Route 2, Melbourne
Route 2, or the Yarra Scenic Drive is one of
Melbourne's few metropolitan transport routes which is not designed as a convenient route, but a tourist drive following the Yarra Riveras closely as possible. The route traverses approximately 60km from Warrandyte - where the Yarra diverts from any thoroughfares - to Williamstown - where the Yarra empties into Port Phillip Bay.
The drive was originally signed as metropolitan route 2, and was signed accordingly with the standard blue and white curved shield signs. When the route was extended from Ivanhoe East to Warrandyte, it was resigned using the brown five-sided shield. Usually, the brown shield is shown in the centre of a small green and white sign bearing the words Yarra Scenic Drive.
treets Covered by the Route
* "BEGIN at:" Intersection b/w Warrandyte-Ringwood Rd/Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd and Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte (a.k.a. Warrandyte Bridge)
* Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte - Doncaster East - Templestowe
* Newmans Rd, Templestowe
* Porter St, Templestowe
* Anderson St, Templestowe
* Swilk St, Templestowe
* Parker St, Templestowe Lower
* Union St, Templestowe Lower
* Templestowe Rd, Templestowe Lower - Bulleen
* Bridge St, Bulleen
* Manningham Rd West, Bulleen
* Banksia St, Heidelberg
* Lower Heidelberg Rd, Eaglemont - Ivanhoe East
* Burke Rd North, Ivanhoe East
* "Intersection b/w the Boulevard and Burke Rd North, Ivanhoe East (Original beginning)"
* The Boulevard, Ivanhoe East - Ivanhoe
* Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe - Alphington
* Chandler Hwy, Alphington - Kew
* Yarra Blvd, Kew
* Walmer St, Kew
* Studley Park Rd, Kew
* High St South, Kew
* Church St, Hawthorn
* Bridge Rd, Burnley
* Yarra Blvd, Burnley
* Grange Rd, Burnley - Toorak
* Alexandra Av, Toorak
* Williams Rd North, South Yarra†
* Alexandra Av, South Yarra - Melbourne
* Yarra Bank Hwy, Southbank
* City Rd, Southbank
* Clarendon St, Southbank
* Spencer St, Southbank - Melbourne
* Flinders St, Melbourne
* Montague St, Docklands - Southbank
West Gate Freeway, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne - Spotswood
* Williamstown Rd, Yarraville
* Francis St, Yarraville
* Hyde St, Yarraville
* Douglas Pde, Spotswood - Newport
* North Rd, Newport
* The Strand, Newport - Williamstown
* Nelson Pl, Williamstown
* Battery Rd, Williamstown
* "END at:" Point Gellibrand, Williamstown
A large amount of winding road on this route means it takes at least a couple of hours to complete.
† Williams Rd North only on Warrandyte-Williamstown journey, because right turns cannot be made on Alexandra Avenue when crossing from Toorak into South Yarra
Route 2 is signed as a "Tourist Route." Sections of the route provide different tourist attractions. Starting in the calm, green north-east, the route takes in several beautiful sceneries before finishing along the inner western coast.
Warrandyte to Bulleen
Through these outer north-eastern suburbs, the route winds near to the Yarra River, but rarely can the driver see the river itself. The roads do, however, pass by a number of Yarraside parks, including Pound Bend, Westerfolds Park, Finns Reserve, Birrarung Park and Banksia Park, which are all well-liked serene picnic locations with a view of the outer-suburban Yarra River, where it is still safe to swim and canoe.
Heidelberg to Alphington
There is little in the way of a Yarra view along this section of the drive. The best Yarra vantage point is found alongside the Boulevarde, but there are lots of stores and some industry through these middle-northern suburbs.
Yarra Boulevard, Kew
A winding but road on the edge of a hill which provides a marvellous view of both the Yarra and the inner suburbs. It also runs alongside several golf courses.
Burnley to Southbank
For most of this section, the road runs directly alongside the Yarra River after it widens past
Dights Falls, with a clean view of the bridges and surroundings. Alexandra Avenue also provides access to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Birrurung Marr. Alexandra Avenue, however, is an important thoroughfare in inner-eastern Melbourne, and so traffic can often be unpleasant.
Route 2 briefly takes in the CBD, driving directly past
Crown Casinoand the Melbourne Aquarium.
West Gate Bridge
West Gate Bridgespans the Yarra at its widest, and gives a panoramic view of the city, the docks, the industrial Western Suburbs, and Port Phillip Bay. Traffic is chaotic during peak hour.
Yarraville to Williamstown
This is a drive along the inner-western beachfront to the end of the mini-peninsula at Williamstown, finishing the route alongside a scenery of blue skies, yellow sand and marinas - a far cry from the leafy green beginnings of Warrandyte. This section coincides with the newer "Bay West Trail", signed as Tourist Route 11.
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