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Old Hume Highway: history begins with a road

Linking the nation's two largest state capitals, the Hume Highway is the most important highway in Australia. With the opening of the Holbrook Bypass in 2013, the route completed its evolution from its bullock track origins into a modern dual carriageway highway. The Hume Highway has its own rich history, interwoven into the story of the young colony's expansion. Its development charts the economic growth of the nation, particularly since World War Two. Many will recall travelling on the highway in times past, when it passed through the numerous historic towns and localities along the way, each with its own interesting story to tell. This self-guided tour has been prepared to raise awareness and appreciation of the historical significance of the former highway route and the history of the towns, localities and features along its 570 km length within NSW, from Ashfield to the Victorian border. It will allow travellers to experience some of the travel conditions of yesteryear and again enjoy the delights of the charming and historic towns along the way.



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