Strzelecki Ranges

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Strzelecki Ranges via  Korrumburra-Warragul Road

The Strzelecki Ranges, are part of the Great Dividing Range, and extend for over 100 km between the Latrobe Valley and Bass Strait.  The Ranges generally rise between 300 – 500 metres in height with the highest peak at Mount Tassie which rises to 730 metres.

The ride down Warragul-Korrumburra Road is one of the best ways to experience the Strzelecki Ranges on a sealed road by bike.  This 39.1km section of road offers some challenging undulating roads through rolling farmland and offers some of the areas best views.  Although there are no big climbs along the way, there is a fair amount of climbing either way.

Image by Robyn Cox; Flickr

Details

Link to Warragul to Korumburra segment here:

Elevation gained:   820 metres

Link to Korumburra to Warragul segment here:

Elevation gained:  710 metres

The Ranges are named after Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki who was a Polish explorer. After climbing and naming Mount Kosciusko, his party journeyed to Gippsland.  Entering the north-eastern end of the Strzelecki Ranges and struggled through the rugged country for 22 days.  Finally emerging starved and exhausted at Western Port Bay in the 1840s.

Before the Ranges were settled, they were covered in dense forest.  The area had some magnificent tall Mountain Ash and temperate Rainforest. Sadly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, much of the Rainforest was cleared for agriculture and logging.  With regrowth, the Range still remains a beautiful area to visit.

Grand Ridge Road

The road leading to Grand Ridge Road turns off Warragul-Korrumburra Road.  Much of Grand Ridge Road is unsealed and is arguably the best way to experience the Strzelecki Ranges by bike.  Grand Ridge Road is 135 km in length and extends from near the village of Strzelecki and follows the ridge line through the western side of Mount Worth State Park, Mirboo North & Ballok & ending at Carrajung in the east.

Image by Andrew Clifforth

Korrumburra-Warragul Road at a glance

  • Incredible views of the rolling countryside
  • Very undulating roads
  • Narrow shoulder
  • Lots of sweeping bends
  • Several sections are exposed to the elements and you will get buffeted around on a windy day
  • Food and toilets available at Korumburra & Warragul

How to get there

Warragul is approximately 106 km south-east of Melbourne and accessable via the M1 Freeway.  There is a V-Line service to Warragul.  Click here for timetables.

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