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Maroondah Highway

Whitehorse Road

Maroondah Highway in Lilydale
General information
TypeHighway
Length188 km (117 mi)
Route number(s)
Former
route number
Major junctions
Southwest end Cotham Road (State Route 34), Balwyn, Melbourne
 
Northeast end Mount Buller Road (C320), Mansfield
Location(s)
Major settlementsNunawading, Ringwood, Lilydale, Coldstream, Healesville, Buxton, Alexandra, Merton
Highway system

Maroondah Highway[2] (also known as Whitehorse Road from Balwyn to Mitcham) is a major east-west thoroughfare in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and a highway servicing the lower alpine region Victoria, Australia.

History

In the 1850s, Whitehorse Road was built to be the primary route from Melbourne to Gippsland, a rather circuitous route which went via the Dandenong Ranges. The primary route to Gippsland from the CBD is now through Monash Freeway and the South Gippsland Highway.

The road, when first built, was named Three Chain Road, due to the road width being 66 yards (60 m) wide.

The traffic led to the establishment of a hotel in Box Hill named the White Horse hotel which had been named for a horse belonging to Captain Elgar, a property owner in the area. It is this hotel of which the road obtained its name. However, the hotel was forced to shut its doors in 1921 when Box Hill became a dry area. A replica of the white horse from the roof of the hotel now stands in the median strip of Whitehorse Road, while the restored original is located in the Box Hill Town Hall.[3]

Route

Whitehorse Road/Maroondah Hwy begins as a continuation of Cotham Road at Burke Road, through the suburbs of Balwyn and Deepdene. At this point, it is a typical inner-Melbourne, four lane, single carriageway arterial road. The route 109 tram also runs along this stretch of the road.[4] The road continues through Mont Albert, until its intersection with Elgar Road in Box Hill, where the road becomes a four lane dual carriageway with trams running down the central median strip. Burke Road and Elgar Roads being the east and west boundaries of Captain Elgar's original two mile square property. The tram terminates at Market Street, a few blocks further on. It passes through the suburbs of Blackburn, Nunawading and Mitcham. From Ringwood, the road is known only as Maroondah Highway and it continues north-east past Croydon towards Lilydale where it becomes a rural highway. There is a moderately steep and moderately twisty section through forest between Healesville and Buxton, and the road then continues through farmland all the way through to Mansfield via Alexandra and Bonnie Doon.

Major intersections and towns

LGALocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
BoroondaraKew, Deepdene2.51.6 Burke Road (State Route 17) – Camberwell, HeidelbergContinues as Whitehorse Road
Balwyn4.32.7Balwyn Road – Canterbury, Doncaster
7.34.5Elgar Road – Burwood, Doncaster
WhitehorseBox Hill8.15.0 Station Street (state route 47) – Huntingdale, Doncaster
9.45.8 Middleborough Road (state route 23) – Mount Waverley, Doncaster
10.96.8 Chapel Street (Blackburn Road) (state route 13) – Blackburn, Edithvale
11.06.8 Surry Road (Blackburn Roadstate route 13) – Doncaster East, Warrandyte
Nunawading12.88.0 Springvale Road (state route 40) – Glen Waverley, Donvale
Mitcham14.48.9 Mitcham Road (state route 36) – Wantirna, Donvale, Doncaster
16.410.2 EastLink / Ringwood BypassDoncaster, MelbourneGrade Separated Intersection
16.410.2 EastLinkDandenong, Frankston
17.410.8 Wantirna Road (state route 9) – Wantirna
MaroondahRingwood17.711.0 Warrandyte Road (state route 9) – Warrandyte
18.411.4 Mount Dandenong Road / Ringwood BypassCroydon, Mount Dandenong
22.814.2 Kent Avenue – Croydon, Bayswater
23.014.3 Yarra Road – Wonga Park, Warrandyte
25.515.8 Dorset Road – Boronia, Ferntree Gully
Yarra RangesLilydale31.519.6Anderson Street – Monbulk, Montrose, Bayswater
33.520.8 Warburton Highway (route B380) – Woori Yallock, WarburtonState route 34 west, B300 east
Coldstream3723 Melba HighwayYarra GlenB300 west, B360 east
5132Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road – Woori Yallock, Cockatoo, Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup
5333 Healesville-Kinglake Road – Yarra Glen, Kinglake, Yea
HealesvilleYarra River
5434 Badger Creek Road – Badger Creek
54.533.9 Don Road – Mount Donna Buang, Yarra Junction
MurrindindiNarbethong7848 Marysville Road – Mount Donna Buang, Warburton, Marysville
92.557.5 Buxton-Marysville Road – Lake Mountain, Marysville
Buxton10465 Taggerty-Thornton Road – Eildon, Jamieson
AlexandraGoulburn River
12276 Goulburn Valley HighwayEildonRoute B340, concurrent with Goulburn Valley Highway
Koriella12980 Goulburn Valley HighwayYea, Seymour
Yarck13584 Maroondah Link Highway – Yea, Seymour, Yarra Glen, Melbourne
MansfieldMerton15496 Euroa-Mansfield Road – Euroa, Shepparton
Bonnie Doon15999Lake Eildon
Maindample179111 Midland Link HighwayBenalla
Mansfield191119
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

  1. ^ State Route 153 - Melba Highway to Midland Highway via Maroondah Highway, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 15 September 2013.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Decommissioned State Route 34 - Maroondah Highway, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 15 September 2013.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Box Hill - Place". eMelbourne. University of Melbourne. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ "109 Box Hill - Port Melbourne". Public Transport Victoria.
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