Tourism started as highway trade in ancient times to service traveller’s desire for food, fuel and rest.
So what happens when highways are improved and these towns bypassed?
There’s a real life case study happening on the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne right now.
Trade in recently bypassed Tarcutta has been halved while another bypass is forecast by the Roads and Traffic Authority to cost nearby Holbrook – famous for having an old submarine HMAS Otway on display at a local park – as up to $12.1 million leading to the loss of 95 jobs across 40 businesses.
Something to think about when you’re on the road.