Basin Olinda Road (The Basin)

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Distance: 6 km
Average Gradient: 6%
Elevation gain: 148 metres
Traffic:Light traffic
Terrain: Gravel
Category: 2

Here is a link to the Strava segment here

The 1 in 20 is Melbourne’s most iconic climbs, and riders flock there in their thousands to take on the 1 in 20.  Each and every time they will turn onto the roundabout and ride past The Basin Olinda Road.  Too many riders don’t take the roads less travelled and there are so many who have not experienced what is arguably the Dandenong’s best dirt climb.  This is a climb which is amazing to do for so many different reasons.  It has a great road surface, offers a very good workout and is easy on the eye.

Basin Olinda Road climb

When you turn off at the roundabout there is a short-fast sealed descent down to the base of the climb.  The climb begins shortly after the Gravel Road sign on the left hand side of the road

The early couple of kilometers of this climb are the steepest, but overall the gradient is fairly consistent throughout this climb.

There is easily enough space for you to pass a vehicle comfortably, but be mindful and watch out for traffic.

Of the dirt climbs in the Dandenong’s Basin Olinda Road is probably the most heavily trafficked road.  It may also be susceptible to storm damage and the road condition may change over time.

Given the length & gradient of the Basin Olinda Road, this is quite a challenging climb and it is important to pace yourself.  If you go into the red on this one you may not find it all that pleasant.

At the top if you turn left, and then left up to Sky High you can add an additional 2.8 km of climbing.

Click here for the extended Strava segment (8.5 km @ 5%).

Plan your ride

Public transport

Train service available to “Ferntree Gully” of “Mooroolbark” train stations.  Click here for Public Transport Victoria for train timetable.


There is limited parking at the base of the 1 in 20.  It is advised to park in the car park next to the Basin Fire Brigade.  There is parking available in front of the shops in the Basin, however these have parking restrictions.

Public toilets are available:

  • At the base of the 1:20


Available at the base of the 1 in 20

Basin Olinda Road
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3 thoughts on “Basin Olinda Road (The Basin)

    Karl Billeter said:
    August 2, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Suitable to climb on a road bike but a pretty rough descent. Lost feeling in my hands for a few minutes 🙂

    Dandenong’s climbs « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    August 3, 2015 at 11:11 am

    […] Basin Olinda Road (gravel)        The Basin                                6 km                         6                              2 […]

    Dirt climbs « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

    […] Basin Olinda Road (gravel)              The Basin                            6 km                         6                           2 […]

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