Distance: 2.1 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 153 metres
Falls Road takes you through the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, and one of the roads less travelled. This is a truly magnificent part of the Dandenong’s and a an amazing place to ride. The surface of this climb is gravel, but it is highly suitable to do on a Road Bike. This is quite a challenging climb which takes you past the National Rhododendron Garden in Olinda. The climb comes out at the very top of one of the Dandenong’s most iconic climbs. “The Wall”.
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
Falls Road climb
The climb starts near the intersection of Doughtys Road & Falls Road.
The first 1.1 km is quite steep with the gradient peaking at 12%.
You will come upon a 500 metre false flat which you will need to catch your breath.
At the end of the false flat you’ll notice the road rise and turn sharply to the right. The road gets steep again and this section can be a grind.
The climb finishes just after you pass the gates to the National Rhododendron Gardens.
At a glance:
- Steep gradients
- Well shaded
- The road is wide enough to comfortably pass cars
- Loose gravel in parts
- Expect some corrugation on the road
- Busy traffic on weekends
- Keep an eye out for wildlife
Best times to ride:
- On the weekends this climb experiences heavy traffic for visitors to the National Rhododendron Gardens which is open 10am – 5pm. Best to avoid riding on this road during these times.