Thunderbolts Way is a 290km country road located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. It is a popular & scenic route from Sydney to the Northern Tablelands & Queensland that avoids the busy Pacific & New England Highways.

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The southern section of the road starts in Gloucester in the hinterland of the Barrington Coast of New South Wales, an easy 240km drive from Sydney’s northern suburbs.

From Gloucester, Thunderbolts Way heads north to Walcha, where it crosses the Oxley Highway and heads to Uralla, where it very briefly joins the New England Highway.

Thunderbolts Way ends at Copes Creek where it becomes Bundarra Road, 16 km south of the Gwydir Highway intersection at Inverell. From Inverell, drivers can continue northwards to Goondiwindi in Queensland, via Yetman Rd & the Bruxner Highway.

Thunderbolts Way is fully sealed & passes through thickly forested mountain areas with many nearby national parks & nature reserves.

It is named after local bushranger Frederick Ward, alias Captain Thunderbolt, who roamed these parts in the 19th century.