Kings Highway connects Queanbeyan, New
South Wales and Batemans Bay, New South Wales. It starts on Canberra Avenue at the border of
Capital Territory and New South Wales, passing through Queanbeyan, briefly crossing back
into the ACT and then heads south-east to Batemans
Kings Highway (formerly called Kings
Way), National Route 52, links Canberrans to the coast
Horse teams carting goods from the
ship at Nellingen to Braidwood, crossing Currajong Creek, about
The road through the Clyde Mountain
area was surveyed by Thomas
service across the Clyde
River was begun at Nelligen in 1895 linking Batemans Bay to Braidwood.
The service continued until 1964 when the Nelligen bridge was
construction commenced on Headquarters Joint Operations
Command between Bungendore and Queanbeyan.
facility is expected to be completed in mid 2008. There is a
potential future impact of approximately 800 extra cars a day
travelling to the facility from Queanbeyan and Canberra.
Notable Features and Landmarks
A small rock cave at "Pooh Bear's Corner" can be found near the top
of the Clyde Mountain pass. This was the location of a munitions
store during the Second World War that could be detonated to stop
passage from the coast to the national capital inland.
Dozens of soft toys are placed in the eucalyptus trees along the
stretch of road that connects Queanbeyan and Bungendore.
It is signed as National Route 52. The Roads and Traffic Authority
NSW has come to an informal agreement with councils along the route
to sign the entire route as Kings Highway, despite it having no
single declared name along its route. The National Route was
established in 1974.
The Kings Highway links Highway
) to the
capital and links Canberrans to the sea (NSW South Coast
such, the highway is often busy on weekends, especially during
summer. The highway also experiences a high number of car
accidents, on occasions averaging around one every three days,
costing the local community around the highway several million
dollars a year .
passed include Bungendore, Braidwood and Nelligen.
Landscape is generally sheep country. The highway travels from the
tablelands to the sea via Clyde
In the order of 3,000 vehicles a day were using the highway at
Nelligen in 2003. From Braidwood (at the Shoalhaven River Bridge)
there were about 4,200 cars travelling on the road. Out of
Bungendore near Burbong, 5,600 cars were counted each day.
Casualty crash rates on the Kings Highway are 85% higher than the
NSW average and road fatalities are 8% higher. The NRMA
Road survey found:
In particular, the rate of people hospitalised after
crashes on the Kings Highway is well over the national
877 crashes were recorded on Kings Highway over a
10-year period, an average of about one crash every four
Over this time there have been 24 fatal crashes, 355
crashes resulting in injury and 488 crashes resulting in property
The rate was worse than this in 2004, when there were
103 crashes resulting in six fatalities and 53
Crashes on the Kings Highway have cost $42.65 million
over the past three years – that’s equivalent to nearly $39,000
Safety: particular concerns over Clyde Mountain, and
only 5% of road deemed to provide “safe” overtaking
Two blackspots (one in Eurobodalla and one in Palerang)
and 16 blacklengths (nine in Eurobodalla, six in Palerang and one
in Queanbeyan City) are identified.
The 40km section of road over the Great Dividing Range
– which includes Clyde Mountain – recorded the highest number of
crashes, with 22% of all incidents occurring in this
The most common type of crash – 18% of all incidents –
was when a vehicle leaves the road to the left on a right hand bend
and crashes into a stationary object.
Head-on collisions made up one in 10 of all
Crashes occurred most frequently on Sundays (20%) and
least frequently on Tuesdays (9%).