Melba Highway

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Melba Highway
Victoria
Melba Highway is located in Victoria
North end
North end
South end
South end
Coordinates
General information
Type Highway
Length 65 km (40 mi)
Route number(s)
  • B300 (1998-present)
  • Entire route via Yarra Glen bypass
Former
route number
  • State Route 153 (1986-1998)
  • Entire route via Yarra Glen town centre
  • B300 (1998-2010)
  • Yarra Glen town centre
Major junctions
North end
  for full list see major intersections
South end
Location(s)
Major settlements Glenburn, Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Yering
Highway system

The Melba Highway[1] connects the outer eastern suburb of Coldstream, near Lilydale, and the town of Yea, in Victoria's Central Highlands on the Goulburn Valley Highway.

Route[edit]

The highway passes through the alluvial plains of the Yarra River and the rich Yarra Valley vineyards near Yarra Glen. At Yarra Glen, the road diverts from the main town street (Bell Street) and follows a recently completed bypass of the township. After rejoining the main highway north of Yarra Glen, the road rises up a steep grade between Dixons Creek and Glenburn to the top of the Great Dividing Range at a road junction that links the highway with the nearby towns of Kinglake and Toolangi, a former home of Australian author C. J. Dennis.

From there, the road passes through forest and open agricultural land before reaching Yea, a small pastoral town.

Speed Limit[edit]

  • Coldstream – Yarra Glen 80 km/h
  • Yarra Glen 50 km/h
  • Yarra Glen – Glenburn via Yarra Glen Bypass 100 km/h
  • Glenburn 80 km/h
  • Glenburn – Yea 100 km/h
  • Yea 60 km/h

History[edit]

The road is named after Dame Nellie Melba, a famed Australian opera singer of the early 20th century whose former country estate lies at the southern end of the highway, at the junction of the Melba and Maroondah highways in Coldstream.

The road is within the Shire of Yarra Ranges and Shire of Murrindindi local government areas.

The Yarra Glen bypass which opened in May 2010 diverts trucks and other through vehicles. Works also saw the Bell Street/Melba Highway roundabout created along with a new level crossing through the roundabout for the Yarra Valley Railway.[2]

Major Intersections and Towns[edit]

LGA Location[3] km mi Destinations Notes
Murrindindi Yea 0 0.0 Goulburn Valley Highway (B340) – Seymour B300 continues as Goulburn Valley Highway towards Alexandra, Mansfield
Castella 40 25 Healesville-Kinglake Road (C724) – Kinglake, Healesville
Yarra Ranges Yarra Glen 53 33 Yea Road (C731) – Yarra Glen, Eltham Original highway route on north side of Yarra Glen before bypass built
55 34 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road (C726) – Healesville C726 duplexes with B300
57 35 Bell Street (C726) – Yarra Glen, Eltham
Coldstream 65 40 Maroondah Highway (B360) – Healesville, Alexandra B300 continues on Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale, Melbourne
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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. ^ Yarra Glen Bypass, VicRoads. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.
  3. ^ Google (12 February 2017). "Melba Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 February 2017.