South Western Highway
Infobox Australian Road
road_name = South Western Highway
length = 406
direction = Northwest-Southeast
through = Serpentine, North Dandalup, Pinjarra, Waroona, Yarloop, Harvey, Brunswick Junction, Bunbury, Donnybrook, Bridgetown, Manjimup
route = "Bunbury - South Coast Highway"
exits = Thomas Road,
Uduc Road, Coalfields Road, Robertson Drive, Brockman Highway, Muirs Highway, Vasse Highway
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South Western Highway is a highway in the South West region of
Western Australiaconnecting Perth's southeast with Walpole. It is a part of the National Highway 1 network for most of its length. It is about convert|406|km|mi|0|lk=on long.
Perth to Bunbury
From Perth, the highway, signed as State Route 20, starts from the
Albany Highwayjunction in Armadale, 28 km from Perth, and follows a north-south route 20-30 km inland from the coast, passing through several agricultural and timber towns that sprang up in the 1890s when the nearby railway came through, such as Pinjarra, Waroona, Yarloop and Harvey.
Just past Brunswick Junction, the highway heads southwest towards Western Australia's second-largest city, Bunbury. The typical scenery on this part of the highway includes small dairy farms and orchards,
jarrahand marri remnant forests and pine plantations.
Until the 1980s, the Armadale-Bunbury section was part of National Highway 1, but following the upgrading of
Old Coast Roadand construction of the Mandurah bypass, Highway 1 now follows the coastal route via Kwinana Freewayand Old Coast Road to Bunbury passing through the resort town of Mandurah.
The highway does not actually enter Bunbury - it stops at the industrial suburb of Picton, following Robertson Drive (Bunbury's ring road) for 1km south before turning southeast past Bunbury Airport towards Boyanup. The highway actually used to follow what is now Boyanup-Picton Road from Picton via Dardanup, but changed to the present shorter route in the 1980s.
Bunbury to Walpole
From Bunbury, the highway goes through Boyanup and on to Donnybrook, the heart of WA's
applecountry. From then on the highway passes through thick forests featuring many native trees like jarrah, marri and karri. The region was settled much later than other parts of south western WA, under a soldier resettlement scheme in the 1920s. Typical scenery is farmland interspersed with forests and small timber towns.
The highway then goes through Bridgetown (where it meets the
Brockman Highwayfrom Augusta and Nannup), Manjimup and finally to Walpole. This part of the highway, especially from Manjimup, is sparsely populated and very thickly forested, with abundant wildlife and wildflowers as well as many old growth trees, especially the giant karri.
From Walpole, the Highway 1 continues as
South Coast Highwayto Albany.
Armadale to Picton
* ("at Mundijong") Del Park Road to Dwellingup
Picton to Walpole
* ("at Boyanup") to Stratham
* ("at Donnybrook") Goodwood Road to Capel
* ("at Bridgetown") to Boyup Brook
* ("at Bridgetown")
Brockman Highwayto Nannup and Augusta
* ("15km south of Manjimup")
Vasse Highwayto Pemberton
Highways in Australia
List of highways in Western Australia
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