Goulburn-Oberon Road

The Goulburn to Oberon Road is a New South Wales country road linking Goulburn near the Hume Highway to Oberon. The road is designated as Main Road 256 and is "seen as a future bypass of Sydney".[1]

Goulburn-Oberon Road

Abercrombie River 2.jpg
Goulburn-Oberon Road bridge over Abercrombie River (photographed prior to 2008).
General information
TypeRural road
Length140 km (87 mi)
Major junctions
North endO'Connell Road, Oberon, New South Wales
 Wombeyan Caves Road
South end Hume Highway (M31), Goulburn, New South Wales
Major settlementsNorway, Black Springs, Swashfield, Porters Retreat, Curraweela, Richlands, Taralga, Myrtleville, Chatsbury, Tarlo, Kenmore

At its northern end, the road passes through imposing plantations of radiata pine trees that supply the timber complex of Oberon.

It is now fully sealed, having undergone extensive work between 2002 and 2008. The final section of around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long, located between the Abercrombie River and the end of Wombeyan Caves Road was sealed in February 2008. In 2007 the Upper Lachlan Shire received a grant of $710,000 over 3 years from the New South Wales Government to cover one third of the cost of realigning and sealing that remaining section and will allocate $1,420,000 of council funds over those three years to complete the work.[1] With the support of Oberon Council the work was completed in the first year.[2]

In conjunction with O'Connell Road from Oberon to Bathurst, this scenic route provides a leisurely and surprisingly direct route between Bathurst and Goulburn. The descent into the Abercrombie River Gorge from the North is particularly scenic.

The Wombeyan Caves Road, leading through the Wombeyan Caves reserve and on to Mittagong starts at the locality of Richlands, around halfway between Goulburn and Oberon. The Laggan-Taralga Road from Crookwell ends in the historic town of Taralga a little further south. The Bannaby road to the locality of Bannaby also starts in Taralga.

Towns, villages and localities, from south to northEdit

Major intersectionsEdit

Goulburn MulwareeGoulburn00.0Sydney Street - east -   Hume Highway (M31) /
Lagoon Street - west - Goulburn CBD, Hume Highway
Southern end of the road from Goulburn to Oberon, which runs north as Union Street, Wilmot Street, Chantry Street, and Tarlo Street before becoming Taralga Road
Wollondilly River1.50.93Bridge over river (name not known)
Tarlo River17.811.1Bridge over river (name not known)
Upper LachlanRichlands53.032.9Wombeyan Caves Road - north-east - Wombeyan Caves
Abercrombie River72.545.0Bridge over river (name not known)
Upper LachlanPaling Yards72.545.0Abercrombie Road - north - OberonThe road from Goulburn to Oberon becomes Abercrombie Road where it crosses the Abercrombie River
OberonOberon14087O'Connell Road - north-west - Bathurst /
south - Oberon /
Albion Street - east - Oberon, Jenolan Caves
Northern end of Goulburn-Oberon Road. Traffic for Bathurst turns left.
Traffic for Jenolan Caves continues straight ahead to bypass the Oberon CBD.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b http://upperlachlan.local-e.nsw.gov.au/files/5194/File/2007-2008ManagementPlan.pdf Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Upper Lachlan Shire Council 2007-2008 Management plan
  2. ^ Oberon Council
  3. ^ Google (16 October 2018). "Goulburn-Oberon Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 16 October 2018.