Via the Hume Highway (31)

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  • MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY: Via The Hume Highway (31)
    The road between Melbourne and Sydney travels for much of the way along the Great Dividing Range. It also passes through the Murray River towns of Albury and Wodonga developed when paddlesteamer trade along the river was the only way of marketing the bounties of the riverland soils. The road passes near the Snowy Mountains, through the Riverina, Bushranger Country, and the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. From Yass or Goulburn you can take a short detour to Australia's national Capital, Canberra.
    The following summary of the road includes general information and links to some of the towns and attractions along the way
    Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and Australia's second largest city. It is also known as the cultural centre of Australia because of the many arts and entertainment venues and productions it encompasses.
    It is also the venue for the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix held each March, and is the gateway to Tasmania. It has a quaint but effective tram service.
    Kilmore is now by-passed by the main highway, but is well worth a look. Follow the link for more information.
    Seymour was once at the centre of the bushranging area of Victoria and a museum and many relics can be seen.
    A short detour to Bright and Mount Buffalo National Park from Wangaratta is well worth the journey. Magnificent in Summer, and spectacular in winter it is the heart of the Victorian skiing area.
    Euroa is just off the highway and is steeped in bushranger history.
    Benalla is just off the highway and offers plenty for the traveller. The park (pictured) beside the river and the historic museum and the sculptured garden are noted highlights.
    Glenrowan is where infamous bushranger Ned Kelly was taken. He was hung for his crimes at Pentridge gaol in Melbourne.
    Besides the extensive facilities for the traveller in Wangaratta, there are beautiful parks and gardens, and the aviation museum just to the east of the highway is one of Australia's finest.
    Albury is in New South Wales and Wodonga in Victoria. Separated by the Murray River which is the border between the states, the twin cities have a population 0f around 50,000 and are by far the largest community along the highway. River cruises on paddlesteamers and a visit to the Hume Wier are some of the things to do. The Gateway Tourist Centre has plenty more ideas to spend some time.
    From Wagga Wagga, the road joins the Hume Highway and travels through Gundagai and Yass to the turn off to Canberra and the A.C.T. the direct route by-passes Canberra and continues through the large town of Goulburn and the Southern Highlands to Camden, Campbelltown and on to Sydney.

    Copyright Peter W. Wilkins 2006