Maroondah Highway

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Maroondah Highway
Whitehorse Road
Victoria
General information
Type Highway
Length 188 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 settlements Nunawading, Ringwood, Lilydale, Coldstream, Healesville, Buxton, Alexandra, Merton
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Victoria

Maroondah Highway[2] (also known as Whitehorse Road from Balwyn to Croydon[3]), is a major east-west thoroughfare in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and a highway servicing the lower alpine region Victoria, Australia.

History[edit]

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 in respect to a horse belonging to Capt 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.

Route[edit]

Whitehorse Road begins as a continuation of Cotham Road at Burke Road, in the suburb of Balwyn/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, making the road quite congested throughout daylight hours.

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 Capt Elgar's original two mile square property. The tram terminates at Market Street, a few blocks further on. From this point, Whitehorse Road is also known as Maroondah Highway, a three lane divided highway, though it retains its name through the municipals of Whitehorse and Maroondah. It passes through the suburbs of Blackburn, Nunawading, Mitcham, Ringwood and Croydon. From here, the Maroondah Highway continues on past Lilydale, as 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[edit]

Maroondah Highway
Westbound Distance to
Kew
(km)
Distance to
Lilydale
(km)
Eastbound
End Whitehorse Road (Maroondah Highway)
continues as Cotham Road
to Kew and Melbourne
2.5 28.5 Start Whitehorse Road (Maroondah Highway)
from Cotham Road
Camberwell, Heidelberg
Burke Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Balwyn 4.3 26.7 Balwyn
Canterbury, Doncaster
Balwyn Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Doncaster, Canterbury
Balwyn Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Burwood, Doncaster;
Elgar Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
7.3 23.7 Doncaster, Burwood
Elgar Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Westbound Distance to
Box Hill
(km)
Distance to
Lilydale
(km)
Eastbound
Box Hill 0 23 Box Hill
Huntingdale, Doncaster
Station Street Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
0.1 22.9 Doncaster, Huntingdale
Station Street Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
To Melbourne
Mount Waverley, Doncaster
Middleborough Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
1.4 21.6 Doncaster, Mount Waverley
Middleborough Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as 2.9 20.1 Blackburn, Edithvale
Chapel Street (Blackburn Road) Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Blackburn, Edithvale
Chapel Street (Blackburn Road) Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as
continues as 3 20 To Melbourne
Doncaster East, Warrandyte
Surrey Road (Blackburn Road) Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
To Melbourne
Doncaster East, Warrandyte
Surrey Road (Blackburn Road) Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as
Nunawading 4.8 18.2 Nunawading
To Melbourne
Glen Waverley, Donvale
Springvale Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Donvale, Glen Waverley
Springvale Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Mitcham 6.4 16.6 Mitcham
Wantirna, Donvale, Doncaster
Mitcham Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Donvale, Wantirna, Boronia
Mitcham Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Doncaster, Melbourne
EastLink
Ringwood Bypass Grade Separated Intersection Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
8.4 14.6 Doncaster, Melbourne
EastLink
Ringwood Bypass Grade Separated Intersection Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink Grade Separated Intersection Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink Grade Separated Intersection Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as 9.4 13.6 Wantirna
Wantirna Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Wantirna
Wantirna Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as
Ringwood 9.5 13.5 Ringwood
continues as 9.7 13.3 Warrandyte
Warrandyte Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Warrandyte
Warrandyte Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as
Westbound Distance to
Melbourne via
(km)
Distance to
Lilydale
(km)
Eastbound
Croydon, Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong Road
To Melbourne
Ringwood Bypass Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
28.4 12.6 Croydon, Montrose, Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong Road
To
Ringwood Bypass Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as 32.8 8.2 Croydon, Bayswater
Kent Avenue Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Croydon, Bayswater
Kent Avenue Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as
continues as 33 8 Wonga Park, Warrandyte
Yarra Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png

Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png

Wonga Park, Warrandyte
Yarra Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png

Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png

continues as
continues as Whitehorse Road (Maroondah Highway) 34 7 continues as Maroondah Highway
Boronia, Ferntree Gully
Dorset Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
35.5 5.5 Boronia
Dorset Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Lilydale 41 0 Lilydale
Westbound Distance to
Melbourne via
(km)
Distance to
Alexandra
(km)
Eastbound
To Monbulk
Montrose, Bayswater
Anderson Street Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
41.5 90.5 To Monbulk
Montrose, Bayswater
Anderson Street Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
End
Start
43.5 88.5 Woori Yallock, Warburton
Warburton Highway Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Woori Yallock, Warburton
Warburton Highway Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
End
Start
Coldstream 46 86 Coldstream
End
continues as

47 85 Yarra Glen, Yea
Melba Highway Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Yarra Glen
Melba Highway Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
continues as
Woori Yallock, Cockatoo, Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup
Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road High Speed Intersection
61 71 Woori Yallock, Cockatoo
Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road High Speed Intersection
Yarra Glen, Kinglake, Yea
Healesville-Kinglake Road High Speed Intersection
63 69 Yarra Glen, Kinglake, Yea
Healesville-Kinglake Road High Speed Intersection
Healesville 63.5 68.5 Healesville
Badger Creek
Badger Creek Road High Speed Intersection
64 68 Badger Creek
Badger Creek Road High Speed Intersection
Mount Donna Buang, Yarra Junction
Don Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
64.5 67.5 Mount Donna Buang, Yarra Junction
Don Road Australian traffic lights ahead sign.png
Narbethong 87 47 Narbethong
To Mount Donna Buang, Warburton
Marysville
Marysville Road High Speed Intersection
88 44 To Mount Donna Buang, Warburton
Marysville, Lake Mountain
Marysville Road High Speed Intersection
To Lake Mountain
Marysville
Buxton-Marysville Road High Speed Intersection
102.5 29.5 Marysville
Buxton-Marysville Road High Speed Intersection
Buxton 103 29 Buxton
Eildon
Taggerty-Thornton Road High Speed Intersection
114 18 Eildon, Jamieson
Taggerty-Thornton Road High Speed Intersection
Alexandra 132 0 Alexandra
Southbound Distance to
Alexandra
(km)
Distance to
Mansfield
(km)
Northbound
continues as 0 69 Eildon
Goulburn Valley Highway High Speed Intersection
Eildon
Goulburn Valley Highway High Speed Intersection
End
continues as
End
continues as
7 62 Yea, Seymour
Goulburn Valley Highway High Speed Intersection
Yea, Seymour
Goulburn Valley Highway High Speed Intersection
continues as
Westbound Distance to
Melbourne
via Yarra Glen
(km)
Distance to
Mansfield
(km)
Eastbound
continues as 133 56 no intersection
Yea, Seymour, Yarra Glen, Melbourne
Maroondah Link Highway Grade Separated Intersection
End
continues as
Euroa, Shepparton
Euroa-Mansfield Road High Speed Intersection
152 37 Euroa, Shepparton
Euroa-Mansfield Road High Speed Intersection
Merton Merton
Bonnie Doon 167 22 Bonnie Doon
End
continues as
177 12 To Wodonga, Sydney
Benalla
Midland Link Highway High Speed Intersection
Benalla
Midland Link Highway High Speed Intersection
continues as
Mansfield 189 0 Mansfield
Start Maroondah Highway End Maroondah Highway
Australia R1-3.svg Roundabout (clockwise from highway)
Midland Highway to Benalla
Mount Buller Road to Mount Buller and Whitfield
Highett Street

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Metropolitan Route 34 - Maroondah Highway, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 15 September 2013.[self-published source]