Gold Memorial Road (scenic ride)

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Distance: 2.9 km
Gradient: 2%
Elevation: 54 metres
Surface: Part gravel
Traffic: Light

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Warrandyte State Park

This scenic ride will take you through the heartland of Melbourne’s closest State Park; the Warrandyte State Park.  The area has a diverse species of wildlife. Unfortunately vegetation in the area was almost totally cleared during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Most of the vegetation seen today has regrown since then.  Much of the hilly area is characterized by open, forested country, with an under story of native grasses, creepers, Orchids and other Wildflowers.

The area also has historical significance as this was the site of Victoria’s firsts Gold find.  This was at Andersons Creek in July 1851.

Gold Memorial Road

The road is steeped with history and you make your way through the Warrandyte State Park.  The road gently rises and is one of those rare roads which you will want to take as slow as possible in order to soak up the sites.  There is much peace and solitude to the area and you’ll find yourself wanting to return for some more.

Part of this road is gravel and you will find a fair bit of loose rock on the road, and expect some corrugation.  You should be able to find a riding line and it is doable on 23 mm tires.

Just after you pass Hussey’s Lane the road rises and there is 350 meters of climbing to get back to the main road.

The experience

Gold Memorial Road is part of the green wedge area and a hidden gem.  If you haven’t experienced this road I can highly recommend it.  There is plenty of great riding in and around this area.

Gold Memorial Road at a glance

  • Narrow scenic road (two-way traffic)
  • Consistent gradient throughout the climb
  • Meanders through the Warrandyte State Park
  • Gravel section can get dusty throughout the warmer parts of the year
  • Cafe at the top of the climb
  • Joins onto one of the area’s best climbs.  Husseys Lane

During fire season

This climb is 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.

 

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