Location: Darley (in Bacchus Marsh)
Distance: 4.1 km
Average Gradient: 6%
Maximum Gradient: 15%
Elevation gain: 235 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
Road Surface: Average
Swans Road is arguably one of the best climbs West of Melbourne and is a hidden gem. The climb boasts incredible views from the top & challenging gradients which peak at 15%. Swans Road is a dead end road, which makes it a good one to climb as there is very little traffic.
There was a recent mini-series “Gallipoli”, which was filmed right next to this road.
Click here for link to the Strava segment
Photos by Jason Poon
Swans Road climb
The climb starts in front of the Golf house at the base of Robinsons Road.
There is a small cobbled section to ride over leaving the Golf Club. It is a fairly easy gradient until you reach Cairns Drive where it flattens out.
From Cairns Drive the road is pretty straight. The gradient ramps up & averages 9% over the next 500 metres until the reach the intersection of Links Road. You will need to check for traffic before crossing the road.
The road flattens out as you cross Links Road. Then there is a small pinch which peaks at 12% shortly after Links Road. Which is followed by a dip before you hit the main part of the climb.
When you hit the yellow turn sign (pictured below) the climb starts in earnest and the next 1 kilometre averages 10%.
The road curves to your right, and the road goes skywards and there are several pinches reaching 15%.
They will hurt!
Once you come around the bend shortly after Bandell Avenue the road ramps up yet again to 15%. This is the hardest part of the ride. You can see some magnificent views to your right, and there are large farm properties to the left hand side of the road.
As soon as you see a large Green water tower to your right you will know that there is respite in sight. The road flattens out at this point, and you will have a refreshing short descent for around 50 metres.
From here it gets quite undulating with four short climbs followed by four short descents.
You will come to a tight right hand bend which as you turn averages 4 – 6% over the next 500 metres.
There are impressive views to either side of the road here.
This undulating section can really wear you out, and it is a welcome relief when you come to the very last pinch. The last pinch peaks at 9%. Swans Road has an average gradient of 6%. This does not do it justice to how difficult it is. There are 2 flattened out sections & 4 descents along the way.