Distance: 4.1 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 287 metres
Road Surface: Good
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The windy tourist road up to Arthurs Seat was first built in 1929 and is a very popular climb amongst cyclists. Arthurs Seat rises 314 metres above sea level & dominates the local surroundings. Climbing Arthurs Seat is no easy feat & with some of the best views that you’ll get of Port Phillip Bay. This is considered one of The Mornington Peninsula’s most iconic climbs.
The traditional start to this climb is at the entrance to the Arthurs Seat Park (pictured below). However there is an additional 1.3 km of climbing if you begin your climb oat the base of McCulloch Street in Dromana. I always say you haven’t truly done a climb unless you’ve climbed as high and long as possible.
The climb is short & sharp & to get up it in one piece it’s important to find a comfortable tempo to sit on. The climb winds its way up till the summit and you will pass 4 scenic lookouts on your way up. The views are simply incredible, and help to distract from the pain of the climb. Every time you pass one you are that little closer to the top.
Generally you’ll find the gradient quite consistent & easy to get into a rhythm. There are many switcbacks along the way & these are where you’ll earn your money as they can be very, very steep.
Make sure you get a photo on Arthurs Seat at the top.
Arthurs Seats popularity has led to it being used in numerous recreational events throughout the year and is used as the Queen stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour which is Australia’s oldest stage race.