Distance: 5.5 km
Average Gradient: 6%
Elevation gain: 323 metres
Silvan Road is one of the best gravel roads to climb in the Dandenong Ranges. This is a climb which joins onto the top of one of the most iconic climbs in the Dandenong’s; “the Wall”. If you choose to do this climb on a Road bike. Heads up that there is a fair bit of gravel on the road. You will find that there is only a limited racing line, but that adds to the appeal of this climb. The scenery through here is amazing, and this is a real pleasure to ride.
Here is a link to the Strava segment here
The climb commences at the intersection of Silvan & Olinda Creek Road
The gradient is fairly consistent throughout the climb which averages 6%.
The climb is surrounded by the Dandenong Ranges National Park, and is a sheer pleasure to ride through. Keep an eye out for wildlife
You’ll see stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley at the RJ Hamer Arboretum. This is right near the top of the Silvan Road climb. Arboretum is a Latin word meaning a place for trees. Here you will find over 150 species of native and exotic trees, and this is an amazing quiet, peaceful area to visit. There’s some great hikes around here that are worth coming back to do.
Silvan Road is a climb which will appeal to the adventures seekers. And the lovers of true nature. This is easily one of the best dirt climbs in the Dandenong’s.