List of highways in Victoria
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The highways in Victoria are the highest density in any state in Australia. Unlike Australia's other mainland states where vast areas are very sparsely inhabited "outback", population centres spread out over most of the state, with only the far north-west and the Victorian Alps lacking permanent settlement. Highways have therefore been built to service the population centres.
The highways generally radiate from Melbourne and other major cities and rural centres with secondary roads interconnecting the highways to each other.
Many of the highways are built to freeway standard ("M" freeways), while most others are generally sealed and of reasonable quality.
Victorian highway naming is straightforward. Most are generally named after the geographical regions and features, cities, towns and settlements along the way. Some are even more straightforward e.g. Western and Northern highways which radiate westwards and northwards from Melbourne. Notable exceptions include some interstate highways and some metropolitan highways.
The numbering system is based on 'ring and spoke' system. The 'ring' highways (highways that circle Victoria) numbers are given in the multiple of hundreds e.g. Henty Highway (200), Murray Valley Highway (400) and Great Alpine Road (500) make the outermost ring. Midland Highway (300) and Maroondah Highway (300) is the inner ring.
The spokes generally inherit their original National Route numbers. Otherwise, east-west aligned highways are given even numbers and north-south are given odd numbers. Highways and primary roads are given numbers in multiple of tens. Other roads are given numbers which indicate their general alignment.
Geelong Ring Road
West Gate Freeway
|National Highway M8||Western Freeway|
|National Highway M31||Hume Freeway|
|National Highway M39||Goulburn Valley Freeway|
|State Route 43 (M2)||Tullamarine Freeway
|M80||Western Ring Road
Metropolitan Ring Road
|M420||South Gippsland Highway
|M780||Western Port Highway|
|National Highway A8||Western Highway|
|National Highway A20||Sturt Highway|
|National Highway A39||Goulburn Valley Highway|
|A440||South Gippsland Highway|
|A780||Western Port Highway|
|B100||Surf Coast Highway|
|B260||Loddon Valley Highway|
|B300||Goulburn Valley Highway
|B340||Goulburn Valley Highway
|B400||Murray Valley Highway|
|B420||Phillip Island Road|
|B500||Great Alpine Road|
|C531||Kiewa Valley Highway|
|State Route 8||Ballarat Road|
|State Route 11||Moorooduc Highway|
|State Route 26||Burwood Highway|
|State Route 28||Mountain Highway|
|State Route 34||Maroondah Highway|