Pyrenees Highway at Willaura
Pyrenees Highway (B180) road sign at Willaura heading south between Ararat and Glenthompson.

Pyrenees Highway in western Victoria, Australia is a 206 kilometre highway serving to link the Calder Highway in Elphinstone with the Glenelg Highway in Glenthompson. It intersects with the region's major freight route - the Western Highway in Ararat, in addition to the Midland Highway in Castlemaine and Sunraysia Highway in Avoca. The highway was formerly named the Elizabeth Highway prior to 1911.

In 1855, Victoria enacted the , severely limiting the number of Chinese passengers permitted on an arriving vessel. To evade the new law, many Chinese were landed in the south-east of South Australia and travelled more than 400 km across country to the Victorian goldfields, along tracks, including what is now the Pyrenees Highway.[1][2]

See also

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal


  1. ^ "Chinese Immigration Act 1855 (Vic)". Documenting a Democracy. Museum of Australian Democracy. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ "The Chinese Trek to Gold" (PDF). Australian Heritage. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2013.

External links

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