Southern Cross Drive

Southern Cross Drive

Southern Cross Drive
New South Wales
General information
Type Motorway
Length 3.5 km (2 mi)
Route number(s)
  • M1 (2013-present)
  • Entire Route
route number
  • Metroad 1 (1993-2013) [1]
  • National Route 1 (1991-1993)[2]
  • State Route 64 (1974-1991)[3]
  • Entire Route
Major junctions
North end Eastern Distributor
Kensington, Sydney
  Wentworth Avenue
Botany Road
South end General Holmes Drive
Mascot, Sydney
Major suburbs / towns Eastlakes, Pagewood
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales
Southern Cross Drive, southerly direction, at the Link Road, Rosebery entrance. Also visible are lane markings to notify motorists of the approaching southern entrance to the Eastern Distributor.
Crossing over Wentworth Avenue.

Southern Cross Drive is a major road in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Part of the M1, the freeway links the Eastern Distributor at Moore Park to General Holmes Drive at Sydney Airport. Eastlakes Golf Club runs alongside Southern Cross Drive. It was opened in 1969.

'Southern Cross Drive' is also the name of an important arterial road in Cape Town, South Africa, on the eastern side of Table Mountain.

The Sydney road was originally built to provide access to the Sydney central business district for suburbs in Southern Sydney and South-eastern Sydney.

With the development of many other motorways and freeways, Southern Cross Drive is part of the 110 kilometre Sydney Orbital Network, providing links without interruption between Greater Western Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, the North Shore and Hills District. It allows a continuous link from the M5 Motorway, General Holmes Drive, Westlink M7, Eastern Distributor, Cahill Expressway, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Warringah Freeway, M4 Motorway, Gore Hill Freeway, Lane Cove Tunnel and the M2 Hills Motorway.

It has connection points at Mill Pond Drive / Botany Road, Wentworth Avenue, Link Road and O'dea / Todman Avenues. There are plans to construct south-facing ramps from Gardeners Road to Southern Cross Drive.[4]

Exits and interchanges

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Randwick Kensington 0 0 Eastern Distributor (M1) – Sydney CBD, Newcastle North-eastern terminus; continues north as Eastern Distributor
Botany Bay Eastlakes 2 1 Wentworth Avenue – Maroubra, Mascot Northbound entry and southbound exit only
Botany 3 2 Botany Road to General Holmes Drive – Botany, Mascot, Arncliffe, Sydney Airport Northbound entry and southbound exit only
4 2 General Holmes Drive (M1) – Wollongong South-western terminus; continues west as General Holmes Drive
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ OZROADS: The Australian Roads Website
  2. ^ OZROADS: The Australian Roads Website
  3. ^ OZROADS: The Australian Roads Website
  4. ^ Southern Cross Drive and Gardeners Road, Eastlakes