Lake Macquarie History

Pacific Highway

The Main Roads Board was constituted in 1925 and work commenced shortly after on the highway. The section between Newcastle and Gosford was completed in 1930. Crossing the Swansea Bridges, the Pacific Highway becomes a divided road incorporating Victoria Street, Main Road and a section of Bowman Street. Swansea's civic centre is located here.

The Swansea Centre, which incorporates the library, Visitor Information and Youth Centres, are just a few of the places of interest here. When a section of the Highway was diverted the original section became known as 'Old Pacific Highway'. The Pacific Highway, State Highway 10, is under RTA control.

Acknowledgement of Country

We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country. It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters. Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.

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