Barrier Highway

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Barrier Highway
South Australia New South Wales
Highway sign, Yunta, South Australia
General information
Type Highway
Length 1,014 km (630 mi)
Route number(s) A32
Giles Corner - SA/NSW Border
SA/NSW Border - Nyngan
route number
National Route 32
Entire route
Major junctions
West end Main North Road (A32/B82),
Giles Corner, South Australia
East end Mitchell Highway (A32/B71),
Nyngan, New South Wales
Major settlements Saddleworth, Burra, Peterborough, Yunta, Olary, Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Cobar
Highway system

The Barrier Highway is a highway in New South Wales [1] and South Australia [2] signposted as part of route A32.


Barrier Highway near Cobar


The Barrier Highway starts at Nyngan where it joins the Mitchell Highway. It heads west past Hermidale and Boppy Mountain to Cobar, a mining town. It then continues to Wilcannia where it crosses the Darling River. Further west it passes through Broken Hill and enters South Australia, turning southwest towards Adelaide. It joins Main North Road at Giles Corner between Riverton and Tarlee. Route A32 continues on Main North Road to Gawler where it joins Route A20 (the Sturt Highway).

The area traversed by the Barrier Highway is remote and very sparsely settled. The name of the highway is derived from the Barrier Ranges, an area of moderately high ground in the far west of New South Wales, which the highway traverses.

Major intersections

StateLGALocationkm [3] miDestinationsNotes
South Australia Clare and Gilbert Valleys Giles Corner 00.0 Main North Road (A32 south-east / B82 north-west)  Tarlee, Auburn South-western highway terminus
Saddleworth 17.610.9 Marrabel Road (B84) east  Marrabel, Eudunda B84 southern concurrency terminus
18.311.4 Auburn Road (B84) west  Auburn, Port Wakefield B84 northern concurrency terminus
Goyder Hanson 56.935.4Farrell Flat Road  Farrell Flat, Clare
Burra 71.644.5 Goyder Highway (B64) east  Morgan, Waikerie B64 southern concurrency terminus
78.448.7 Goyder Highway (B64) west  Spalding, Crystal Brook B64 northern concurrency terminus
Hallett 10263 Wilkins Highway (B78) west / Jessie Street east  Jamestown
Peterborough Ucolta 15697 Wilmington–Ucolta Road (B56)  Peterborough, Port Augusta
Outback Areas CDT Yunta 227141Yunta–Waukaringa Road  Waukaringa
Cockburn 377234South Australia–New South Wales border
New South Wales Broken Hill Broken Hill
423263Brookfield Avenue north-west / Galena Street south-east  Silverton Roundabout
425264Williams Street (Silver City Highway) north-east / Iodide Street north-west  Tibooburra Eastbound traffic turns south-east; westbound traffic turns south-west
426265 Silver City Highway (B79) south-east / Argent Street south-west  Wentworth Eastbound traffic turns north-east; westbound traffic turns north-west
427265Menindee Road  Menindee
Central Darling Wilcannia 621386White Cliffs Road  White Cliffs
Darling River 622386Bridge over river
Central DarlingWilcannia641398 Cobb Highway (B75)  Ivanhoe, Hay
Cobar Cobar 882–
Kidman Way (B87)  Bourke, Condobolin, Hillston Pair of closely spaced intersections
Bogan Nyngan 1,012629 Mitchell Highway (A32 south / B71 north)  Bourke, Charleville, Dubbo, Bathurst North-eastern highway terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. Barrier Highway (NSW), Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on 21 February 2010.[ self-published source ]
  2. Barrier Highway (SA) Archived 8 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine ., South Australia Central. Retrieved on 21 February 2010.
  3. Google (21 January 2014). "Barrier Highway" (Map). Google Maps . Google. Retrieved 21 January 2014.