Goulburn Valley Highway

The Goulburn Valley Highway[2] is a highway located in Victoria, Australia. The section north of the Hume Freeway is part of the Melbourne to Brisbane National Highway (together with Hume Freeway) and is the main link between these two cities as well as a major link between Victoria and inland New South Wales. It is also the most direct route between Melbourne and the major regional centre of Shepparton in Victoria (via the Hume Freeway).

Goulburn Valley Highway

General information
Length271 km (168 mi)
Route number(s)
route number
  • National Highway A39 (1998-2014)
  • National Highway M39 (part, 2001-2014)
  • National Highway 39 (?-1998)
  • NSW/Vic Border - Seymour
  • State Route 168 (1986-1998)
  • Seymour - Yea[1]
  • State Route 153 & 168 (1986-1998) (duplex)
  • Yea - Cathkin
  • State Route 168 (1986-1998)
  • Cathkin- Eildon
Major junctions
NE end
SE end
Major settlementsStrathmerton, Shepparton, Nagambie, Seymour, Yea, Alexandra
Highway system

Route description

The highway roughly follows the course of the Goulburn River, a tributary of the Murray River. The Highway serves the fruit and vegetable growing areas of the Goulburn Valley in Victoria, one of Australia's most productive agricultural regions.

The highway runs from Eildon to Seymour as a two lane single carriageway sealed road with shoulders. The section from the Hume Freeway to Arcadia via Nagambie has been fully converted into a dual carriageway and has been renamed as the Goulburn Valley Freeway. The freeway upgrade has made sections of the original Goulburn Valley Highway redundant, either incorporated into the new freeway or acting as local access roads. The freeway section is covered with a speed limit of 110 km/h, the standard speed limit for rural freeways in Australia. Between Arcadia and Tocumwal the highway is a two lane single carriageway but with tactile road lines, wide shoulders and small sections of 3 or 4 lane single carriageway road for overtaking. The Goulburn Valley Highway crosses the Murray River at Tocumwal to join the Newell Highway in New South Wales.

Freeway upgrade

The Goulburn Valley Highway is defined as a National Highway which means the Australian Government fully funds improvements to it. It is progressively being upgraded to freeway standard with the goal to ultimately bypass all towns between the Hume Freeway and the Murray River at the New South Wales border.

Timeline of upgrade

  • 2001 - Hume Freeway to Nagambie. 16 km opened in April 2001, at a cost of $A53m. The opening ceremony was held in a new south-bound rest area and was attended by representatives of the local Taungurung Aboriginal People, who referred to the significance of the relocated ‘scarred tree’, which had been relocated as part of the project.[3]
  • 2003 - Murchison East deviation. 18 km opened to traffic on 18 February 2003, almost eleven months early, at a cost of $A88.9m.[4]
  • 2008 – 10 km Arcadia section duplication, from north of the Murchison-Violet Town Road interchange to Gribben Road, south of Shepparton. Opened in June 2008, at a cost of A$40.5m.[5]
  • 2013 - Nagambie bypass. 17 km bypass opened at the end of April, 2013.[6]

Arcadia duplication

The duplication was a $40.55 million project funded by the Australian Government as part of its Auslink Program. The works involved duplication of 10 km of the existing Goulburn Valley Highway between the Murchison East deviation and the proposed Shepparton Bypass, just north of Ross Road. It incorporates four at-grade intersections, frontage access roads, a rest area with full facilities, and wire rope safety barriers.

The Arcadia section runs adjacent to the Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue of Honour. A Conservation Management Plan was developed in consultation with Heritage Victoria to ensure that impact on the Avenue of Honour was minimised. The plans included measures to enhance and highlight the avenue of trees. The project was started in June 2006, open to traffic in February 2008, with final completion of all works in April 2008.

The highway carries an estimated 6,500 vehicles per day, including more than 2,000 commercial vehicles.

Nagambie bypass

The Nagambie Bypass, funded as part of the Auslink 2 (2009–2014) Federal Government infrastructure program, bypasses the town of Nagambie to the east. Funding was announced in May 2009,[7] and construction commenced in December 2009. The bypass opened to traffic in April 2013.[6]

Costed at $222 million, $177.6 million was contributed by the Australian Government, with the remaining $44.4 million from the State Government.[8] The project was made up of two sections: duplicating the existing highway north of Nagambie for 3.5 km between Kirwans Bridge-Longwood Road and Moss Road (completed in November 2011), and the 13.5 km bypass road from Mitchellstown Road to Kirwans Bridge-Longwood Road.[8]

Shepparton bypass

An alignment for the Shepparton bypass has been decided. The bypass will cross the Goulburn River at Toolamba and travel west of Mooroopna rejoining the existing highway north of Congupna.[9]

It was proposed that the Shepparton Bypass would be funded by Auslink 2 (2009–2014)[10] however as of the beginning of 2017 it had not been built yet.

Strathmerton deviation

A realignment will bypass the small townships of Strathmerton and Yarroweyah and avoid dangerous bends south of the Murray River crossing at Tocumwal. The proposed new route will cross the Murray Valley Highway instead of follow it through those towns, and rejoin the current route just south of the Murray River.[11]

The proposed Strathmerton Deviation was also to be funded by Auslink 2 (2009–2014)[12] but had also not been constructed by the beginning of 2017.

Major intersections and towns

NSW/Vic Border - Seymour

New South Wales – Victoria state border270170New South Wales – Victoria state border
MoiraKoonoomooContinues as Newell Highway (A39)
259161 Cobram-Koonoomoo Road (C367) – Cobram, Yarrawonga
Yarroweyah255158 Murray Valley Highway (B400) – Benalla, Cobram, YarrawongaDuplex with B400 Murray Valley Highway through Strathmerton until Strathmerton bypass is constructed
Strathmerton241150 Murray Valley Highway (B400) – Nathalia, Echuca, Kerang, Swan Hill
Numurkah223139 Katamite-Nathalia Road (C361) – NathaliaConcurrent with C361 through Numurkah
221137 Katamatite-Nathalia Road (C361) – Katamatite
Greater SheppartonCongupna198.5123.3 Katamatite-Shepparton Road (C363) – KatamatiteNorthern extent of proposed Shepparton bypass
198.4123.3 Grahamvale Road (C391) – Euroa, Melbourne via town bypass
Shepparton North194121 Barmah-Shepparton Road (C358) – Nathalia, Barmah
Shepparton191119 Dookie-Shepparton Road (C364) – Dookie
189117 Midland Highway (A300) – Kyabram, Elmore, Bendigo, Benalla
Kialla182113 River Road (C391) – Euroa, Benalla, Tocumwal
Arcadia173107Ross Road / Karramomus Roadcontinues as Goulburn Valley Highway north; Goulburn Valley Freeway south. Proposed southern end of Shepparton bypass
171106Doyles Road
169105Arcadia Road – Arcadia, Tamleugh West
StrathbogieArcadia South168104Arcadia Two Chain Road – Euroa
167.5104.1Zocks Road
166103Noonans Road – Arcadia
164102Baliffs Road
Moorilim162101 Murchison-Violet Town Road (C345) – Murchison, Violet Town
15898Douglas Road / Burkes Road
Wahring15395Dargalong Road – Murchison East, Monea
15093 Wahring-Murchison East Road – Murchison, Rushworth, Tatura
14791Wahring-Euroa Road – EuroaCaltex Service Centre
Kirwans Bridge14389 Kirwans Bridge-Longwood Road – Nagambie, Longwood
Tabilk13081 Mitchellstown Road (C346/C392) – Nagambie, Heathcote, Avenel
Mangalore12477Aerodrome Road – Mangalore Airport, Avanel
12175Gerrards Road – Mangalore
11672Selectors Road / Nalinga Road
MitchellSeymour11471 Hume FreewayMelbourne, Wodonga Sydneycontinues as Goulburn Valley Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Hume Freeway (Seymour) - Eildon

MitchellSeymour00.0 Hume Freeway – Melbourne, Wodonga, SydneyB340 Continues as Goulburn Valley Freeway (M39) to Shepparton
53.1 Seymour-Tooborac Road (C384) – Puckapunyal, Tooborac, Melbourne
Whiteheads Creek159.3Goulburn River
169.9 Upper Goulburn Road (C383) – Tallarook, Melbourne
MurrindindiKerrisdale2516King Parrot Creek
Yea4327 Whittlesea-Yea Road (C725) – Flowerdale, Whittlesea
4427 Melba Highway (B300) – Yarra Glen, LilydaleB300 duplexes with B340
4528Yea River
Molesworth5735Goulburn River
Cathkin6239 Maroondah Link Highway (B300) – Bonnie Doon, Mansfield, BenallaGoulburn Highway continues as B340 only
Koriella6842 Maroondah Highway (C516) – Bonnie Doon, Mansfield, Benalla
Alexandra7547 Maroondah Highway (B360) – Marysville, Healesville, Lilydale, Melbourne
Thornton8452Goulburn River
8754 Taggerty-Thornton Road (C515) – Taggerty, Melbourne
Eildon10062Goulburn River
Continues as Eildon Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. State Route 168, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on 1 July 2008.
  2. Goulburn Valley Highway, VicRoads Site. Retrieved on 1 July 2008.
  3. VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report 2000-01, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 2001, p. 31
  4. VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report 2002-03, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 2003, p. 14
  5. VicRoads. VicRoads Annual Report 2007-08, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 2008, p. 35
  6. VicRoads. Annual Report 2012-13, Kew, Victoria: VicRoads, 2013, p. 20
  7. "Nagambie bypass construction to begin this year". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 25 May 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  8. "Goulburn Valley Highway - Nagambie Bypass". Nation Building Program: Find Projects. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  9. "Shepparton Bypass". VicRoads. Archived from the original on 5 January 2007.
  10. "Strathmerton Deviation". VicRoads. Archived from the original on 5 January 2007.
  11. Distance from Melbourne
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