Major roads in the Mid West region of Western Australia

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Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Mid West region. [1] There are four main highways through the Mid West: The north-south coastal route of Brand Highway and North West Coastal Highway, the inland alternative Great Northern Highway, and the northern section of Goldfields Highway, which links Meekatharra with Kalgoorlie. A network of main roads connects towns within the Mid West to each other, the highways, and neighbouring regions, with local roads providing additional links and access to smaller townsites. Roads are often named after the towns they connect. [2] [3]

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Freight vehicles, servicing the mining and agricultural industries, make up a significant proportion of the traffic using the Mid West road network. Tourist traffic primarily focuses on the coastal routes, which connect visitors to Dongara, Geraldton, Northampton and Kalbarri, and nearby tourist attractions. [4]

Agnew Sandstone Road

Agnew Sandstone Road
(Mid West region)
Location Sandstone
Length89.76 km [5] (55.77 mi)

Agnew Sandstone Road is a main east-west road near the north-eastern edge of the Mid West region. From Sandstone, it travels east towards Agnew in the state's Goldfields-Esperance region. [2]

Brand Highway

Brand Highway
(Mid West region)
Location WarradargeGeraldton
Length187.22 km [5] (116.33 mi)
Route number Australian national route 1.svg National Route 1

Brand Highway is a main north-west to south-east highway in the Mid West region, parallel to the coast. It enters the region a short distance north of the turnoff to Jurien Bay, and continues north-west to Geraldton. [2]

Chapman Valley Road

Chapman Valley Road
Location GeraldtonYuna
Length69.60 km [5] (43.25 mi)

Chapman Valley Road is a main north-east to south-west road in the Mid West region. From Geraldton, it travels north-east for fourteen kilometres (8.7 mi) [5] as a local road until it intersects Morrell Road in Yetna. From that point on it continues as a main road (Moonyoonooka Yuna Road [5] ) to Nabawa and then onto Yuna. [2]

Coolimba–Eneabba Road

Coolimba–Eneabba Road
Location CoolimbaEneabba
Length27.38 km [5] (17.01 mi)

Coolimba–Eneabba Road, [1] also known as Coolimba Eneabba Road, [2] Eneabba–Coolimbia Road, [3] or Eneabba Coolimbia Road, [5] is a main east-west road in the south-west of Western Australia's Mid West region. The road connects Indian Ocean Drive at Coolimba with Brand Highway at Eneabba. [2]

Edward Road

Edward Road
Location GeraldtonWalkaway
Length23.62 km [5] (14.68 mi)

Edward Road is a major road in the Mid West region, linking Geraldton at its north-west end to Walkaway in the south-east. It runs parallel to Brand Highway, but further inland. Several local roads, as well as Geraldton–Mount Magnet Road, connect Edward Road to the highway.

Geraldton–Mount Magnet Road

Geraldton–Mount Magnet Road
Location GeraldtonMount Magnet
Length335.34 km [5] (208.37 mi)
Route number Australian state route 123.svg State Route 123

Geraldton–Mount Magnet Road, [1] also known as Geraldton Mt Magnet Road, [2] is a major east-west road through the centre of the Mid West region. It forms the entirety of State Route 123, linking the coastal city of Geraldton with Mount Magnet on Great Northern Highway.

George Grey Drive

George Grey Drive
Location GregoryKalbarri
Length57.71 km [5] (35.86 mi)
Route number Australian state route 139.svg State Route 139

George Grey Drive is a major north-south coastal road in the Mid West region. From Port Gregory Road near Gregory, it travels north to Kalbarri National Park and Kalbarri. [2]

Both George Grey Drive and Port Gregory Road were declared State Route 139 in March 2016 [6]

Goldfields Highway

Goldfields Highway
(Mid West region)
Location Meekatharra
Length122.89 km [5] (76.36 mi)

Goldfields Highway is a major east-west road that is mostly unsealed. From Meekatharra, it heads east towards Wiluna in the Goldfields-Esperance region. [2]

Great Northern Highway

Great Northern Highway
(Mid West region)
Location Mount GibsonCapricorn
Length842.03 km [3] (523.21 mi)
Route number Australian national highway 95.svg National Highway 95

Great Northern Highway is a main highway through the Mid West region, and part of the Perth to Darwin national highway. From the northern edge of the Wheatbelt, the highway travels north through Paynes Find, Mount Magnet, Cue, and Meekatharra. It continues north for a further 400 kilometres (250 mi), [3] passing the Kumarina Roadhouse on the way, before continuing into the Pilbara region near Newman. [2]

Indian Ocean Drive

Indian Ocean Drive
(Mid West region)
Location Green HeadArrowsmith
Length86.41 km [3] (53.69 mi)
Route number Australian state route 60.svg State Route 60

Indian Ocean Drive is a main north-south coastal road in the south-west of Western Australia's Mid West region. From Green Head, it travels north via Leeman and Coolimba to Brand Highway in Arrowsmith, south of Dongara. [2] It is the northern section of State Route 60, which continues south to central Perth. [7]

John Willcock Link
Location Geraldton
Length4.20 km [5] (2.61 mi)

John Willcock Link is a major urban road in Geraldton, linking the grade separated interchange between Brand Highway and North West Coastal Highway with the West End and the city's port. [2]

Midlands Road

Midlands Road
(Mid West region)
Location WalebingWatheroo
Length77.08 km [5] (47.90 mi)
Route number Australian state route 116.svg State Route 116

Midlands Road, [1] also known as The Midlands Road, [8] is a major road in the Mid West region. The road enters the region at Gunyidi, continuing north from the Wheatbelt. It travels north-west to Mingenew via Coorow, Carnamah, and Three Springs. Beyond Mingenew, it heads west to Dongara, terminating at Brand Highway. Midlands Roads is the northern section of State Route 116, which continues south to Bindoon. [7]

Mingenew–Morawa Road

Mingenew–Morawa Road
Location MingenewMorawa
Length58.75 km [5] (36.51 mi)

Mingenew–Morawa Road, [1] also known as Mingenew Morawa Road, [2] is a major east-west road in the Mid West region. From the Midlands Road at Mingenew, it travels east to Mullewa–Wubin Road at Morawa. Mignew–Mullewa Road, which heads north to Mullewa, branches off the road close to its western end at Mignew. [2]

Morrell Road

Morrell Road
Location Narra Tarra
Length4.32 km [5] (2.68 mi)

Morrell Road is a major north-south road in Narra Tarra, east of Geraldton, that connects Chapman Valley Road with Narra Tarra Moonyoonooka Road. [2] [5]

Mount Magnet Sandstone Road

Mount Magnet Sandstone Road
Location Mount MagnetSandstone
Length153.90 km [5] (95.63 mi)

Mount Magnet Sandstone Road is a main east-west road in the Mid West region. From Mount Magnet, the road travels east to Sandstone. Through-traffic can continue east on Agnew Sandstone Road. [2]

Mullewa–Wubin Road

Mullewa–Wubin Road
(Mid West region)
Location MayaMullewa
Length194.36 km [5] (120.77 mi)

Mullewa–Wubin Road, [1] also known as Mullewa Wubin Road, [2] is a major north-west to south-east road near in the Mid West region. The road enters the region at Maya, continuing north from Great Northern Highway at Wubin in the Wheatbelt. It heads north-west towards Mullewa, via Latham, Perenjori, and Morawa. The northern terminus is at Geraldton–Mount Magnet Road. [2]

Narra Tarra Moonyoonooka Road

Narra Tarra Moonyoonooka Road
Location Narra TarraMoonyoonooka
Length10.77 km [5] (6.69 mi)

Narra Tarra Moonyoonooka Road, [1] also known as Moonyoonooka Narra Tarra Road, [5] is a main north-south road in the Mid West region. The road begins at Geraldton–Mount Magnet Road at Moonyoonooka, and heads north to Narra Tarra, where it becomes Morrell Road. [2]

North West Coastal Highway

North West Coastal Highway
(Mid West region)
Location GeraldtonEurardy
Length180.19 km [5] (111.96 mi)
Route number Australian national route 1.svg National Route 1

North West Coastal Highway is a main north-south highway in the Mid West region. It begins at a grade separated interchange with Brand Highway in Geraldton, and from there heads north via Northampton to Eurardy at the northern edge of the Mid West region. [2]

Port Gregory Road

Port Gregory Road
Location NorthamptonGregory
Length57.61 km [5] (35.80 mi)
Route number Australian state route 139.svg State Route 139

Port Gregory Road, [1] also known as Northampton–Port Gregory Road, [5] is a 57.6-kilometre-long (35.8 mi) main east-west road in the Mid West region. From Northampton, it travels west towards the coastal town of Gregory. Just outside the townsite, the road intersects George Grey Drive, and past this point it continues as a local road for the final 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi). [2]

Both Port Gregory Road and George Grey Drive were declared State Route 139 in March 2016 [9]

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