Calder Highway

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Calder Highway
New South Wales – Victoria
General information
Type Highway
Length 448 km (278 mi)
Route number(s)
  • B79 (2013-present)
    Silver City Highway - NSW/Vic. Border
  • A79 (1998-present)
    NSW/Vic. Border - Calder Freeway
  • Duplexes:
  • (1998-present)
    Bendigo - Calder Freeway
Former
route number
  • National Route 79 (? - 1998 / 2013)
    in Vic. / NSW respectively
Major junctions
NW end
 
SE end
Location(s)
Major settlements Mildura, Ouyen, Charlton, Bendigo
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

Calder Highway[1] is a highway in Australia, linking Ravenswood South in Victoria, to Mildura. North of the Victoria/New South Wales border, the highway continues north to Broken Hill, Tibooburra and the New South Wales/Queensland border as the Silver City Highway, as route B79 as far as Broken Hill.[2][broken citation]

History[edit]

The Calder Highway was named after William Calder, who was chairman of the Country Roads Board from 1913 to 1928. The CRB was renamed Victorian Road Construction Authority and is today known as VicRoads.

The highway was originally allocated a National Route 79 shield. With Victoria's conversion to the newer alphanumeric system in the late 1990s this was altered to an A79 designation for the majority highway portion, with the New South Wales section allocated B79 in 2013.

Route[edit]

South of the Victoria/New South Wales border the highway is a two-lane, single carriageway in each direction, continuing through northwest Victoria from the Abbotsford Bridge, through Merbein to the major regional town of Mildura in the state's north-west. Here also it crosses the Sturt Highway (A20) leading to capital cities Adelaide heading west and Sydney heading east. Further south, it crosses the Mallee Highway (B12) at Ouyen and runs south-east eventually to Bendigo. Between Wycheproof and Red Cliffs the highway has a speed limit of 110 km/h.

The Calder Alternate Highway (A790) leaves the A79 just north of Ravenswood and bypasses the Bendigo suburban area, rejoining the A79 at Marong, west of Bendigo.

For most of its length from Bendigo to its end at its junction with the Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne, the Calder Highway is a four lane dual carriageway, upgraded to freeway standard as the Calder Freeway. The Old Calder Highway has been designated C794 from where it leaves the new Calder Freeway at Ravenswood South.

Gallery of notable sights[edit]

Major Intersections and Towns[edit]

Calder Highway
Northbound Distance to
Broken Hill
(km)
Distance to
Melbourne
(km)
Southbound
End Calder Highway
continues as Silver City Highway
to Wentworth and Broken Hill
273 565 Start Calder Highway
from Silver City Highway
Buronga
Silver City Highway High Speed Intersection
Start 273.5 564.5 End
MURRAY RIVER MURRAY RIVER
NEW SOUTH WALES
STATE BORDER
VICTORIA
End 273.5 564.5 Start
Mildura Town Centre
Ranfurly Way High Speed Intersection
284.5 553.5 Merbein
Merbein Mildura Town Centre
Ranfurly Way High Speed Intersection
continues as 294 544 Renmark, Adelaide
Sturt Highway High Speed Intersection
Renmark, Adelaide
Sturt Highway High Speed Intersection
duplexes with
Northbound Distance to
Mildura
(km)
Distance to
Melbourne
via
(km)
Southbound
duplexes with 2 541 Mildura Town Centre, Balranald, Sydney
Sturt Highway Australia R1-3.svg
Mildura Town Centre, Balranald, Sydney
Sturt Highway Australia R1-3.svg
continues as
Buronga
Benetook Avenue (Buronga-Mildura Road) Australia R1-3.svg
4 539 Buronga
Benetook Avenue (Buronga-Mildura Road) Australia R1-3.svg
Irymple 6 537 Irymple
Red Cliffs 15 528 Red Cliffs
Meringur
Red Cliffs-Meringur Road High Speed Intersection
17 526 Meringur
Red Cliffs-Meringur Road High Speed Intersection
Colignan
Red Cliffs-Colignan Road High Speed Intersection
18 525 Colignan
Red Cliffs-Colignan Road High Speed Intersection
Robinvale
Hattah-Robinvale Road High Speed Intersection
67 476 Robinvale
Hattah-Robinvale Road High Speed Intersection
Ouyen 102 441 Ouyen
continues as 102.2 440.8 Piangil, Swan Hill
Mallee Highway High Speed Intersection
Piangil, Balranald, Sydney
Mallee Highway High Speed Intersection
duplexes with
duplexes with 102.3 440.7 Pinnaroo, Murray Bridge, Adelaide
Mallee Highway High Speed Intersection
Pinnaroo, Murray Bridge, Adelaide
Mallee Highway High Speed Intersection
continues as
Birchip
Sunraysia Highway High Speed Intersection
113 430 Birchip, Ballarat, Portland
Melbourne via Freeway
Sunraysia Highway High Speed Intersection
Mittyack 139 404 Mittyack
Patchewollock
Patchewollock-Sea Lake Road High Speed Intersection
172 371 Patchewollock
Patchewollock-Sea Lake Road High Speed Intersection
Robinvale
Robinvale-Sea Lake Road High Speed Intersection
187 356 Robinvale
Robinvale-Sea Lake Road High Speed Intersection
continues as 191 352 Sea Lake
Swan Hill
Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road High Speed Intersection
Swan Hill
Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road High Speed Intersection
Sea Lake duplexes with
duplexes with 191.5 351.5 To Birchip
Hopetoun
Birchip-Sea Lake Road High Speed Intersection
To Birchip
Hopetoun
Birchip-Sea Lake Road High Speed Intersection
continues as
Donald, Swan Hill
Donald-Swan Hill Road High Speed Intersection
252 291 Swan Hill, Donald
Donald-Swan Hill Road High Speed Intersection
Birchip
Birchip-Wycheproof Road High Speed Intersection
267 276 Birchip
Birchip-Wycheproof Road High Speed Intersection
Boort
Boort-Wycheproof Road High Speed Intersection
268 275 Wycheproof
Wycheproof Boort
Boort-Wycheproof Road High Speed Intersection
St Arnaud
St Arnaud-Wycheproof Road High Speed Intersection
274 269 St Arnaud
St Arnaud-Wycheproof Road High Speed Intersection
Donald, Dimboola
Borung Highway High Speed Intersection
297 246 Donald, Dimboola
Borung Highway High Speed Intersection
St Arnaud
Charlton-St Arnaud Road High Speed Intersection
298 245 Charlton
Charlton St Arnaud
Charlton-St Arnaud Road High Speed Intersection
Boort, Kerang
Boort-Charlton Road High Speed Intersection
299 244 Boort, Kerang
Boort-Charlton Road High Speed Intersection
Wedderburn 329 214 Wedderburn
Boort, Kerang
Boort-Wedderburn Road High Speed Intersection
329.3 213.7 Boort, Kerang
Boort-Wedderburn Road High Speed Intersection
Logan, St Arnaud
Logan-Wedderburn Road High Speed Intersection
329.5 213.5 Logan, St Arnaud
Logan-Wedderburn Road High Speed Intersection
Inglewood 358 185 Inglewood
Dunolly, Maryborough
Bridgewater-Dunolly Road
Serpentine, Kerang
Bridgewater-Serpentine Road High Speed Intersection
365 178 Serpentine, Kerang
Bridgewater-Serpentine Road
Dunolly, Maryborough
Bridgewater-Dunolly Road High Speed Intersection
Bridgewater On Loddon 365.5 177.5 Bridgewater On Loddon
Maldon
Bridgewater-Maldon Road High Speed Intersection
366 177 Maldon, Castlemaine
Bridgewater-Maldon Road High Speed Intersection
To St Arnaud, Horsham
Melbourne via Town Bypass
Calder Alternative Highway High Speed Intersection
388 155 Marong
Marong To St Arnaud
Melbourne via Town Bypass
Calder Alternative Highway High Speed Intersection
Westbound Distance to
Mildura
(km)
Distance to
Bendigo
(km)
Eastbound
Long Gully, Eaglehawk, Golden Square
Golden Square-Long Gully Road High Speed Intersection
399 4 Golden Square, Long Gully
Golden Square-Long Gully Road High Speed Intersection
Eaglehawk, Kerang
Loddon Valley Highway Australia W3-3.svg
401 2 Eaglehawk, Kerang
Loddon Valley Highway Australia W3-3.svg
White Hills
Eaglehawk Road High Speed Intersection
401.6 1.4 White Hills, Echuca, Shepparton
Eaglehawk Road High Speed Intersection
Northbound Distance to
Bendigo
(km)
Distance to
Melbourne
(km)
Southbound
continues as 1 150 Bendigo City Centre
To Heathcote, Kilmore
Echuca, Shepparton
High Street
Quarry Hill, Flora Hill
Myrtle Street Australia W3-3.svg
Bendigo City Centre
To Heathcote, Kilmore
Echuca, Shepparton
High Street
Quarry Hill, Flora Hill
Myrtle Street Australia W3-3.svg
duplexes with
Long Gully, Eaglehawk
Golden Square-Long Gully Road
Quarry Hill, Strathdale
Golden Square-Quarry Hill Road Australia W3-3.svg
3.6 147.4 Quarry Hill
Golden Square-Quarry Hill Road
Long Gully
Golden Square-Long Gully Road Australia W3-3.svg
Maryborough
Bendigo-Maryborough Road Australia W3-3.svg
6 145 Kangaroo Flat
Kangaroo Flat Maryborough
Bendigo-Maryborough Road Australia W3-3.svg
Mildura via Town Bypass
Calder Alternative Highway High Speed Intersection
16 135 Mildura via Town Bypass
Calder Alternative Highway High Speed Intersection
Start Calder Highway
from Calder Freeway
25 126 Harcourt, Elphinstone, Taradale
Old Calder Highway
Maldon
Fogartys Gap Road High Speed Intersection
End Calder Highway
continues as Calder Freeway
to Castlemaine, Ballarat and Melbourne

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calder Freeway & Calder Highway (M/A79), Expressway - Paul Rands. Retrieved on 11 September 2013.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Silver City Highway, Tibooburra, 2007-12-25 

See also[edit]