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.
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.
Not surprising that 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.
Arthurs Seat State Park
Arthurs Seat State Park is a prominent feature in the landscape of Port Philip Bay. The 314 metre summit provides spectacular views of the bay, which on a clear day can stretch as far as the city skyline, You Yangs and even Mount Macedon.
The park’s most popular attraction is the Arthurs Seat summit, where visitors can take in the stunning views. The park offers a wide variety of recreational activities which include hiking, photography, dining, picnicking and mountain biking. Take the pleasant circuit walk to Kings Falls or visit the delightful Seawinds Garden, featuring indigenous and exotic formal gardens among the sculptures by William Ricketts. Lose yourself in the Enchanted Maze Garden and wander through its 20 themed gardens. Then board a state-of-the-art gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest.
Please note that dogs are not permitted in the park.
Arthurs Seat State Park is located 60km south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Access to the park from Melbourne is via Mornington Peninsula Freeway and the Arthurs Scenic Road.