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Calga is a tiny place on the Old Pacific Highway south of Gosford. Back in its Highway One heyday all the traffic on the Pacific Highway used to pass through here. Since it was bypassed in the 1960s it's just a tiny community with traces and relics of a much busier past all around.

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Abandoned Freeway Bridge

This is something you don't see everyday:)

A mid-1960s freeway-style loop of Old Highway One passed north through Peats Ridge and then back south to re-join the modern freeway alignment near Somersby. The old freeway loop was bypassed by a new and much more direct freeway alignment in the mid-1980s. The realignment led to the closure of the famous Oak Milk Bar (closed 1986), which they say, in addition to other great road food, once served literally thousands of "Oak Shakes" daily. Customers included highway travellers (such as the writer in the early 1970s) and passengers from as many as 150 different buses per day. Although the Oak Milk Bar is closed, the old building lives on as "Peats Ridge Village".

This abandoned Calga freeway bridge dates back to when the Peats Ridge loop was bypassed in the 1970s.

Highway Sign

Almost the only traffic through Calga nowadays is traffic entering/exiting the freeway at the access ramps here or the road warriors braving the VERY twisty Pacific Highway's original route.

Old Shop

The former Calga Motors was one of the casualties when the highway traffic stopped passing through here.

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Last Updated: 23 Jan 2012
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