Cardinia Reservoir scenic climb

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Distance: 1.1 km
Gradient: 7.5%
Elevation: 89 metres
Surface: Average
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The Cardinia Reservoir Park offers some of the best views Cardinia has to offer.  And is a great scenic detour for cyclists. The park is situated only a short ride from Emerald (8 km’s).  You can drop in for a scenic cruise.  And test yourself against one of the areas toughest climbs which runs parallel to the Dam Wall.  

The climb commences opposite Duffy’s Picnic Ground

Start of the climb

The road rises sharply and you’ll be pushing gradients of around 10% pretty quickly.  There is a downhill descent leading up to the climb which gives you a good running start.

I’m not going to sugar coat this one.  It will really hurt and I can guarantee your legs won’t like it.

700 metres into the climb you will come to the Spillway carpark to the left side of the road.  The road flattens out here.  Brace yourself as the last 200 metres is quite nasty with gradients peaking at around 15%.  The climb finishes when you reach the gates at the end of the road.


Cardinia Reservoir was built back in 1970 & took 3 years to complete.  The Reservoir was built due to water shortages throughout the 60’s.  This was due to the expanding population in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  The Cardinia Reservoir has the capacity to hold 287,000 Megalitres.

If you visit the park I would highly recommend that you ride across the Dam Wall.  This offers spectacular views over the Cardinia Reservoir.  This path can be accessed from the lookout Car park.  Which is at the main entrance or by the Spillway Car park at the Southern end.  This is a walking track, so be prepared to give way to walkers.  You will find the path is quite wide and there should be plenty of room to share the path.

Dam wall walk

The Cardinia Reservoir has a dense forest.  And a large population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  There’s a good chance that you will see a few on your ride.


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