The first toll gate in Victoria was established on Heidelberg Road just over the Merri Creek Bridge from Clifton Hill. It was a great success, raising sufficient income to macadamise the road for over 1½ miles from the bridge, towards Alphington.
Emboldened by this success the colonial government tendered out for another toll gate in Northcote. The site chosen was just over the Merri Creek where Hoddle Street intersects with Queens Parade. The site was soon deemed unsuitable and relocated to south west corner of High and Westgarth streets.