South Gippsland Highway

The South Gippsland Highway is a partially divided highway in Victoria, Australia which connects the city of Melbourne with the South Gippsland region of Victoria, ending in the town of Sale. The highway begins at Lonsdale Street (Princes Highway), Dandenong. At the Greens Road intersection, it adopts State Route 12 until Pound Road, then continues until the South Gippsland Freeway / Western Port Highway interchange where it becomes the M420. The M420 continues through Cranbourne and Koo Wee Rup until the Bass Highway turnoff, at which point the road is then designated A440 onwards to Sale. From the Bass Highway junction, the highway is undivided. The South Gippsland Highway is the gateway from Melbourne to many attractions including Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island as well as being an important road for farmers in Gippsland.

South Gippsland Highway

General information
Length255 km (158 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Route 12
  • (Greens Road - Pound Road, Dandenong South)
  • M420
  • (Lyndhurst - Lang Lang)
  • A440
  • (Lang Lang - Sale via Leongatha)
route number
  • State Route 180
  • (Dandenong to Sale)
Major junctions
West end Princes Highway, Dandenong, Victoria
East end Princes Highway,
Sale, Victoria
Major settlementsCranbourne, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster, Yarram, Longford
Highway system


The highway commences in Dandenong, branching from the Princes Highway, and heads in a general south-east direction at first. It is mostly a dual carriageway with two lanes in either direction, until the Bass Highway turnoff to Phillip Island, after which it is entirely an undivided highway. Conversion to dual carriageways at the western end began in 1975, initially between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cranbourne; a distance of 17 km.[1] The final link in the duplication of the highway between the Princes Highway, Dandenong and Bass Highway opened in the early 1990s between Princes Highway and Pound Road.[2] It passes through the Cranbourne area, and then through or close to the Gippsland towns of Tooradin, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Nyora, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster, Welshpool and Yarram, before heading north to rejoin the Princes Highway at Sale.

Timeline of duplicationEdit

  • 1975 – Conversion to dual carriageways at the western end began in 1975, between the South Gippsland Freeway and Cranbourne; a distance of 17 km.[1]
  • 1987 – Duplication works completed on three sections. Cranbourne to Five Ways, Tooradin to Dalmore Road, and Monomeith Road to Bass Highway.[3]
  • 1989 – 3 km of dual carriageways opened between Manks Road and Lynes Road, Tooradin in December 1989.[4]
  • 1990 – 3 km of dual carriageways opened between Lynes Road, Tooradin and Dore Road in April 1990. At this stage, ’27 km of the planned 32 km length of duplication between Cranbourne and Bass Highway has now been completed’.[4]
  • 1990/1991 – Duplication of 6 km south of Tooradin completed at a cost of $A9.9m. No exact date was given, however VicRoads Annual Reports cover the previous financial year. This completed the duplication of the highway between Cranbourne and the Bass Highway.[5] An interesting anomaly is that the kilometre lengths quoted in this annual report[5] and the previous annual report [4] do not match!
  • 1991/1992 – 2.8 km duplication opened between Princes Highway and Pound Road. This was the final link in the duplication of the highway from the Princes Highway to Bass Highway, Again, no exact date was given, however VicRoads Annual Reports cover the previous financial year.[2]

Major intersections and townsEdit

Dandenong, Dandenong South00.0  Princes Highway (ALT 1) – Dandenong, Melbourne, Berwick, Warragul
21.2Gippsland railway linelevel crossing
Dandenong South31.9  Dandenong Bypass (State Route 49) – Ringwood, Melbourne, Keysborough, Frankston
42.5  Greens Road (State Route 12) – Mordialloc, Keysboroughconcurrent with State Route 12
53.1  Pound Road (State Route 12) / Pound Road West – Hampton Park, Narre Warren
Dandenong South, Lynbrook, Hampton Park63.7  South Gippsland Freeway (M420) – Melbourne /   Western Port HighwayHastings, Flinders (M780)Grade separated, partial freeway interchange;   (M420) southeast from here
Lynbrook74.3Hallam Road – Hampton Park, Hallam
Cranbourne North, Cranbourne127.5  Thompsons Road (State Route 6)
Cranbourne159.3   Cranbourne-Frankston Road (State Route 4 / C407) – Frankston, Berwick
Cranbourne, Cranbourne East169.9  Cameron Street (C404) – Narre Warren, Belgrave, Lilydale
Devon Meadows, Clyde2113Clyde-Five Ways Road – Clyde, Berwick / Fisheries Road – Cannons Creek, Pearcedale
Tooradin, Devon Meadows, Blind Bight2616  Baxter-Tooradin Road – Frankston, Hastings, Portsearoundabout
Tooradin3321Dalmore Road – Cardinia
Koo Wee Rup3824  Rossiter Road – Koo Wee Rup, Longwarry
4125  Koo Wee Rup Road – Koo Wee Rup, Pakenham, Healesville
Lang Lang4729McDonalds Track
4930  Westernport Road (C431) – Lang Lang, Drouin
5132  Bass Highway (M420) – Phillip Island, Wonthaggi  (M420) north of here,   (A440) southeast
Loch, Nyora6339  Lang Lang-Nyora Road (C434)
Loch7043Main Road – Loch / Loch-Poowong Road – Poowong
7245South Gippsland railway line
Bena7949South Gippsland railway line
Korumburra8452  Warragul-Korumburra Road (C425) – Poowong, Warragul
8553  Korrumburra-Wonthaggi Road (C437) – Wonthaggi, Inverloch
10062  Ogilvy Street (C454) – Dumbalk
Meeniyan11672  Farmers Road (C455) – Dumbalk, Mirboo North
11773  Meeniyan-Promontory Road (C444) – Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory
Foster13785  Fish Creek-Foster Road (C445) – Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory
Alberton15999  Yarram-Port Albert Road (C452) – Port Albert
Yarram189117  Tarra Valley Road (C484) – Tarra Valley
191119  Hyland Highway (C482) – Traralgon
Woodside207129  Carrajung-Woodside Road – Carrajung, TraralgonC453 concurrent over Bruthen Creek bridge
Bruthen Creek
208129  Woodside Beach Road (C453) –
Longford252157Seaspray Road – Seaspray
254158  Rosedale-Longford and Longford-Loch Sport Roads (C485) – Rosedale, Loch Sport
Sale260160  Princes HighwayTraralgon, Bairnsdale, Orbost
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Country Roads Board Victoria. Sixty-Second Annual Report: for the year ended 30th June, 1975, Burwood, Victoria: Brown, Prior, Anderson, 1975. p. 7.
  2. ^ a b VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report, 1991-1992, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 1992, p. 39.
  3. ^ Road Construction Authority Victoria. Annual Report 1986-87, Kew, Victoria: Road Construction Authority, Victoria, 1987. p. 66
  4. ^ a b c VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report, 1989-1990, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 1990, p. 56.
  5. ^ a b VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report, 1990-1991, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 1991, p. 37
  6. ^ Google (4 February 2017). "South Gippsland Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 February 2017.