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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.

Most routes have higher traffic than most other states. Highways such as Hume Highway, Western Highway and Princes Highway have some of the heaviest traffic in Australia.

Many of the highways are built to freeway standard ("M" freeways), while most others are generally sealed and of reasonable quality.



Victorian cities, towns, settlements and road network.

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.


Primary highwaysEdit

Secondary highwaysEdit

Tertiary highwaysEdit

Route Marker Roads
  C119 Skenes Creek Rd
  C155 Colac-Lavers Hill Rd
  C157 Lighthouse Rd
  C159 Beech Forest-Lavers Hill Rd
  C162 Timboon-Port Campbell Rd
  C166 Princetown Rd
  C234 Borung Highway
  C239 Borung Highway
  C412 Burwood Highway
  C444 Wilsons Promontory Rd
  C482 Hyland Highway
  C524 Buckland Gap Rd
  C531 Kiewa Valley Highway
  C536 Tawonga Gap Rd
  C543 Omeo Highway
  C605 Swan Reach Rd
  C754 Melton Highway

Urban highwaysEdit

Route Marker Roads
  State Route 8 Western Highway
  State Route 11 Moorooduc Highway
  State Route 26 Burwood Highway
  State Route 28 Mountain Highway
  State Route 34 Maroondah Highway
  State Route 55 Hume Highway

In addition, several metropolitan roads have been given highway designation, mainly in Melbourne. For details see List of highways in Melbourne

See alsoEdit