Originally posted by D-Type
.....But I suppose technically it is a toll road.
A toll road is a road on which you are charged a toll for it to take you somewhere. Even if that's just to a lookout (as at Pikes Peak?) or through some scenic area.
The sole purpose of the Nurburgring's 'toll' is to allow people to try the racing circuit.
As Paul points out, Bathurst's Mt Panorama Scenic Drive has always been freely available to traffic except when it's closed for races or hillclimbs. It requires, I gather, an Act of NSW Parliament to increase the number of days it's closed to the public. Even then, it's was always the case that it was only closed during the hours of competition (with an allowance for setting up), though today it tends to be closed on a full-time basis with periodic access for residents only.
In John Medley's book it explains that though the original proposals to join the two ends of the straights which provided access to the farms on the lower ground by building the scenic drive over Bald Hills would seem to have been benign, right from the beginning can be seen 'sporting interest' in the road.
Like the Nurburgring, the use of 'relief labour' was a part of the construction. Poor economic circumstances of the times in both countries meant that projects such as these employed people who had no other work.
But at Bathurst there was an already-existing interest in racing motorcycles on public roads (the Vale circuit on the Perthville road) and people in authority who took an insterest in motor sport. Moreover, people in the Light Car Club of Australia were making overtures to the Council suggesting that they could run motor racing on the 'circuit' when it was completed.
The planned course of the scenic drive, therefore, took shape with a view to meeting some of the requirements of the racing fraternity. The Council were keen to go down this path because the expected influx of spectators (and racers) a couple of times a year would also be good for the Bathurst economy.
I think that's also true of the region in which the Nurburgring was built...