The eastern end of Cross Road. Urrbrae is on the left

Cross Road is a major arterial road that travels east–west through the inner southern suburbs of the Australian city of Adelaide.[1] Its western terminus is at Anzac Highway, travelling east and ending at Glen Osmond and the Adelaide Hills, joining the junction of Glen Osmond Road, Portrush Road, and South Eastern Freeway.

Route description

There are three railway level crossings along Cross Road: the Glenelg Tram in Plympton, the Seaford railway line at Emerson Crossing and the Belair railway line and Adelaide-Melbourne railway in Unley Park. South Road passes over the Emerson level crossing on a large overpass. It was built between 1982 and 1984 to reduce the traffic congestion caused by the junction and level crossing. All other junctions are at-grade, with traffic lights at main roads.

There are a number of suburbs which Cross Road passes through and borders. These are:


In a 1949 street directory, Cross Road had its current route, but was named "Cross Roads" (plural) and is shown as the aggregation of a number of local street names including:[2]

  • High Terrace (between Fullarton and Unley Roads)
  • Napier Terrace (Between Unley and Goodwood Roads)
  • South Terrace (between Goodwood and South Roads)
  • Glen Osmond Road (between South and Marion Roads)
  • Plympton Terrace (between Marion Road and Anzac Highway)

Major intersections

City of Unley, City of MitchamGlen Osmond, Myrtle Bank, Urrbrae00.0
Myrtle Bank, Urrbrae, Highgate, Netherby1.60.99Fullarton RoadEastwood, Adelaide city centre / Mitcham, Belair
Malvern, Kingswood, Unley Park, Hawthorn3.32.1Adelaide city centre / – Blackwood
Unley Park, Hawthorn, Kings Park, Westbourne Park4.32.7Belair railway line and Adelaide-Melbourne railway line
Kings Park, Westbourne Park, Clarence Park, Cumberland Park4.93.0Goodwood RoadAdelaide city centre / Darlington
City of Unley, City of Mitcham, City of MarionBlack Forest, Clarence Park, Clarence Gardens, Glandore, Edwardstown6.54.0 Main South RoadHindmarsh / DarlingtonEmerson Crossing – South Road goes over a bridge, and Seaford railway line is a level crossing under the bridge, between the junction ramps
MarionSouth Plympton, Plympton Park8.15.0 Marion RoadAdelaide Airport
City of Marion, City of West TorrensPlympton, Plympton Park8.35.2Glenelg tram
West TorrensPlympton8.85.5 Anzac HighwayGlenelg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4.
  2. ^ "Gregory's Street Directory of Adelaide and Suburbs" (1949 ed.). Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via Open Street Map Australia.
  3. ^ "Property Location Browser". Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b Google (9 July 2016). "Cross Road, Adelaide" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 July 2016.