Coming from Clayton.
If you want to get there in shortest amount of time, go the Hume. There are plenty of roadside stops, some at service stations & some with toilets & maybe picnic tables. It will take roughly an hour to get from Clayton to Campbellfield, depending on time of day & the route you take through the city.
If you want the most scenic route, then go through the Yarra Valley. You will be drving single lane roads in places, so it will take longer.
It's about three-and-a-half hours or a little less from Melbourne CBD to Beechworth via the Hume (if you stick to the speed limit!). It's certainly the easier run to take, rather than the scenic route - depends on whether you want to get the journey over and done with with minimal stops, or take your time along the way. There are some nice parks in some of the towns along the Hume, so I'd probably pick this route in your situation.
Enjoy Beechworth, it's a lovely time of year to be up there.
I'm with Ellen and Hal. The Hume is an easier drive and if traveling with an infant that's what you want. Favorite stop of mine is Benalla. Take the detour off the highway. Lovely park and a great cafe at the Art Gallery.
Thanks for the prompt reply.
I'll start planning the Hume route and mark down stops along the way.
Definitely mark down Benalla for a stop.
Great to hear someone going to God's Own Country, North East Victoria....consider stopping at the Caltex Roadhouse at Avenal for a break, just off the freeway, it's a mixture of truckstop & roadhouse with a busy cafe and does a huge huge big breakfast (order 1 meal & share it).. A better option than the service centres on the freeway. It's about an hour north of Campbellfield, doesn't look flash but value for money is excellent. Depending on your timing, the quirky Avenal Market is an interesting visit as well......
Take a look at the huge gold dredge on your way into or out of Beechworth. Try imagine this thing running and all the silt it was dredging through for that elusive yellow stuff.
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