Illawarra Highway

The Illawarra Highway is a state highway in New South Wales, Australia. It connects Wollongong to the Southern Highlands and links the Princes Highway and Hume Highway.[1][2]

Illawarra Highway

General information
Length62 km (39 mi)
Route number(s)
  • A48
  • (Entire Route)
route number
  • National Route 48
  • (Prior to 2013)
Major junctions
West end
 for full list see major intersections
East end
Major settlements
Highway system


It is named after the geographical area it crosses, the Illawarra region. Typical scenery is beautiful as it crosses the Macquarie Valley (Shellharbour) and the spectacular Macquarie Pass, with many hairpin bends and steep gradients, unsuitable for large and articulated vehicles. Trucks are instead advised to use the Mount Ousley Road (Route B88), also known as Picton Road. The pass has one of the southernmost stands of Australia's sub tropical rainforest.

The main towns en route are Albion Park in the Shellharbour area and Robertson and Moss Vale on the Southern Highlands. Spectacular National Parks surrounds them. Both Robertson and Moss Vale are quaint country towns with 19th-century buildings still intact, While Albion Park is an inland town of Shellharbour

Major intersectionsEdit

WingecarribeeSutton Forest0.00.0  Hume Highway (M31) / Canyonleigh Road west – Sydney, Goulburn, CanyonleighWestern terminus at diamond interchange; continues west as Canyonleigh Road
6.84.2Exeter Road – Exeter
Moss Vale13.58.4Argyle Road (Old Hume Highway) east / Sutton Road north – Bowral, MittagongRoundabout
17.310.7Nowra Road – Kangaroo Valley, Nowra
Avoca23.614.7  Sheepwash Road – Nowra, Mittagong
Robertson37.723.4Jamberoo Mountain Road – Jamberoo, Kiama
ShellharbourAlbion Park59.436.9Tongarra Road east / Terry Street south – Shellharbour, KiamaTraffic light intersection
Albion Park Rail62.138.6   Princes Motorway (M1) north / Princes Highway (A1) south – Wollongong, Sydney, Kiama, NowraEastern terminus at roundabout
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ National Route 48, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved 11 May 2008.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Illawarra Highway Archived 2 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Hotkey. Retrieved 11 May 2008.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Google (3 February 2016). "Illawarra Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 3 February 2016.