Wednesday, April 17, 2013

N is for Nepean Highway

N is for Nepean Highway ...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

The Nepean Highway was the first main road linking Melbourne and the southern beaches of the Mornington Peninsula.
It was built in the 1850's and has progressed through a range of names.
The original name was Arthurs Seat Road - named after the mountain rising above Dromana - because that is where the road ended, blocked by the spur from the mountain to Port Phillip Bay at Anthony's Nose.
This part of of the road was not opened till the 1920's when it became known as Point Nepean Road - the point being the most southern area of the peninsula.
As a well-used road by holidaymakers, it became known as the Nepean Highway in 1948.

This year, the Nepean Highway has been superceded by the freeway known as Peninsula Links.
The new freeway has scenic views of the hinterland, but I favour the Nepean Highway with all its wonderful views of the bay - and in spite of all the weekend bike riders!

The above photo is a view of the highway passing through Dromana in the quieter times of early evening.
Just behind the building (Sea Scouts Hall) on the left is the bay and the main shopping centre is on the right.

road with a history
winding round magical towns
and scenic sea views

A view of the little village style shops lining the Nepean Highway in Dromana.

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - N is for Nepean Highway


richies said...

Looks like it would be a great road for a scenic drive.
An Arkies Musings

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photos and colorful for 'N" ~ enjoy ^_^

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the little coastal village shops....

Roger Owen Green said...

Nice road, by whatever NAME.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

There's an area in Ontario just west of Ottawa (the capital of Canada) called Nepean. Wonder what the derivation of the name is, since you have the Neapean Highway.

abcw team

Nanka said...

Love the lovely nature pictures you get at Mornington Peninsula!!
Incidently we have at the southern tip along the sea side an elite residential area called Napean sea road!! Wondering how it got its name!!
My N - Nightingale

Nanka said...

Hope my comment has come through Gemma because it did not say so!!
My N - Nightingale

Joy said...

Coastal rides are always popular with bikers, they whiz up ours. Its an interesting name, not one I've heard before.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Looks like a peaceful place.

Festival of Nation

Catching up with letter N before O rolls in, I am close!
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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