Distance: 4.9 km
Average Gradient: 5%
Elevation gain: 270 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
This climb takes you out from the township of Yarragon and across the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges. The area is renowned for its stunning rolling green hills. The Strzelecki Ranges rises to over 500 metres in height from the south of the town. This provides a spectacular backdrop to the start of this climb. This climb is one for the gravel grinders. And for those that enjoy a sense of adventure and don’t mind a challenge. The road surface is fairly good with a little bit of loose gravel on the road. Thankfully it is fairly easy to pick a riding line.
The climb has numerous switchbacks and the thing which you will most remember about this climb are the views. The higher you climb the more stunning they become. Offering panoramic views of the Mount Baw Baw National Park.
This is an amazing part of Gippsland to visit. Offering some of Victoria’s greatest network of gravel roads, and has some incredible climbing.
Yarragon was originally called Waterloo however as there was another town of the same name. This caused confusion with the mail and the town changed names in 1883. Yarragon is short for Yarragondock, which is an Aboriginal word meaning “mustachoes”, Don’t be surprised if you see a few of them come “Movember”. The town was a centre for dairy farms, and had a big logging industry, heavily logging the forested hills to the south.
The Strzelecki Ranges off some of Victoria’s best kept secrets and is a playground for the climbers and adventure seekers alike. The Strzelecki Ranges can be explored from any of the towns at the base of the Strzelecki’s off the Princess Highway such as Warrigul, Trafalgar & Taralgon.
Yarragon South Road is used in Audax Victoria’s Gippsland Gold event and is one of the premiere climbs in the event.