Sugarloaf Reservoir climb (Christmas Hills)

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Sugarloaf Reservoir
Location: Christmas Hills
Distance: 1.1 km
Gradient: 6%
Category: 4
Elevation: 69 metres
Surface: Paved
Traffic: Minimal

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Sugarloaf Reservoir climb

The Sugarloaf Reservoir is 456 hectare park nestled in the Christmas Hills and was developed during the late 1970’s, to help supplement Melbourne’s domestic water supply.   The park is a popular picnic spot and offers wonderful views, hiking, fishing & sailing.  Sugarloaf Reservoir supplies the northern, western and central suburbs of Melbourne.

Its a great place to ride around & offers a challenging climb into the Reservoir.

The climb starts right from the intersection of Eltham Road & Simpson Road.  You’re welcome to sing the Simpsons to spur you on.  Given the severity of this climb don’t think it would do you much good.

The first 600 metres are very steep.  Averaging over 9%.  Its saving grace is that it is a pretty consistent gradient

The road flattens out until you reach the gates to the Reservoir Park and then the road goes skyward again

After the climb enjoy a cruise around the Reservoir Park after.  The views are simply stunning

Opening times

Gates open at 8:30 am and close at 7:00 pm during daylight saving. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5:00 pm.  The park is open every day of the year.

  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park
  • The park offers great bush walking, picnicking, bird watching, sightseeing, sailing and shoreline fishing
  • Picnic tables and seats onsite
  • Information Shelter
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Toilet
  • Sealed carpark

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