Murray Valley Highway

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Murray Valley Highway
New South WalesVictoria
NathaliaMainStreet.JPG
Murray Valley Highway at Nathalia
General information
TypeHighway
Length663 km (412 mi)[1]
Route number(s)
Former
route number
  • National Route 16
    (1955–1998) (Vic.)
    (1955–2013) (NSW)
  • Entire route
Major junctions
NW end
 
for full list see major intersections
SE end
Location(s)
Major settlementsRobinvale, Swan Hill, Kerang, Echuca, Yarrawonga, Wodonga, Tallangatta[2]
Highway system

The Murray Valley Highway is a 663-kilometre (412 mi)[1] state highway located in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia.[3][4] For the vast majority of the highway's length, the route is designated as B400.

Route[edit]

The western terminus of the Murray Valley Highway at Euston, New South Wales.
The eastern terminus of the Murray Valley Highway at the Bringenbrong Bridge near Corryong, Victoria.

The Murray Valley Road was built in the late 1920s and early 1930s by the Country Roads Board of Victoria as part of a program of rural roads to facilitate development of the more remote parts of the state and provide connections between communities in addition to the roads and railways radiating out from Melbourne. It is one of a number of roads designated as a State Highway in 1933.[5] At that time, the highway ran from Corryong to the South Australian border. The western end of this route is now part of the Sturt Highway.

The popular tourist route follows the south side of the Murray River and effectively acts as the northern-most highway in Victoria. The western end of route B400 is the Murray River bridge at Robinvale, although the Murray Valley Highway crosses that bridge without the B400 designation (formerly as National Route 16[6]) to connect with the Sturt Highway 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) further north. Historically, the Murray Valley Highway continued west to connect with the Calder Highway at Hattah instead of crossing the river. The eastern end is in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range at Corryong. The alignment of the eastern end changed in the 1980s; whereby the highway used to go through Thologolong, Walwa and Towong (the current Murray River Road C546).[6]

The route also extends further east and crosses the border into New South Wales as the Alpine Way.

Most of the highway is fairly straight and flat, much of it through irrigated farmland. It becomes hillier and more winding east of Wodonga, with a moderately steep mountain pass near Koetong, between Tallangatta and Corryong.

The major towns along the route are Robinvale, Swan Hill, Kerang, Cohuna, Echuca, Nathalia, Strathmerton, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Rutherglen, Wodonga, Tallangatta and Corryong.

Major intersections and towns[edit]

StateLGALocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
New South WalesBalranaldEuston00.0 Sturt Highway (A20) [west]  – Mildura, Renmark and Adelaide;
Sturt Highway (A20) [east]  – Balranald, Hay and Sydney
T-intersection; western terminus; road continues southwest and northeast as the
River Murray31.9Robinvale Bridge
New South Wales – Victoria state border42.5New South Wales – Victoria state border western terminus
VictoriaSwan HillRobinvale63.7 Robinvale-Sea Lake Road (C251) – Manangatang, Sea Lake
Tol Tol2516 Hattah-Robinvale Road (C252) – HattahT-intersection
Piangil9358 Tooleybuc Road (B12) – Tooleybuc, Balranald, Sydney
9559 Mallee Highway (B12) – Ouyen, AdelaideT-intersection
Nyah11068Speewah Road – Koraleigh
Swan Hill13785 Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road (C246) – Swan Hill, Sea Lake;
Moulamein Road (C246) – Moulamein, Deniliquin
Roundabout
Castle Donnington14288 Donald-Swan Hill Road (C261) – Wycheproof, Donald
GannawarraKerang194121 Kerang-Quambatook Road (C262) – Quambatook /  – Boort
Loddon River195121Patchell Bridge[7]
GannawarraKerang196122 Kerang-Koondrook Road (C264) – Koondrook /  – Murrabit
199124 Loddon Valley Highway (B260) – Bendigo, Melbourne
Cohuna227141 Cohuna-Koondrook Road (C265) – Koondrook, Barham
228142 Cohuna-Leitchville Road (C267) – Leitchville
Leitchville243151 Kerang-Leitchville Road (C257) – Leitchville, Pyramid Hill
CampaspeEchuca289180 Warren Street (C349) – Echuca, Moama
291181 Northern Highway (B75) – Rochester, Bendigo, MelbourneRoundabout: western concurrency terminus with
Campaspe River291.5181.1Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
CampaspeEchuca292181 Northern Highway (B75) – Echuca, Moama, DeniliquinEastern concurrency terminus with
293182 Echuca-Kyabram Road (C351) – Kyabram
Tongala312194 Kyabram-Tongala Road (C352) – Tongala, Kyabram
Wyuna321199 John Allen Road (C359) – Kyabram
325202 Echuca-Mooroopna Road (C355) – Shepparton
Goulburn River329204Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
MoiraNathalia344214 Barmah-Shepparton Road (C358) – Shepparton, Barmah
347216 Katamatite-Nathalia Road (C361) – Numurkah, Katamatite
Broken Creek349217Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
MoiraStrathmerton382237 Goulburn Valley Highway (A39) – Numurkah, Shepparton, MelbourneWestern concurrency terminus
Yarroweyah396246 Goulburn Valley Highway (A39) – Tocumwal, BrisbaneEastern concurrency terminus
Cobram Benalla-Tocumwal Road (C371) – Benalla
400250 Cobram South Road (C368) – Katamatite, Benalla
409254 Cobram-Koonoomoo Road (C367) – Cobram, Koonoomoo, Tocumwal;
 – Barooga
Yarrawonga Main Channel437272Bridge over the channel (bridge name unknown)
MoiraYarrawonga437272 Benalla-Yarrawonga Road (C373) – Benalla
438272 Belmore Street (C373) – Yarrawonga, Mulwala, CorowaRoundabout
Esmond457284 Wangaratta-Yarrawonga Road (C374) – Wangaratta
Ovens River459285Parolas Bridge
IndigoRutherglen480300 Federation Way (C375) – Wangaratta, Corowa
484301 Rutherglen-Wahgunyah Road (C376) – Wahgunyah, CorowaWestern concurrency terminus
485301 Chiltern-Rutherglen Road (C376) – Springhurst, ChilternRoundabout; eastern concurrency terminus
Browns Plains499310 Chiltern-Howlong Road (C381) – Chiltern, Howlong
Barnawartha505314 Barnawartha-Howlong Road (C378) – Howlong
Barnawartha North511318 Hume Freeway (M31) – Wangaratta, MelbourneTrumpet interchange; grade separated; western concurrency terminus
WodongaWodonga527327 Hume Freeway (M31) – SydneyDiamond interchange; grade separated; eastern concurrency terminus
Lincoln Causeway – Albury
528328 Beechworth Road (C315) – Beechworth, Wangaratta
531330Bandiana Link Road (C410) – Wodonga, Albury
Bandiana533331 Kiewa Valley Highway (C531) – Mount Beauty, Falls Creek
Kiewa River536333Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
WodongaBonegilla541336 Bonegilla Road (C541) – Hume Dam
TowongHuon556345 Kiewa East Road (C533) – Tangambalanga, Dartmouth, Omeo
Tallangatta574357 Omeo Highway (C543) – Omeo, Bairnsdale
Mitta Mitta River579360Bridge over the river (bridge name unknown)
TowongBullio584363 Murray River Road (C546) – Granya
Shelley611380 Shelley-Jingellic Road (C547) – Walwa, Jingellic
Cudgewa633393 Cudgewa-Tintaldra Road (C548) – Cudgewa, Tintaldra
Colac Colac643400 Benambra-Corryong Road (C545) – Benambra, Omeo, Mount Hotham, Bairnsdale
Towong656408 Murray River Road (C546) – Towong, Tintaldra
New South Wales – Victoria state border663412New South Wales – Victoria state border
New South WalesMurray RiverBringenbrong Bridge
Snowy ValleysToomaAlpine Way – Khancoban, Thredbo, JindabyneWestern terminus; road continues into New South Wales as the Alpine Way
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "29 Murray Valley Highway, Euston NSW 2737, Australia to Murray Valley Highway, Towong Upper VIC 3707, Australia". Google Maps. 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Map of Murray Valley Highway". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Australian Towns, Cities & Highways: Murray Valley Highway". Hotkey. Retrieved 11 May 2008.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Murray Valley Highway". ExplorOz. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  5. ^ Twentieth Annual Report for year ended 30th June 1933 (PDF), Country Roads Board, p. 4
  6. ^ a b National Route 16 – Murray Valley Highway, Ozroads. Retrieved on 22 September 2013.[self-published source]
  7. ^ O'Callaghan, Deborah (18 January 2011). "The Loddon River laps at Patchell Bridge, Kerang, in January 2011". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 17 November 2016.