With the New Year rapidly approaching and so many Australians ‘on the move’ for the Summer break, it seemed the perfect time to look a little more closely at some of the roads which have carried much of this traffic for so long, and which run past Berowra.
There has been a major road running past what was to become Berowra since well before the first settler on the ridge, Mary Wall, arrived. In fact, this road, then known as Peats Road was the main road North, having replaced the unreliable and difficult to traverse ‘Great North Road’ in the early 1850s. Mary Wall, who was for so long believed to have bush bashed her way to Berowra almost certainly followed this road and settled along its edge.
Peats Road, which became known as the Pacific Highway remained the main route North for over a century and is still a major road. Many residents of Berowra recall that during periods of heavy traffic, such as holiday periods it was nigh on impossible to leave Berowra due to the traffic gridlock!
In the 1960s and 70s a new toll road, the F3 Freeway was opened to help carry the abundant traffic which ran past Berowra. Today, this road, now widened, upgraded and free still carries thousands of holiday makers out of and into Sydney during holiday periods.