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Hume Highway
Hume Freeway / Hume Motorway
New South Wales – Victoria
General information
Type Freeway
Length 838 km (521 mi)
Opened 1817
Route number(s)
Former
route number
see Former route allocations
Major junctions
NE end
 
SW end
Location(s)
Major suburbs / towns Goulburn, Yass, Tarcutta, Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Craigieburn

The Hume Highway/Hume Freeway/Hume Motorway is one of Australia's major inter-city highways, running for 807 kilometres (501 mi) between Melbourne and Sydney.[1] Upgrading of the entire route to dual carriageway was completed on 7 August 2013.[2]

The road is called the Hume Freeway in Victoria, the Hume Motorway between Prestons and Berrima, New South Wales, and the Hume Highway elsewhere in New South Wales. It is part of the Auslink National Network and is a vital link for road freight to transport goods to and from the two cities as well as serving Albury-Wodonga and Canberra.

The main alternative route between Sydney and Melbourne is the Princes Highway/Princes Freeway/Princes Motorway route (A1/M1) which follows the coast for most of its length. Other inland alternate routes include the Olympic Highway route (A41) between Albury and Sydney via Cowra and Bathurst, and also the Federal Highway / Monaro Highway route (M23/A23/B23) via Canberra which links with the Hume Highway near Goulburn and the Princes Highway in East Gippsland.

In Victoria from 2013, the National Highway shield will be replaced (over time), with a standard alphanumeric state route number.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The coast of New South Wales from the Queensland border to the Victorian border is separated from the inland by an escarpment, forming the eastern edge of the Great Dividing Range. There are few easy routes up this escarpment. To climb from the coast to the tablelands the Hume Highway uses the Bargo Ramp, a geological feature which provides one of the few easy crossings of the escarpment.

In the first twenty years of European settlement at Sydney (established 1788), exploration southwest of Sydney was slow. This area was heavily wooded at the time, especially the "Bargo brush", which was regarded as almost impenetrable. In 1798 explorers (Wilson, Price, Hacking, and Collins) reached the Moss Vale and Marulan districts, but this was not followed up. Any settlement would have to await the construction of an adequate access track, which would have been beyond the colony's resources at the time, and would have served little purpose as a source of supplies for Sydney, due to the time taken to reach Sydney. In 1804, Charles Throsby penetrated through the Bargo brush to the country on the tablelands near Moss Vale and Sutton Forest. On another expedition in 1818, he reached Lake Bathurst and the "Goulburn Plains".[3] Many of the early explorers would most likely have used aboriginal guides, but they do not appear to have given them credit.[citation needed]

After Charles Throsby's 1818 journey towards present day Goulburn, followed by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell's overland journey from Appin (near Campbelltown) to Port Phillip and return in 1824, development of the Southern Tablelands for agriculture was rapid. The present route of the Hume Highway is much the same as that used by the pioneers.

The route taken by the Hume Highway to climb from the coast to the Southern Tablelands and thence across the Great Divide is situated between the parallel river gorge systems of the Wollondilly and Shoalhaven Rivers. This country consists generally of a gently sloping plateau which is deeply dissected by the Nepean River and its tributaries. The route of the Highway, by using four high-level bridges to cross these gorges, avoids the Razorback Range, and has minimal earthworks. The climb from the western side of the Nepean River at Menangle up to Mittagong is fairly sustained, a fact that is hard to appreciate at high speed on the modern freeway. The highway climbs non-stop over a distance of 16 km from the Pheasant's Nest bridge over the Nepean River to Yerrinbool, before dropping slightly before the final climb to reach the tablelands at Aylmerton.

Early road construction[edit]

Governor Lachlan Macquarie ordered the construction of a road, which became known as the Great South Road (the basis of the northern end of the Hume Highway) in 1819 from Picton to the Goulburn Plains and he travelled to Goulburn in 1820, but it is unlikely that even a primitive road was finished at that time.

Towrang bridge of 1839

The Great South Road was rebuilt and completely re-routed between Yanderra and Goulburn by Surveyor-General Thomas Mitchell in 1833. The Main Roads Management Act of June 1858 declared the Great Southern Road, from near Sydney through Goulburn and Gundagai to Albury, as one of the three main roads in the colony. However, its southern reaches were described as only a 'scarcely formed bullock track' as late as 1858. The road was improved in the mid-1860s with some sections near Gundagai "metalled" and all creeks bridged between Adelong Creek (approximately 10 kilometres south of Gundagai) and Albury.[4]

Mitchell's route, except for the bypasses at Mittagong, Berrima and Marulan (dual carriageways were completed in 1986) is still largely followed by the current highway.[citation needed] Mitchell intended to straighten the route north of Yanderra, but was not granted funding, although his proposed route through Pheasants Nest has similarities to the freeway route opened in 1980.[5] Mitchell's work on the Great South Road is best preserved at Towrang Creek (10 kilometres north of Goulburn), where his stone arch culvert still stands, although it was superseded in 1965 by a concrete box culvert which in turn was superseded by the current route of the highway when it was duplicated in 1972.

In 1914 the NSW section of the highway was declared a main road. Until it was named the Hume Highway in 1928 it was known as the "Great South Road" in NSW and "Sydney Road" in Victoria. It was named after Hamilton Hume, who with William Hovell were the first Europeans to traverse an overland route between Sydney and Port Phillip, in what later became Victoria.

Timeline of duplication and bypass works[edit]

Duplication works on the highway began in the 1960's and concluded in 2013.[2] The entire route between Sydney and Melbourne is now a dual carriageway, limited access highway.

  • 1962 - Chiltern to Barnawartha opened January, 1962. This is referred to as the ‘Hume By-pass Road’. Although initially opened as a single carriageway, two lane bypass, it was the first rural bypass of a Victorian town (Chiltern) on the Hume Highway and was designed to allow for the future construction of a second carriageway.[6]
  • 1962 - Craigieburn ‘Hume By-pass Road’ opened January, 1962 at a cost of 388,000 Australian Pounds. This dual carriageway bypass over the Sydney to Melbourne railway and Craigieburn Road has since been bypassed itself by the M31 Hume Freeway bypass, opened in 2007.[6]
  • 1966/67 - Craigieburn to Kalkallo. 4.4 miles of dual carriageways completed during the financial year.[8]
  • 1966/67 - Tallarook. 1.4 miles completed south of Tallarook and 1.3 miles completed north of Tallarook during the financial year.[8]
  • 1967/68 - Kalkallo to Beveridge. 4.1 miles of dual carriageways completed during the financial year.[9]
  • 1969/70 - Beveridge. Completion of 11 miles of dual carriageway during the financial year, including a deviation at Beveridge and continuation south to connect with existing dual carriageways north of Craigieburn.[10]
  • 1970/71 - Tallarook bypass. 4.5 mile bypass of Tallarook opened during the financial year.[11]
  • 1976 - Wallan to Broadford section opened 3 May 1976, by the Premier of Victoria, the Hon R J Hamer, ED, MP. At that time it was the longest section of freeway ever opened at one time in Victoria (34 km) and was the 'single biggest construction project carried out by the CRB since its inception in 1913'.[12]
  • 1979 - Avenel to Tubbs Hill, near Longwood. 14.5 km duplication opened 19 December 1979, by the Minister for Transport, the Hon Robert Maclellan MLA, at a cost of A$6.5m.[13]
  • 1980 - Violet Town bypass. 12 km from Wibrahams Road to the existing freeway at One Mile Creek, opened 21st march 1980, by the Minister for Transport, the Hon Robert Maclellan MLA at a cost of A$11m.[14]
  • 1981 - Avenel bypass. 16 km north-east from the Goulburn Valley Highway interchange, opened 1 December 1981 by the Minister for Transport, the Hon Robert Maclellan MLA at a cost of A$25m.[15]
  • 1982 – Seymour bypass opened 14 December 1982 by the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Steve Crabb MP. The 9 km bypass cost A$26m to complete. At this stage, although largely opened to traffic, a one kilometre section of south bound carriageway south of Seymour was still under construction.[16]
  • 1984 – Longwood section. This 10 km section from Oxenburys Road to Creighton Road was opened by the Assistant Minister of Transport, the Hon. Jack Simpson MP, on 18 May 1984. The project cost A$10m. The opening marked the halfway point for the duplication of the highway within Victoria, with the total length of dual carriageways at that point measuring 151 km.[17]
  • 1985 – Barnawartha to Wodonga duplication, from Hanson Road to Parkers Road. An initial 4 km of the 12.6 km duplicate carriageway was completed in 1985.[18]
  • 1987 – Benalla bypass opened March 1987. The 36.5 km bypass was at this time the longest stretch of highway duplication opened at once in Victoria. The project cost was A$70m and extended from south of Baddaginnie to Chivers Road, south of Glenrowan.[18]
  • 1987/88 – Barnawartha to Wodonga, from Hanson Road to Parkers Road. The remaining 8.6 km of the 12.6 km duplicate carriageway was expected to be open to traffic in ‘the second half of 1987’.[18]
  • 1987/88 – Chiltern to Barnawartha. 21 km A$31m duplication from Gilmours Road to Hanson Road was expected to be ‘opened to traffic in stages from July 1987 until late 1989’.[18]
  • 1988/89 – 12.5 km Glenrowan bypass completed during the financial year at a cost of A$31.5m.[19]
  • 1990 – Springhurst to Chiltern, Victoria. This 5.2 km duplication opened to traffic in March 1990, at a cost of A$8.5m.[20]
  • 1990 – Euroa to Balmattum, Victoria. Duplication of this 8 km section was opened to traffic in June 1990, at a cost of A$16m.[20]
  • 1990 – The 3.3 km Barnawartha (Victoria) bypass was fully completed and opened to traffic in June 1990, at a cost of A$11m.[20]
  • 1991 – 3.3 km duplication north of Springhurst opened in November 1991.[21]
  • 1992 – Euroa bypass opened to traffic on 3 April 1992, at a cost of A$43m - A$2m under budget.[21]
  • 1994 - Springhurst bypass. 5 km opened to traffic in March 1994, at a cost of A$7.7m.[22]
  • 1994 - Wangaratta bypass. A$80m 20 km bypass opened to traffic in April 1994, eight months ahead of schedule and A$30m under budget. This was the final section of the Hume Highway in Victoria to be duplicated.[22]
  • 2004 - Craigieburn bypass (section one) opened to traffic December 2004 between the Metropolitan Ring Road and Cooper Street.[23]
  • 2005 - Craigieburn bypass (section two) opened December 2005, completing the A$305m 17 km bypass.[24]
  • 2007 - Albury-Wodonga bypass. Construction commenced in May 2005 and was opened to traffic on 6 March 2007. The NSW section comprised 14.6 km from Ettamogah to the Murray River through the city of Albury. The Australian Government fully funded the A$374 million NSW section of the project.[25] The A$150m Victorian section was largely funded by the federal government, with the A$5.8m Bandiana Link funded by the State Government of Victoria.[26]
  • 2009 - Southern Hume Highway Duplication. Work began in October 2007 and the 65 km section (2 km shorter than the previous highway route) was progressively opened to traffic from mid 2009 and completed in December 2009. Completion of this section left only 21 km of the Hume Highway as single carriageway, through the towns of Tarcutta, Holbrook and Woomargama.[27]
  • 2009 - Coolac Bypass. Construction began in May 2007. The 12 km bypass was opened to traffic in August 2009. The project was fully funded by the Australian Government at a cost of A$171 million.[27]
  • 2009 - Sheahan Bridge duplication, Gundagai. This A$70.6 million project was fully funded by the Australian Government and was completed in 2009. Traffic was switched to the new bridge in May 2009 to enable essential maintenance on the existing bridge. Both bridges were available to traffic as dual carriageways in December 2009.[27]
  • 2011 - Woomargama Bypass. This 9 km bypass was opened on 7 November 2011. The A$265 million project was funded by the Australian Government.[28]
  • 2011 - Tarcutta Bypass. The 7 km Tarcutta Bypass was opened to traffic on 15 November 2011. The A$290 million project was funded by the Australian Government.[28]
  • 2013 - Holbrook bypass. In June 2013, Roads and Maritime celebrated the imminent completion of the duplication of the Hume Highway with a community day at the Holbrook Bypass.[29]

Route[edit]

Hume Highway in Holbrook, the last town on the highway to be bypassed

At its Sydney end, the Hume Highway begins at Parramatta Road, in Summer Hill. This route is numbered as A22. The first 35 km of the highway was known as Liverpool Road until August 1928, when it was renamed as part of the Hume or Great Southern Highway, as part of the creation of the NSW highway system. Sections of the highway through Sydney's suburbs continue to be also known by its former names of Liverpool Road, Sydney Road and Copeland Street (through Liverpool).

The main Hume Highway effectively commences at the junction of the M5 South Western Motorway and the Westlink M7 at Casula. Heading eastbound, the M5 provides access to Sydney Airport and the CBD; while the M7 provides access to Newcastle and Brisbane bypassing the Sydney CBD. Both of these routes are tolled.

Other than sections within the urban areas of Sydney and Melbourne, the Hume Highway is dual carriageway or expressway standard for its full length in Victoria and New South Wales.

Although the full length of the Hume Highway is dual carriageway (with at-grade intersections and restricted entry from adjoining land), there are considerable lengths of the highway which are of full freeway standard. Most of these sections are bypasses of the larger towns on the route, where the need to deviate the route to construct the bypass made it practical to deny access from adjoining land and thus provide full freeway conditions. In addition to these bypasses the sections between Casula (in southwestern Sydney) and Berrima (built 1973–92), and Broadford to Wallan (1976), which both were constructed as major deviations, are also of full freeway standard. The entire section in Victoria is categorised as a freeway by government roads authority VicRoads, although there a few intersections along the route that are not yet grade-separated. The speed limit on the full length of the highway is 110 km/h (70 mph).

As the Hume Freeway approaches Melbourne at the suburb of Craigieburn, 27 km north of the city centre, the Craigieburn Bypass now diverts the Hume Freeway (and the M31 designation) to the east of the former route, to terminate at the Western Ring Road/Metropolitan Ring Road (M80). This bypass was opened in two stages, in December 2004 and December 2005.

At its Melbourne end, the original alignment of the Melbourne–Sydney route followed Royal Parade northward from where it begins at its intersection with Elizabeth Street and Flemington Road. Royal Parade becomes Sydney Road at Brunswick Road and then became the Hume Highway itself at Campbellfield. This ceased to be the designated route of the Hume Highway in 1992, with the completion of Stage 1 of the Western Ring Road, at which point the designation of the southbound highway was truncated. The former highway south from the Western Ring Road to Elizabeth street is route is now numbered as State Route 55 and is now officially called Sydney Road (Hume Highway).

Recent New South Wales upgrading[edit]

A "Golden Guidepost" on the Holbrook Bypass section of the Hume Freeway. The guidepost symbolises the connection of Melbourne and Sydney by dual carriageway.

Between February 2009 and March 2012, both carriageways were widened between Brooks Road and Narellan Road. This work was undertaken in 3 stages. The first stage, widening to 4 lanes each way between Brooks Road and St Andrews Road St Andrews was completed in 2010. The second stage, widening to 4 lanes each way between St Andrews Road and Raby Road commenced in 2009 and was completed in mid-2011. The final stage, widening to 3 lanes each way between Raby Road and Narellan Road, commenced in September 2010 and was completed in March 2012.[30] Construction of a pedestrian bridge over the highway to link Claymore and Woodbine was also completed. This section of the highway, opened as part of the two stages opened in October 1973 and December 1974, was originally designed for widening of the carriageways to three lanes.

Work commenced in 2010 on a 9.5 km (5.9 mi) bypass of Holbrook. The bypass was opened to traffic on 7 August 2013 after being postponed due to wet weather.[31][32][33] The opening of the bypass resulted in dual carriageway (much to freeway standard) over the full length of the Hume Highway.

Distances to destinations along the highway from Sydney
Approximate road distances (in kilometres) along the Hume Freeway southwards from the Victorian border

Current Victorian Upgrade Projects[edit]

VicRoads has undertaken a planning study for the upgrading of the Hume Freeway by removal of direct access from adjoining properties and grade-separation of the intersections between Kalkallo and Beveridge. These intersections have the highest accident rate of the Hume Freeway in Victoria.[34] The study, completed in March 2009, intended to amend council planning schemes so as to reserve space for the upgrade, but no timetable has been set for the project.[35]

In addition a 4-level interchange between the Hume Freeway and the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road is proposed for construction after 2020.[36][37]

Landscapes[edit]

Heading north from Melbourne, the road passes through the hills of the Great Dividing Range, some of which is covered with box eucalypt forest but of which much is cleared for farmland, before levelling out near Seymour to cross flat, mostly cleared farming country to Wodonga and the Victoria-New South Wales border. Victoria's landscape differs to that of the typical 'true Australian Outback', but a dry summer can leave the ground parched. Mount Buffalo can be seen in the distance to the east as the highway comes down off the Warby Range near Glenrowan, and a museum commemorating Ned Kelly is located nearby. At Wangaratta the highway passes close to the Rutherglen and Milawa wine-producing areas.

Continuing north, the Murray River, the south bank of which is the Victoria-New South Wales border, is crossed on the bypass of Albury-Wodonga. From Albury, the highway skirts Lake Hume and continues across undulating country generally north-east towards Holbrook and then Tarcutta. Just north of Tarcutta the highway encounters the first of several ranges which form outliers of the Great Dividing Range, and which are crossed as the highway climbs the slopes to the tablelands west of Yass. From here the highway runs eastward, to Goulburn where it again turns northeast. Most of the New South Wales countryside from Albury to Marulan has been developed for wool production, with Yass and Goulburn in particular noted for their fine wool.

Fixed speed camera locations[edit]

In April 2007, 'point-to-point' fixed speed-camera sites were installed, in the median strip along the Craigieburn Bypass section and northward to Seymour, in Victoria, at roughly 15–20 km intervals. These measure both instantaneous (flash photography) speed and its speciality in the point-to-point versions (between two or more sites and then the average speed is measured to the fixed speed limit, comparing how long it takes a vehicle to reach one point from another). There are five sites, with two cameras (radar version) at each, totalling ten altogether.[38]
In Sydney: next to Ashfield Primary School, near Culdees Road Burwood, Willee St Enfield, Stacey St Bankstown, Brennan St Yagoona, and Knight St Lansvale.

Point-to-point speed camera on the Hume Highway in Victoria

Former route allocations[edit]

The Hume Highway has many former route allocations including former National Route 31.[39] Where and when the former route numbers were implemented are stated below.

  • Summer Hill - Chullora:
    • National Route 31 (1954-1994)
    • Metroad 5 (1994-2001)
    • State Route 31 (2001-2013)
  • Chullora - Casula:[40]
    • National Route 31 (1954-1994)
    • State Route 31 (1994-2013)
  • Casula - Prestons:
    • National Route 31 (1954-1979)
    • National Highway 31 (1979-1992/93)
    • Metroad 5 (1992/93-1994)
    • No Shield (1994-2013)
  • Prestons - Campbelltown:[41]
    • National Route 31 (1954-1979)
    • National Highway 31 (1979-1998)
    • Metroad 5 (1998-2013)
  • Campbelltown - NSW/Vic. Border:
    • National Route 31 (1954-1979)
    • National Highway 31 (1979-2013)
  • NSW/Vic. Border - Campbellfield:
    • National Route 31 (1954-1979)
    • National Highway 31 (1979-1996/97)
    • National Highway M31 (1997-2014)

Exits and major intersections[edit]

Hume Highway
Hume Freeway
Hume Motorway
Northbound exits / intersections High Speed Intersection Distance to
Sydney
(km)
Distance to
Melbourne
(km)
Southbound exits / intersections High Speed Intersection
End Hume Motorway
continues as South Western Motorway
to Bankstown / Sydney
Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport
42 832 Start Hume Motorway
from South Western Motorway
and Westlink M7
Newcastle, Brisbane
Westlink M7
Liverpool
Camden Valley Way
no exit 47 827 Ingleburn
Brooks Road
Denham Court, Ingleburn
Campbelltown Road
48 826 no exit
no exit 52 822 Campbelltown
Campbelltown Road
Camden, Campbelltown, Bulli
Narellan Road
Appin Road
58 816 Campbelltown, Penrith
Appin Road
Narellan Road
Picton, Wollongong
Picton Road
80 794 Picton, Wollongong
Picton Road
Bargo, Picton
Remembrance Drive / Old Hume Highway
92 782 Bargo
Avon Dam Road
Colo Vale, Yerrinbool
Church Avenue / Old Hume Highway
105 769 Yerrinbool, Colo Vale
Old Hume Highway / Church Avenue
no exit 107 767 Mittagong, Bowral
Old Hume Highway
Richlands, Mittagong, Bowral
Wombeyan Caves Road / Old Hume Highway
115 759 no exit
End Hume Highway
continues as Hume Motorway
128 746 Berrima, Medway
Medway Road
Berrima
Mereworth Road / Old Hume Highway
Start Hume Highway
from Hume Motorway
[42]
Moss Vale, Wollongong
Illawarra Highway
139 735 Moss Vale, Canyonleigh
Illawarra Highway
Exeter, Bundanoon, Service Centre
Sallys Corner Road
142 732 Exeter, Bundanoon, Service Centre
Sallys Corner Road
Heavy vehicle checking station 166 708 Marulan, Heavy vehicle checking station
George Street
Marulan, Service Centre
George Street
167 707 Service Centre
Goulburn
Sydney Road
190 684 Goulburn
Sydney Road
Goulburn
Hume Street
200 674 Goulburn
Hume Street
Canberra, Queanbeyan, Cooma
via U-turn High Speed Intersection
208 666 Barkers Lane High Speed Intersection
no exit 209 665 Canberra, Queanbeyan, Cooma
Federal Highway
Breadalbane
Cullerin Road High Speed Intersection
219 655 Breadalbane
Cullerin Road High Speed Intersection
Gunning, Gundaroo
Gundaroo Road
242 632 Gunning, Collector
Gunning-Collector Road
Yass, Canberra, Queanbeyan
Barton Highway
272 602 Yass, Canberra
Barton Highway
Yass, Service Centre
Yass Valley Way
281 593 Yass, Service Centre
Yass Valley Way
Boorowa, Cowra
Lachlan Valley Way High Speed Intersection
284 590 Boorowa, Cowra
Lachlan Valley Way High Speed Intersection
Harden, Temora
Burley Griffin Way High Speed Intersection
293 581 Harden, Temora
Burley Griffin Way High Speed Intersection
no exit 334 540 Jugiong, Harden
Riverside Drive
Murrumburrah, Jugiong
Jugiong Road
337 537 no exit
no exit 339 535 Jugiong
Riverside Drive
Coolac, Cootamundra
Cootamundra Road
357 517 Coolac, Cootamundra
Cootamundra Road
Pettit
Coleman Street
361 513 Pettit
Gobarralong Road
Dog on the Tuckerbox, Service Centre High Speed Intersection 369 505 Dog on the Tuckerbox, Service Centre High Speed Intersection
no exit 373 501 Gundagai
West Street
Gundagai
Sheridan Street
376 498 Gundagai
Sheridan Street
South Gundagai
Cross Street
378 496 South Gundagai
Middle Street
South Gundagai
Mount Street
Tumblong
Grahamstown Road High Speed Intersection
389 485 Tumblong
Grahamstown Road High Speed Intersection
Adelong, Tumut, Cooma
Snowy Mountains Highway
403 471 Adelong, Tumut
Snowy Mountains Highway
Wagga Wagga, Narrandera
Sturt Highway High Speed Intersection
412 462 Wagga Wagga, Narrandera, Mildura, Adelaide
Sturt Highway
no exit 418 456 Tarcutta
Sydney Street / Old Hume Highway
Tarcutta
Sydney Street / Old Hume Highway
422 452 no exit
Tumbarumba, Wagga Wagga
Tumbarumba Road
447 427 Tumbarumba, Wagga Wagga
Tumbarumba Road
Cookardinia, Holbrook
Wagga Wagga-Holbrook Road
487 387 Holbrook, Cookardinia
Wagga Wagga-Holbrook Road
Holbrook, Jingellic
Albury Street / Old Hume Highway
491 383 Holbrook, Jingellic, Culcairn
Albury Street / Old Hume Highway
Woomargama
Woomargama Way / Old Hume Highway High Speed Intersection
505 369 Woomargama
Woomargama Way / Old Hume Highway High Speed Intersection
Culcairn, Wagga Wagga, Cowra
Olympic Highway
529 345 Culcairn, Wagga Wagga
Olympic Highway
no exit 538 336 Ettamogah, Jindera
Wagga Road
Springdale Heights, Thurgoona
Thurgoona Drive
543 331 Thurgoona
Thurgoona Drive
North Albury, Wirlinga
Dallinger Road
545 329 no exit
Albury, Lake Hume, Corowa
Riverina Highway
549 325 Lake Hume, Albury
Riverina Highway
South Albury
Bridge Street
550 324 Albury
Bridge Street
Start Hume Highway 552 322 End Hume Highway
MURRAY RIVER MURRAY RIVER
NEW SOUTH WALES
STATE BORDER
VICTORIA
End Hume Freeway 552 322 Start Hume Freeway
no exit 553 321 Tallangatta
Bandiana Link
continues as 554 320 Wodonga
High Street
Albury
Lincoln Causeway
Albury
Lincoln Causeway
Tallangatta
Bandiana Link
Wodonga
High Street
continues as
no exit 556 318 Wodonga
Melrose Drive / Moloney Drive
Wodonga
Melbourne Road
558 316 no exit
continues as 570 304 Yarrawonga, Echuca
Murray Valley Highway
Yarrawonga, Echuca
Murray Valley Highway
continues as
Barnawartha, Upper Indigo
Indigo Creek Road
576 298 Barnawartha, Upper Indigo
Indigo Creek Road
Chiltern
Chiltern-Howlong Road


Beechworth
Beechworth-Chiltern Road

585 289 Beechworth
Beechworth-Chiltern Road
Chiltern
Chiltern-Howlong Road
Springhurst, Rutherglen
Rutherglen-Springhurst Road
597 277 Springhurst, Rutherglen
Rutherglen-Springhurst Road
Bowser, Wangaratta
Wangaratta Road
614 260 Bowser, Wangaratta
Wangaratta Road
Wangaratta, Beechworth, Bright, Mount Hotham
Great Alpine Road
621 253 Wangaratta, Bright, Mount Hotham
Great Alpine Road
Wangaratta, Greta
Greta Road
629 245 Wangaratta, Greta
Greta Road
Wangaratta
Wangaratta Road
632 242 no exit
Milawa
Snow Road
634 240 no exit
Service Centre 636 238 Service Centre
no exit 639 235 Glenrowan, Moyhu
Glenrowan-Moyhu Road
Glenrowan, Winton
Winton-Glenrowan Road
641 233 no exit
Winton, Benalla
Benalla-Winton Road
656 218 Winton, Benalla
Benalla-Winton Road
Benalla, Shepparton, Mansfield
Midland Highway
668 206 Mansfield, Shepparton
Midland Highway
Violet Town
Murchison-Violet Town Road
Harrys Creek
Harrys Creek Road
691 183 Harrys Creek
Harrys Creek Road
Violet Town
Murchison-Violet Town Road
Euroa
Euroa Main Road
708 166 Euroa
Euroa Main Road
Euroa
Euroa Main Road
715 159 Euroa
Euroa Main Road
Avenel, Nagambie
Avenel-Nagambie Road
Tarcombe
Tarcombe Road High Speed Intersection
747 127 Tarcombe
Tarcombe Road
Avenel, Nagambie
Avenel-Nagambie Road High Speed Intersection
Nagambie, Shepparton, Brisbane
Goulburn Valley Freeway
Seymour, Yea
Goulburn Valley Highway
760 114 Seymour, Yea
Goulburn Valley Highway
Nagambie, Shepparton
Goulburn Valley Freeway
Seymour, Puckapunyal, Tooborac
Seymour-Tooborac Road
768 106 Seymour, Puckapunyal, Tooborac
Seymour-Tooborac Road
Service Centre 771 103 Service Centre
no exit 774 100 Tallarook
Upper Goulburn Road
Tallarook
Upper Goulburn Road
777 97 no exit
no exit 787 87 Broadford, Kilmore
Broadford-Kilmore Road
Broadford, Flowerdale
Strath Creek Road
788 86 no exit
Waterford Park, Clonbinane
Broadford-Wallan Road
797 77 Waterford Park, Clonbinane
Broadford-Wallan Road
Kilmore, Wandong
Epping-Kilmore Road
805 69 Wandong, Kilmore
Epping-Kilmore Road
Service Centre 809 65 Service Centre
no exit 814 60 Whittlesea, Wallan
Wallan-Whittlesea Road
Wallan, Echuca
Northern Highway
818 56 no exit
Beveridge
Lithgow Street
821 53 Beveridge
Old Hume Highway
Mickleham, Donnybrook
Donnybrook Road
829 45 Mickleham, Donnybrook
Donnybrook Road
Craigieburn
Sydney Road
Amaroo Road
833 41 Craigieburn
Sydney Road
Craigieburn, Wollert
Craigieburn Road East
836 38 no exit
Roxburgh Park, Epping
Cooper Street
843 31 Epping, Roxburgh Park
Cooper Street
Start Hume Freeway
from Western & Metropolitan Ring Road
848 26 Greensborough
Metropolitan Ring Road
End Hume Freeway
continues as Western Ring Road
to Melbourne and Geelong
Avalon Airport / Melbourne Airport

Sources[edit]

Hume Highway on Google Maps.

Towns[edit]

The Hume Highway by-passing the Albury CBD.

In New South Wales, all towns on the Hume Highway have been bypassed. From Sydney, southwards to Victorian border, the bypassed towns include Campbelltown, Camden, Picton, Mittagong, Berrima, Marulan, Goulburn, Gunning, Yass, Bowning, Bookham, Jugiong, Coolac, Gundagai, Tarcutta, Holbrook, Woomargama and Albury.

In Victoria, all towns have been bypassed. They are, in order from the NSW border, Wodonga, Chiltern, Wangaratta, Benalla, Euroa, Violet Town, Seymour, Broadford and Craigieburn.

Camden[edit]

Camden dates from 1840 and lies 60 km south west of Sydney on the Nepean River. It retains a rural character and has many historic buildings. There is an aviation museum at nearby Narellan. Urban sprawl has made Camden part of the Sydney metropolitan area.

Before the mid-1980s, the Hume Highway ran west from the Cross Roads at Prestons, 4 km south of Liverpool to Carnes Hill, where it followed the route of what is now Cowpasture Road. It then ran southwest to Camden. This section is now the Camden Valley Way.

The Hume Highway has twice bypassed Camden. The first bypass was opened in 1973, via the Macarthur Bridge, and ran from Narellan to Benkennie (South Camden). This was in turn bypassed in December 1980 when a section of what was then called the South Western Freeway (route F5) from Campbelltown to Yerrinbool opened. From the north, the freeway then ran from the Cross Roads to Campbelltown Rd at St Andrews (opened August 1973) and St Andrews-Camden Road (opened December 1974) joining the southern section from Yerrinbool to Aylmerton (opened May 1977). This became the route of the Hume Highway and national route 31 in the mid 1980s.

The former highway from Camden south to Aylmerton is now called Remembrance Drive. It climbs southwards from Camden, goes through the Razorback Ridge to Picton, and then climbs to Tahmoor and Bargo. It reaches the Southern Tablelands and rejoins the present Hume Highway at Aylmerton, 6 km north of Mittagong. The whole route from Cross Roads to Aylmerton is now state route 89.

Hume Highway through Southern Highlands

An alternative route to the highway runs from Aylmerton through Mittagong and Bowral to join the Illawarra Highway at Moss Vale and then follows the Illawarra Highway through Sutton Forest to rejoin the Hume Highway at Hoddles Crossroads (named after Surveyor Robert Hoddle who also laid out the Melbourne CBD).

Mittagong[edit]

Mittagong lies 110 km south-west of Sydney, just off the Hume Highway at the edge of the Southern Tablelands. It is notable for being the location of Australia's first ironworks. Mittagong's streets are lined with various species of deciduous trees and it has a busy town centre.

Until August 1992 when the Mittagong bypass was opened, the town was dominated by trucks and in winter it was also busy with skiers' traffic on the way to the Australian Alps. Today the Hume Highway bypasses Mittagong and all the towns of the Southern Tablelands. In the late 1990s, engineers detected subsidence under part of the bypass where it runs along a steep slope near the Nattai River. This was caused by features of the local geology, and mining activity at the adjacent Mount Alexandra coalmine from the 1950s to the 1970s.[43] The problem was remedied by closing one carriageway at a time and building a pair of 'land bridges' across the unstable section of the slope.

Moss Vale[edit]

Moss Vale has several beautiful old and attractive buildings and Leighton Gardens, in the centre of the main street, is a pleasant park. It is best during spring when its flowers are in blossom or in autumn when the leaves of its exotic deciduous trees are changing colour.

Twin bridges carrying the Hume Highway over Greenhills Road north of Berrima 34°28′S 150°21′E / 34.467°S 150.350°E / -34.467; 150.350

Sutton Forest is surrounded by farms, vineyards and is home to elegant country homes and estates. It has a church, an inn, a couple of restaurants and one or two specialty shops.

Berrima[edit]

Berrima has flourished since it was bypassed in March 1989, with tourists finding it an easy day trip from either Sydney or Canberra to enjoy the town square and the Georgian architecture of this historic town.

Marulan[edit]

The Marulan bypass was opened in 1986. The southern part of Governor Lachlan Macquarie's road of 1819 ran from Sutton Forest roughly along existing minor roads through what is now Penrose State Forest to Canyonleigh, Brayton, Carrick and Towrang, where it joined the current route to Goulburn. Branching from this route (now part of the Illawarra Highway) just west of Sutton Forest, a road, now known as Old Argyle Road, developed in the 1820s. It ran to Bungonia, via Wingello, Tallong, and the southern outskirts of Marulan.

When Thomas Mitchell rerouted the Great South Road in the 1830s, he decided to bring these two roads together to meet at old Marulan, with roads proceeding west to Goulburn and south to Bungonia. When the railway reached Marulan in 1868, the town migrated 3 km north to the railway station. Nevertheless, the old cemetery remains at the Bungonia Road intersection. A quarry is about to be developed near the intersection, so an interchange has been built. It is at this point that the highway climbs the Marulan Ramp, which is part of the divide between the Shoalhaven and Wollondilly River systems.

Towrang Stockade[edit]

Towrang Creek was the site of a major stockade for chain-bound convicts and others involved in the construction of the Great South Road. The stockade was located on the western side of the Highway and was used from around 1836 to 1842. The stockade became the principal penal establishment in the southern district and was noted for its harsh discipline. There were usually at least 250 convicts stationed there. They slept on bare boards with a blanket apiece, 10 men to a box or cell. One of the two official floggers was later found murdered[44] The stockade used to be accessible by a stile, but this has been taken down to discourage use of the once daunting intersection of the Highway with Towrang Road. There are the remains of the powder magazine next to the Wollondilly River, three graves on the north bank of Towrang Creek, and the remains of a weir on Towrang Creek built for the stockade. Aboriginal stone tools have also been found on the banks of Towrang Creek, indicating that this was a route well-travelled long before Hamilton Hume came this way in 1824.

There is also a rest area on the eastern side of the highway, where a well-preserved bridge dating from 1839 (possibly designed by David Lennox) and a 1960s concrete box culvert can be viewed.

Goulburn[edit]

Goulburn is the first city along the Hume Highway from Sydney. It is the centre of a rich agricultural area specialising in fine wool production. From this area comes some of the world's finest wool. Goulburn was bypassed on 5 December 1992 and the main street (Auburn Street) is quieter, but still busy during Saturday morning shopping. Picturesque Belmore Park is located midway along Auburn Street. A number of architecturally and historically significant buildings are located near Belmore Park, including the courthouse, the post office and the railway station. Also in central Goulburn are two cathedrals, both of architectural note. A number of old houses and hotels are located near the railway station on Sloane Street.

Gunning[edit]

Gunning's 19th century main street was built very wide, for the time of horse and bullock-drawn wagons. This served the town well when the main highway between Sydney and Melbourne carried cars and trucks through the town. This ceased when the bypass was completed on 5 April 1993. The town is now much quieter, and it has been able to resume a more rural pace of life. It has developed something of an industry in providing bed and breakfast accommodation. The recently built Gunning Wind Farm is located beside the highway, with its wind turbines providing a distinctive landmark.

Yass[edit]

Yass has an historic main street, with well-preserved 19th century verandah-post pubs (mostly converted to other uses). It is popular with tourists, some from Canberra and others taking a break from the Hume Highway. Hamilton Hume's farm Cooma Cottage is located east of Yass, close to the intersection of the former routes of the Hume and Barton Highways. He lived there until his death in 1873. The Yass Bypass opened on 25 July 1994.

Bookham[edit]

Bookham is situated 29 km west of Yass. The Hume Highway once passed through the village, but now bypasses it. This bypass was completed in two stages, the south stage opened on 18 February 1998 and the north stage opened on 11 July 2001.

Coolac[edit]

Hume Highway near Coolac

The 11 kilometre section at Coolac was the last two lane section of highway between Sydney and Gundagai until it was bypassed with a dual carriageway on 14 August 2009,[45] after a delay due to indigenous heritage issues, the construction contract was awarded to Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd in February 2007.[46][47]

An earlier monument to the Dog on the Tuckerbox between Coolac and Gundagai, photographed in 1926

Gundagai[edit]

At Snake Gully, adjacent to the highway north of Gundagai is the "Dog on the Tuckerbox". A statue (with souvenir shop next door) was erected five miles (eight kilometres) from Gundagai. Snake Gully serves as a way station for many highway travellers.

Gundagai was bypassed on 25 March 1977 with the completion of the first Sheahan Bridge over the Murrumbidgee River. This bridge was the second longest road bridge in New South Wales (the Sydney Harbour Bridge being the longest), until the completion of the duplicate Sheahan Bridge on 17 May 2009,[48] This is now the longest road bridge in New South Wales - 1 m longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The original Sheahan Bridge was only 1 lane in each direction.

The Prince Alfred Bridge, on the old route of the highway across the Murrumbidgee floodplain, is of major engineering interest, as it is one of Australia's longest timber trestle bridges, as is the adjacent 1903 railway bridge. Gundagai was originally located on the river flats directly beside the Murrumbidgee River, but a disastrous flood in 1852 destroyed the town and drowned 89 people. The town was then relocated to its present position. A grade-separated interchange was completed at the intersection of the Highway and West Street in December 2006.[49]

Tumblong[edit]

The route of the highway between Tumblong and Tarcutta is the third route of the highway in this location. The original route led west from Tumblong along the Murrumbidgee River, before turning south over difficult country, crossing what is now the Sturt Highway and rejoining the current route of the highway as Lower Tarcutta Road. This was replaced in December 1938 by the first Tumblong deviation, to the east of the current route. The main features of this section of the highway were a deep, narrow cutting and the reinforced concrete bowstring arch bridge over Hillas Creek. This bridge has been preserved as it is one of only two bridges in New South Wales built to this design, and is visible on the western side of the highway close to the interchange with the Snowy Mountains Highway. The second and current deviation opened to traffic on 21 November 1983.

38 km southwest of Gundagai is the interchange with the Sturt Highway, which leads to Wagga Wagga, Mildura and Adelaide.

Tarcutta[edit]

National Truck Driver Memorial at Tarcutta

Tarcutta is located almost exactly halfway between Sydney and Melbourne and has been a popular stopover and change-over point for truck drivers making their way between the two cities. There is a memorial to truck drivers who have died on the local stretch of the Hume Highway.

It was near Tarcutta that the final section of the Hume Highway was sealed in 1940. Construction began on a 7 km bypass of Tarcutta in 2010. The bypass, which passes west of the town, was opened to traffic on 15 November 2011.[50]

As improvements to the Hume Highway have reduced travelling time between Sydney and Melbourne to about nine hours driving time in good conditions, the town's importance to the average motorist has diminished.

Holbrook[edit]

Looking south on the southbound lane on the bypass

Holbrook was called Germanton until anti-German sentiment during World War 1 led to the town and the shire being renamed in honour of the wartime submarine captain, Lt Holbrook who was awarded the Victoria Cross. From 1995, a feature of the town has been a partial reconstruction of HMAS Otway, an Oberon class submarine. This landmark was in recognition of the town's namesake's connections with submarines. Holbrook had the only set of traffic signals (for pedestrians) that remained on the Hume Highway between the Sydney Orbital and Melbourne's Western Ring Road. A bypass, that was officially opened by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese on 23 June 2013, did not open for traffic until August 2013.[51][52]

Woomargama[edit]

Woomargama, is a village between Holbrook and Albury which acts as a local service centre for a rich woolgrowing area. The 9 km bypass of Woomargama was opened on 7 November 2011.[53]

Table Top[edit]

Table Top is about 16 km north of Albury. Its population is about 4510.

Albury-Wodonga[edit]

Hume Highway bypass in Albury

Albury's history is linked with the two famous Australian explorers, Hamilton Hume and William Hovell, as the city's location sprung from their crossing of the Murray River. Albury, commonly associated with its Victorian twin, Wodonga, is one of the few rural Australian cities to experience a boom, mainly from industrialisation in recent times.

The Albury bypass, was first proposed in 1964 but only opened on 6 March 2007. Following a series of announcements and changes of plans through the 1990s, when Albury residents failed to agree on whether an 'internal' or 'external' bypass route was more appropriate, the 'internal bypass' option was chosen. Approval was granted in 2004 and construction, by Abigroup,[54] began in January 2005. The route is parallel to and on the eastern side of the Sydney–Melbourne railway, beginning at the railway overpass 10 km north of Albury. After crossing the Murray River, the bypass crosses the railway to rejoin the previous highway at the southern end of the Lincoln Causeway, connecting to the Wodonga bypass. The Albury bypass includes a freeway standard connection to the Murray Valley Highway at Bandiana, east of Wodonga.

Wangaratta[edit]

Hume Highway near Wangaratta

Wangaratta is, after Wodonga, the largest centre in northeast Victoria (population 17,000). It is at the junction of the Hume and Ovens Highways (the 'Great Alpine Road'). Hume and Hovell passed through this area on their 1824 expedition and the town was founded in 1837 when the surrounding area was opened for farming. The town was bypassed in 1994.

Attractions include Merriwa Park, a sunken garden adjacent to the King River, Airworld at Wangaratta Airport, and old goldfield areas of nearby Beechworth and Chiltern.

Benalla[edit]

A passable section of "Sydney Road" in the shire of Benalla, 1914.

Benalla is a large town located just off the Hume Freeway between Melbourne and Wangaratta. Founded in 1848, growth was slow until a goldrush in the 1850s. It had many associations with the Kelly gang and the courthouse was the venue for a number of their trials. It also has a memorial to the Australian war hero Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, an Australian doctor who acted as a leader to allied troops on the Thailand-Burma Railway in World War II. Its population estimate in 2011 was 10,332 [1].

Euroa[edit]

Euroa is famous for a Ned Kelly bank robbery. The town is located on the Seven Creeks and has pretty gardens and a number of attractive 19th century buildings. Its estimated 2011 population was 3,167 [2].

Seymour[edit]

The Hume Highway bypass of Seymour opened in December 1982. Seymour remains on the Goulburn Valley Highway. The town is in the rich Goulburn Valley which supports the local vineyards. The large Puckapunyal military base is located west of Seymour. Once the centre of the bushranging area of Victoria, it has a museum which displays many period relics of that era. It was until the 1970s a major railway maintenance centre, and part of the railway workshops now houses a railway museum. The museum's collection of rolling stock, including State carriages used by governors and monarchs, is extensive.

Kalkallo[edit]

Construction of the Donnybrook Road interchange, immediately to the north of the Craigieburn Bypass, replaced the dangerous[55] at-grade intersection with (C723) at Kalkallo an overpass and entry/exit ramps in both directions, at a cost of $32 million. Works commenced in December 2007 and completion occurred in March 2009, 3 months ahead of schedule.[56]

Craigieburn[edit]

Craigieburn Bypass

Prior to the opening of the Craigieburn Bypass in 2005, the Hume Highway skirted Craigieburn (the town centre was bypassed in the 1950s). The section of the Highway from Craigieburn to Campbellfield (on Melbourne's outskirts) was a significant bottleneck, with 12 sets of traffic signals in 17 km section of road. The Craigieburn Bypass now links directly to the Western Ring Road/Metropolitan Ring Road. By 2013, the Hume Highway (Sydney Rd)section from Fawkner to Campbellfield was again becoming a bottleneck due to poor traffic signal coordination.

There was some opposition for the bypass by several local governments in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, including the City of Darebin and the City of Moreland, as well as local environmental groups. Their alternative proposal was rejected by the state government.[57]

A pedestrian and cyclist cement path – the Galada Tamboore Pathway – runs the length of the bypass and connects with the Metropolitan Ring Road path, from where it is possible to connect to the Merri Creek Trail, Western Ring Road Trail, the City of Whittlesea Public Gardens and Edgars Road.

The Craigieburn Bypass is shown in the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan as part of the F2 Freeway corridor, which extended south along Merri Creek, Hoddle St, Barkly St in St. Kilda, south through Elwood and Brighton, then east along South Road, connecting to the Dingley Freeway corridor.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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