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

Maroondah Highway

Whitehorse Road

General information
TypeHighway
Length188 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 settlementsNunawading, Ringwood, Lilydale, Coldstream, Healesville, Buxton, Alexandra, Merton
Highway system

HistoryEdit

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 for a horse belonging to Captain 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.[3]

RouteEdit

Whitehorse Road/Maroondah Hwy begins as a continuation of Cotham Road at Burke Road, through the suburbs of Balwyn and 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.[4] 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 Captain Elgar's original two mile square property. The tram terminates at Market Street, a few blocks further on. It passes through the suburbs of Blackburn, Nunawading and Mitcham. From Ringwood, the road is known only as Maroondah Highway and it continues north-east past Croydon towards Lilydale where it becomes 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 townsEdit

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    
Balwyn 4.3 26.7 Balwyn
Canterbury, Doncaster
Balwyn Road  
Doncaster, Canterbury
Balwyn Road  
Burwood, Doncaster;
Elgar Road  
7.3 23.7 Doncaster, Burwood
Elgar Road  
Westbound Distance to
Box Hill
(km)
Distance to
Lilydale
(km)
Eastbound
Box Hill 0 23 Box Hill
Huntingdale, Doncaster
Station Street    
0.1 22.9 Doncaster, Huntingdale
Station Street    
To   Melbourne
Mount Waverley, Doncaster
Middleborough Road    
1.4 21.6 Doncaster, Mount Waverley
Middleborough Road    
continues as   2.9 20.1 Blackburn, Edithvale
Chapel Street (Blackburn Road)    
Blackburn, Edithvale
Chapel Street (Blackburn Road)    
continues as   
continues as    3 20 To   Melbourne
Doncaster East, Warrandyte
Surrey Road (Blackburn Road)    
To   Melbourne
Doncaster East, Warrandyte
Surrey Road (Blackburn Road)    
continues as  
Nunawading 4.8 18.2 Nunawading
To   Melbourne
Glen Waverley, Donvale
Springvale Road    
Donvale, Glen Waverley
Springvale Road    
Mitcham 6.4 16.6 Mitcham
Wantirna, Donvale, Doncaster
Mitcham Road    
Donvale, Wantirna, Boronia
Mitcham Road    
Doncaster, Melbourne
EastLink  
Ringwood Bypass      
8.4 14.6 Doncaster, Melbourne
EastLink  
Ringwood Bypass      
Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink      
Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink      
continues as   9.4 13.6 Wantirna
Wantirna Road    
Wantirna
Wantirna Road    
continues as   
Ringwood 9.5 13.5 Ringwood
continues as    9.7 13.3 Warrandyte
Warrandyte Road    
Warrandyte
Warrandyte Road    
continues as  
Westbound Distance to
Melbourne via  
(km)
Distance to
Lilydale
(km)
Eastbound
Croydon, Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong Road  
To   Melbourne
Ringwood Bypass    
28.4 12.6 Croydon, Montrose, Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong Road  
To  
Ringwood Bypass    
continues as   32.8 8.2 Croydon, Bayswater
Kent Avenue    
Croydon, Bayswater
Kent Avenue    
continues as   
continues as    33 8 Wonga Park, Warrandyte
Yarra Road    

 

Wonga Park, Warrandyte
Yarra Road    

 

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

47 85 Yarra Glen, Yea
Melba Highway    
Yarra Glen
Melba Highway    
continues as  
Woori Yallock, Cockatoo, Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup
Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road    
61 71 Woori Yallock, Cockatoo
Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road    
Yarra Glen, Kinglake, Yea
Healesville-Kinglake Road    
63 69 Yarra Glen, Kinglake, Yea
Healesville-Kinglake Road    
Healesville 63.5 68.5 Healesville
Badger Creek
Badger Creek Road    
64 68 Badger Creek
Badger Creek Road    
Mount Donna Buang, Yarra Junction
Don Road    
64.5 67.5 Mount Donna Buang, Yarra Junction
Don Road    
Narbethong 87 47 Narbethong
To   Mount Donna Buang, Warburton
Marysville
Marysville Road    
88 44 To   Mount Donna Buang, Warburton
Marysville, Lake Mountain
Marysville Road    
To   Lake Mountain
Marysville
Buxton-Marysville Road    
102.5 29.5 Marysville
Buxton-Marysville Road    
Buxton 103 29 Buxton
Eildon
Taggerty-Thornton Road    
114 18 Eildon, Jamieson
Taggerty-Thornton Road    
Alexandra 132 0 Alexandra
Southbound Distance to
Alexandra
(km)
Distance to
Mansfield
(km)
Northbound
continues as   0 69 Eildon
Goulburn Valley Highway    
Eildon
Goulburn Valley Highway    
End  
continues as  
End  
continues as  
7 62 Yea, Seymour
Goulburn Valley Highway    
Yea, Seymour
Goulburn Valley Highway    
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    
End  
continues as  
Euroa, Shepparton
Euroa-Mansfield Road    
152 37 Euroa, Shepparton
Euroa-Mansfield Road    
Merton Merton
Bonnie Doon 167 22 Bonnie Doon
End  
continues as  
177 12 To   Wodonga, Sydney
Benalla
Midland Link Highway    
Benalla
Midland Link Highway    
continues as  
Mansfield 189 0 Mansfield
Start Maroondah Highway   End Maroondah Highway  
  Roundabout (clockwise from highway)
Midland Highway   to Benalla
Mount Buller Road   to Mount Buller and Whitfield
Highett Street

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Box Hill - Place". eMelbourne. University of Melbourne. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ "109 Box Hill - Port Melbourne". Public Transport Victoria.