Western NSW

Western region contains sweeping plains and rugged mountain ranges, and experiences drought, locust plagues, floods, snow and ice.

About the region

Temperatures in the Western NSW region range from the very high in the far west to very low in the eastern part of the region.

Facts and figures
Western region covers:

  • 431,964 square kilometres of NSW - 54 per cent
  • 28 local government areas
  • 6,314 kilometres of State roads - managed and maintained by Roads and Maritime Services
  • 2,978 kilometres of regional and local roads - managed and maintained by Roads and Maritime.

Major highways and roads in Western region

The Newell Highway (A39) is the longest highway in NSW, stretching over 1,060 kilometres from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border at Goondiwindi. It is a major freight route from Melbourne to Brisbane for heavy vehicles. It is also a route for interstate travellers and tourists between Melbourne or Adelaide in the south to Brisbane in the north, as it is the most direct route.

The Great Western Highway (A32) is the main road link between Sydney and Lithgow and beyond to the central west of NSW. The highway serves as a key freight route between Sydney and the central west of NSW, including the timber industry in the Oberon area. Heavy vehicles make up about 15 per cent of the traffic. It is also a tourist route with destinations including the Blue Mountains, historic Hartley, Jenolan Caves, Mudgee and Bathurst.

Other highways in the region:

  • Castlereagh
  • Carnarvon
  • Oxley
  • Kamilaroi
  • Mid-Western
  • Mitchell
  • Silver City
  • Barrier Highway
  • Cobb.
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