Distance: 2.4 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 182 metres
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Perrins Creek Road is one of the Dandenong Ranges most iconic climbs, and situated near one of the Dandenong Ranges most popular climbs; the 1 in 20. This climb takes you through some of the nicest Rainforest the Dandenong’s has to offer, and is a great one to do as you rarely see much traffic on it.
The climb up Perrins Creek Road
The official start to the climb begins at the intersection of Perrins Creek Road & the Crescent. However there is climbing all the way from Coonara Road.
Perrins Creek Road is quite deceptive in how challenging it is. It has a course surface that gets you working that little harder, and whilst the road doesn’t start out that steep. The higher you climb, the harder this one gets. If you keep an eye on your Garmin you’ll see the gradient subtly continue to get steeper until shortly before you reach the hairpin where the road peaks at 11%.
This is one of those climbs that are a pleasure to climb whether its fast or slow. It truly emodies the spirit of the Dandenong Ranges and a climb which you will find yourself coming back for more.
After coming out of the hairpin, the final 700 metres is much easier to climb, averaging just over 6%.
The climb finishes at the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road.
Plan your ride
- Toilets and water available in Sassafras
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 “Upper Ferntree Gully” train station. From the train station there is an easy 500 metre climb to the official start of the Devil’s Elbow climb. 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.