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Maroondah Highway, Ringwood North
|Length||188 km (117 mi)|
|Southwest end||Cotham Road (State Route 34), Balwyn, Melbourne|
|Northeast end||Mount Buller Road (C320), Mansfield|
|Major settlements||Nunawading, Ringwood, Lilydale, Coldstream, Healesville, Buxton, Alexandra, Merton|
Maroondah Highway (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.
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.
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. 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 towns
|Boroondara||Kew, Deepdene||2.5||1.6||Burke Road (State Route 17) – Camberwell, Heidelberg||Continues as Whitehorse Road|
|Balwyn||4.3||2.7||Balwyn Road – Canterbury, Bulleen|
|7.3||4.5||Elgar Road – Burwood, Doncaster|
|Whitehorse||Box Hill||8.1||5.0||Station Street (state route 47) – Huntingdale, Doncaster|
|9.4||5.8||Middleborough Road (state route 23) – Clayton, Mount Waverley, Doncaster|
|Blackburn||10.9||6.8||Chapel Street (Blackburn Road) (State route 13) – Blackburn, Syndal, Monash University|
|11.0||6.8||Surry Road (Blackburn Road) (State route 13) – Doncaster East, Warrandyte|
|Nunawading||12.8||8.0||Springvale Road (state route 40) – Glen Waverley, Donvale|
|Mitcham||14.4||8.9||Mitcham Road (state route 36) – Wantirna, Donvale, Doncaster|
|Ringwood||16.4||10.2||EastLink / Ringwood Bypass – Doncaster, Melbourne||Grade Separated Intersection|
|16.4||10.2||EastLink – Dandenong, Frankston|
|17.4||10.8||Wantirna Road (state route 9) – Wantirna|
|Maroondah||17.7||11.0||Warrandyte Road (state route 9) – Warrandyte|
|18.4||11.4||Mount Dandenong Road / Ringwood Bypass – Croydon, Mount Dandenong|
|22.8||14.2||Kent Avenue – Croydon, Bayswater|
|23.0||14.3||Yarra Road – Wonga Park, Warrandyte|
|25.5||15.8||Dorset Road – Boronia, Ferntree Gully|
|Yarra Ranges||Lilydale||31.5||19.6||Anderson Street - Montrose, Bayswater, to - Monbulk|
|33.5||20.8||Warburton Highway (route B380) – Woori Yallock, Warburton||State route 34 west, B300 east|
|Coldstream||37||23||Melba Highway – Yarra Glen||B300 west, B360 east|
|51||32||Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road – Woori Yallock, Cockatoo, Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup|
|53||33||Healesville-Kinglake Road – Yarra Glen, Kinglake, Yea|
|54||34||Badger Creek Road – Badger Creek|
|54.5||33.9||Don Road – Mount Donna Buang, Yarra Junction|
|Murrindindi||Narbethong||78||48||Marysville Road – Mount Donna Buang, Warburton, Marysville|
|92.5||57.5||Buxton-Marysville Road – Lake Mountain, Marysville|
|Buxton||104||65||Taggerty-Thornton Road – Eildon, Jamieson|
|122||76||Goulburn Valley Highway – Eildon||Route B340, concurrent with Goulburn Valley Highway|
|Koriella||129||80||Goulburn Valley Highway – Yea, Seymour|
|Yarck||135||84||Maroondah Link Highway – Yea, Seymour, Yarra Glen, Melbourne|
|Mansfield||Merton||154||96||Euroa-Mansfield Road – Euroa, Shepparton|
|Bonnie Doon||159||99||Lake Eildon|
|Maindample||179||111||Midland Link Highway – Benalla|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- State Route 153 - Melba Highway to Midland Highway via Maroondah Highway, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 15 September 2013.[self-published source]
- Decommissioned State Route 34 - Maroondah Highway, Main Roads Victoria. Retrieved on 15 September 2013.[self-published source]
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