Distance: 5.5 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 430 metres
Old Coach Road is for those that enjoy a challenge and love a sense of adventure. A fair part of this climb is unsealed & boasts the steepest average gradient for a Category 2 climb in the Dandenong Ranges. I would go so far as to say this is one of the hardest climbs that you can do on a Road bike in the Dandenong’s.
Here is a link to the Strava segment here
The climb commences from the township of Montrose on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
The first 700 metres of climbing is dead straight with an easy gradient averaging around 3%. Traffic can get pretty busy on this stretch of road.
At the Sheffhield Road turn-off sign you have the option of turning right or going straight ahead. Head straight ahead and you’ll notice that the road goes skyward and the next 500 metre section is super steep with gradients hitting over 20%. Maybe you’ll wish you turned right instead…….
This section is still sealed with an average gradient of 11%, though it will fell a lot more.
Shortly after you round the hairpin the road will turn to gravel, and the name of the road changes to Old Coach Road. This is where the fun begins.
Old Coach Road itself is 2.3 km @ 11%. Given 2/3 of it is gravel expect this climb to be extremely hard.
Thankfully there is a fairly consistent gradient throughout and it is easy to get yourself into a rhythm. Continue on until you reach the hairpin featured below. If you turn right or left here the road goes skywards. Make sure you turn right.
Once you hit the corner of five ways turn right and head up to Sky High (there’s singage to show you the way).
The next 2.1 km averages 7%. Even though its a lot easier compared to the dirt part of Old Coach Road I’m sure your legs will be feeling it at this stage.
Enjoy the views as you earn a well deserved rest at Sky High.elp
How to get there
Old Coach Road is located in the township of Montrose in the Dandenong Ranges. Located approximately 40 km east of Melbourne.
Plan your ride
- Old Coach Road is quite narrow. Please keep as far to the left as possible when a vehicle is coming
- Toilets available in Montrose and at Sky High
- Food available in Montrose or Sky High
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.