Upwey was originally called Mast Gully. In the 1850’s there were several trees that were logged to make masts which is where the name came from. Mast Gully is recognised as one of the most iconic climbs in the Dandenong’s. It has been used in every edition of the Dandenong’s “Dirty Dozen”. The name Mast Gully can inspire fear in some, and a sense of adventure in others. One thing that everyone would agree with. Mast Gully Road is easily one of the hardest climbs that you can do on a Road bike in the Dandenong Ranges.
How many climbs have their own Tank?
Mast Gully Road climb
The climb starts at the corner of Dealbata Road & Mast Gully Road (Upwey).
The road immediately ramps up to 20%. It remains this way for the first 200 meters and you can see all the way to the top of this pinch and it is truly brutal. When you arrive (survive) to the “T” intersection at the top turn left.
There is a brief respite which may save you from a cardiac arrest. As the road flattens out for about 50 meters before you resume climbing.
The first pinch is brutal. This lasts about 100 meters peaking at 27% before flattening out to a pleasant 13% average. Mast Gully Road is surrounded by trees. If the climb wasn’t so painful you may find the scenery serene.
Hate to spoil the party but after 1.1km of climbing the final 200 metres are the hardest. The gradient stays over 18% and peaks at 25%. Brutal probably doesn’t describe the pain that you will go through to get up this last pinch.
The end of the climb is at the intersection of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road.
If you want further punishment then turn right onto the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. There are three extended climbs that you can do from Mast Gully Road:
The town of Upwey is located approximately 44 km east of Melbourne, and accessed off the Burwood Highway, and is well signed.
Train service available to “Upwey” and “Mooroolbark” train stations. 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.