Distance: 1.1 km
Average Gradient: 10.1%
Elevation gain: 120 metres
Here is a link to the Strava Segment here:
Invermay Road whilst only a short climb is extremely steep and considered one of the Dandenong Ranges toughest climbs. This is a climb of two parts with a short 100 meter flattened out section in-between. Overall the climb averages a little over 10%, but given that the climb peaks at 24%. With a 300 meters wall averaging 20% its an understatement to say Invermay’s average gradient is highly deceptive. Many a rider has had to deliver the mail or get off their bikes to walk up this incredibly steep hill.
Invermay Road climb
After you turn left off Monbulk Road there is a short descent around a hairpin. The climbing starts straight away & it gets very steep within the first 50 meters. The first pinch is quite steep, averaging well over 12% over the first 250 meters, and you’ll want to save something in reserve for the second part of the climb.
The middle section is the best of the climb. The road flattens out & you have a chance to catch a breather and enjoy the open views to your right. Admittadly, it can be hard to appreciate the veiws. Most of the time you’ll be looking up the road at the second steep pinch and I can guarantee that everyone has the same reaction.
This is a 300 meter straight pinch with a 20% average, peaking at 24%. This will guarantee you a ticket to the hurt locker. Do whatever you can to get up this section. Grind, cry, zig-zag across the road, scream in pain, get off & walk. Whatever you can do to get up this truly insane pinch.
Even though the last 100 meters flattens out to a reasonable gradient, your legs may have gone on strike by then. And the last bit always seems to be a struggle to get to the top.
The climb up Invermay Road finishes at the Wall. On Olinda-Monbulk Road (this is considered the traditional end to the climb).
There are some really impressive views of the Yarra Ranges from the top of the climb, and if you don’t mind getting up ultra early. Invermay Road is perhaps one of the best places that you can see the sunrise from in and around the Dandenong Ranges. For those that maybe scared off such a steep climb, there are ways that you can cheat a little to see this amazing view. Its only a short descent from the Wall to see the best bit.
For those of us that enjoy a bit of torture then when you get to Olinda-Monbulk Road (aka the Wall), turn right and climb to the very top. Overall it is 4.5 km of climbing with an average gradient of 7%.
Click here for a link to the extended segment up to Olinda.
How to get there
Invermay Road is located in the township of Monbulk in the Dandenong Ranges. Located approximately 55 km east of Melbourne.
Plan your ride
- Toilets available in Monbulk or Olinda
- Cafe’s in Monbulk or Olinda
- This climb joins onto one of the Dandenong Ranges most iconic climbs “the Wall”
- Another great local climb is David Hill Road in Monbulk
Best times to ride
Monday – Friday:
Avoid peak hour traffic and ride between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Dandenong’s attracts a large number of tourist traffic over the weekend. It is best to schedule your rides early in the morning.
Train services available to the Dandenong Ranges, either using the Belgrave or Lilydale lines. Click here for Public Transport Victoria for train timetable.
During fire season
The Dandenong Ranges are in a fire district. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.