South Gippsland Highway

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South Gippsland Highway
General information
Type Highway
Length 255 km (158 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Route 180
  • (Dandenong - Hampton Park)
  • State Route 12
  • (Greens Road - Pound Road, Dandenong South)
  • M420
  • (Lyndhurst - Lang Lang)
  • A440
  • (Lang Lang - Sale via Leongatha)
route number
  • State Route 180
  • (Hampton Park to Lyndhurst)
Major junctions
West end Princes Highway, Dandenong, Victoria
East end Princes Highway,
Sale, Victoria
Major settlements Cranbourne, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster, Yarram, Longford
Highway system

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 as State Route 180 (although mostly removed), until the junction of Greens Road where it carries State Route 12 to 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.


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 duplication

  • 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 towns

Location[6] km mi Destinations Notes
Dandenong, Dandenong South 0 0.0 Princes Highway (ALT 1) – Dandenong, Melbourne, Berwick, Warragul
2 1.2 Gippsland railway line level crossing
Dandenong South 3 1.9 Dandenong Bypass (State Route 49) – Ringwood, Melbourne, Keysborough, Frankston
4 2.5 Greens Road (State Route 12) – Mordialloc, Keysborough concurrent with State Route 12
5 3.1 Pound Road (State Route 12) / Pound Road West – Hampton Park, Narre Warren
Dandenong South, Lynbrook, Hampton Park 6 3.7 South Gippsland Freeway (M420) – Melbourne / Western Port HighwayHastings, Flinders (M780) Grade separated, partial freeway interchange; (M420) southeast from here
Lynbrook 7 4.3 Hallam Road – Hampton Park, Hallam
Cranbourne North, Cranbourne 12 7.5 Thompsons Road (State Route 6)
Cranbourne 15 9.3 Cranbourne-Frankston Road (State Route 4 / C407) – Frankston, Berwick
Cranbourne, Cranbourne East 16 9.9 Cameron Street (C404) – Narre Warren, Belgrave, Lilydale
Devon Meadows, Clyde 21 13 Clyde-Five Ways Road – Clyde, Berwick / Fisheries Road – Cannons Creek, Pearcedale
Tooradin, Devon Meadows, Blind Bight 26 16 Baxter-Tooradin Road – Frankston, Hastings, Portsea roundabout
Tooradin 33 21 Dalmore Road – Cardinia
Koo Wee Rup 38 24 Rossiter Road – Koo Wee Rup, Longwarry
41 25 Koo Wee Rup Road – Koo Wee Rup, Pakenham, Healesville
Lang Lang 47 29 McDonalds Track
49 30 Westernport Road (C431) – Lang Lang, Drouin
51 32 Bass Highway (M420) – Phillip Island, Wonthaggi (M420) north of here, (A440) southeast
Loch, Nyora 63 39 Lang Lang-Nyora Road (C434)
Loch 70 43 Main Road – Loch / Loch-Poowong Road – Poowong
72 45 South Gippsland railway line
Bena 79 49 South Gippsland railway line
Korumburra 84 52 Warragul-Korumburra Road (C425) – Poowong, Warragul
85 53 Korrumburra-Wonthaggi Road (C437) – Wonthaggi, Inverloch
Leongatha 99 62
100 62 Ogilvy Street (C454) – Dumbalk
Meeniyan 116 72 Farmers Road (C455) – Dumbalk, Mirboo North
117 73 Meeniyan-Promontory Road (C444) – Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory
Foster 137 85 Fish Creek-Foster Road (C445) – Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory
Alberton 159 99 Yarram-Port Albert Road (C452) – Port Albert
Yarram 189 117 Tarra Valley Road (C484) – Tarra Valley
191 119 Hyland Highway (C482) – Traralgon
Woodside 207 129 Carrajung-Woodside Road – Carrajung, Traralgon C453 concurrent over Bruthen Creek bridge
Bruthen Creek
208 129 Woodside Beach Road (C453) –
Longford 252 157 Seaspray Road – Seaspray
254 158 Rosedale-Longford and Longford-Loch Sport Roads (C485) – Rosedale, Loch Sport
Sale 260 160 Princes HighwayTraralgon, Bairnsdale, Orbost
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  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. 
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