Swans Road (Bacchus Marsh)

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Swans Road
Location: Darley (in Bacchus Marsh)
Distance: 4.1 km
Average Gradient: 6%
Maximum Gradient: 15%
Elevation gain: 235 meters
Category: 3
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Residential/Rural
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
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Swans Road climb

The climb starts in front of the Golf house at the base of Robinsons Road.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When you hit the yellow turn sign (pictured below) the climb starts in earnest and the next 1 kilometre averages 10%.

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The road curves to your right, and the road goes skywards and there are several pinches reaching 15%.

They will hurt!

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Swans Road has a course road surface.  This adds an extra challenge to the climb.
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This region receives little rain and at all times of the year the terrain will be very dry.  You’ll notice it as soon as you leave the houses behind and enter rural Victoria.
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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.

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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.

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You will come to a tight right hand bend which as you turn averages 4 – 6% over the next 500 metres.

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There are impressive views to either side of the road here.

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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.

Bacchus Marsh has a large number of great climbs nearby, and if you haven’t had the chance to visit this part of the world then I would certainly recommend to do so.
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Swans Road at a glance

  • No line markings on part of the road
  • Spectacular views
  • Gradient peaks at 15%
  • Rough course road surface
  • Very exposed to the elements. Not recommended to attempt this on a windy day
  • Road eventually turns to gravel before becoming a Dead end roadhello
Swans Road
Image taken by Matt Ayres
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Bacchus Marsh cycling
Photo taken by Matt Ayres
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Swans Road Darley
Image taken by Matt Ayres
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How to get there

Swans Road is located approximately 63 km north-west of Melbourne.  From the city take the M1 west across the Westgate Bridge and turn off at the Western Ring Road.  Take the Western Freeway exit and follow this all the way to Bacchus Marsh and take the second exit on your way to the climb.

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2 thoughts on “Swans Road (Bacchus Marsh)

    Touring « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    June 6, 2015 at 3:01 am

    […] Swans Road                                      Darley                                   4.1 km                     6                                  3 […]

    The Wild West « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    September 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

    […] Swans Road                                      Darley                                     4.1 km                      6                                   3 […]

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