Chum Creek Road

3rd category climbLength: 8.4km
Average gradient: 3.5%
Elevation gain: 295m

View from the Chum Creek climb.

Introduction

The road from Chum Creek to Toolangi isn’t the longest nor the most challenging climb going around, but it’s certainly among the most picturesque. Winding gently through native gums and fern-filled gullies, this is one of the most visually impressive climbs Victoria has to offer.

The start

The Chum Creek Road climb begins at the corner of Heath Road and Healesville-Kinglake Road (C724), approximately 8km north of Healesville.

Start of the Chum Creek Road climb.

The finish

The Chum Creek Road climb concludes at the intersection of Healesville-Kinglake Road (C724) and Myers Creek Road, right next to the Toolangi Tavern.

End of the Chum Creek Road climb.

At a glance

  • A stunningly picturesque climb with a very modest gradient.
  • The road emerges from fern-filled forest after 7.2km and passes through farmland to the top.

Climb details

The climbing starts soon after you pass Heath Road but this is by no means a difficult climb. The gradient settles in at around 3% and, apart for a few short sections, this gradient is more or less maintained throughout.

Within a few hundred metres of the start of this climb, you’ll find yourself surrounded by native gums with the road winding its way gently from side to side. After 1.1km you’ll pass Elliott Lodge on the left-hand side of the road, after which the road begins to wind more tightly.

After 1.8km the road becomes marginally steeper — around 5% — as you wind through native gums and a lush covering of ferns. At the 2.3km mark you’ll bend sharply around to the left and 300m later the road has flattened out again to resume a gradient of around 3%.

The gradient fluctuates marginally for the next few kilometres, with a couple of short flat sections thrown in for good measure. After 4.2km the road opens out considerably and 100m later you’ll reach another false flat.

By the 4.6km mark you’ll realise just how gorgeous a climb this is, as the road continues winding its way through native ferns and gums. Look to the left of the road 300m later and you’ll catch your first glimpses of a brilliant gorge, replete with the best native flora that the Yarra Ranges have to offer. After 5.2km of climbing you’ll bend into a long, left-hand hairpin after which you’ll enjoy even more amazing views into the gorge on your left.

At the 5.4km mark, the road kicks out of the hairpin into the steepest part of the climb at around 6%. At this point you’ll have a virtually unobstructed view into the gorge below, and it’s a view worth savouring. 300m later the road has flattened out again and after another 100m you’ll bend sharply around to the left.

Over the next few kilometres the road continues to wind its way from side to side, the gradient fluctuating between nearly-flat and around 5%. Even the steepest parts of this climb are unlikely to have you in too much difficulty, and as a result, it’s a great climb to push out on in search of a best time.

After 6.7km the road has begun to wind quite sharply from side to side and 500m later you’ll emerge from the forest into open farmland. At this point the road has a gradient of around 4% but by the 7.8km mark, the road has flattened off and you’re within site of the end of the climb.

The climb comes to a close with a tiny kick just before the intersection with Myers Creek Road.

Profile

Profile for the Chum Creek Road climb

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Location

The Chum Creek Road climb begins 8km north of Healesville, a township located 65km east of Melbourne. If you’re riding from Melbourne, the most direct option is to take Maroondah Highway (B360) through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs before turning onto Healesville-Yarra Glen Road (c724) a kilometre or so before the Healesville township.

If you are cycling from Melbourne’s north east, it’s worth taking Eltham-Yarra Glen Road (C726) and then Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, despite the occasional patch of heavy traffic.

Times

If you feel like challenging yourself on this wonderfully picturesque climb, you could always time your ascent. If you want to see how your time compares with other cyclists’, head over to Cycle2Max for all the details. Click here to see the Strava segment for this climb.

11 Comments

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  1. JRA / Mar 17 2014

    We did the Myer’s Creek climb on the weekend. It’s a beautiful ride and certainly has some challenging sections. Chum Creek makes for a great descent into Healesville and the White Rabbit brewery (rule #47).

  2. Dave S / Oct 28 2013

    By the way, that ride was planned directly from blogs & write ups from this site. Thanks mate.

  3. Dave S / Oct 28 2013

    I took in Chum Creek Rd as part of a 160km return ride, starting from Yarra Junction and taking in Don Rd, Chum Creek, Humevale and Panton Gap. Chum Creek Rd is brilliant. It’s not steep, so you can just tick away and really enjoy the beautiful surroundings. On my return I descended Myers Creek Rd and that is one of the best descents going around, it’s like it’s made for going down. Next time I’ll climb Myers and descend Chum Creek as that is a great little descent by all reports.

  4. Marco / Oct 12 2013

    I love this one and ride it regularly as part of a 50km or 80km loop through Yarra Glen, Coldstream Gruyere. Nice way to warm up the legs.

  5. Milinda / Sep 27 2013

    One of the most enjoyable climbs. ( one month ago)
    We started from smiths gully a circuit ride over 1200m elevation gain in about 75km thru Yarra glen, Healsville, Chum Creek , Toolangi and Kinglake descend back to smiths gully.

    Chum Creek road is scenic , gentle gradient with very less traffic.

    Other direction has not tried yet.

  6. Malcom Hunter / Aug 8 2013

    My Sunday morning ride from Healesville where I live is up the Chum Creek road to Toolangi and then on to the Melba highway. A right turn and on for about 8 k and left turn for the back road to Kinglake for coffee and cake. The more direct way back to Toolangi and then down the Myers Creek road if it’s not wet. It’s about a 90 k round trip and I have never got sick of it. Love the site.

  7. gm / Mar 9 2012

    you have listed Chum Creek in your list of climbs but ignored the steeper climb adjacent to it in the Myers creek climb which is about 8k @ 6%.
    Nice Blogs page by the way

    • Pete / May 30 2013

      +1
      Myers creek for the climb… Chum Creek for the descent.

  8. kosh / Jun 15 2011

    Hey, thanks for posting!

    Coming back the other way – and keeping going all the way into Healesville – is my favourite descent in Victoria outside the high country proper.

    It’s the kind of descent where you hardly have to touch the brakes, and never go super fast, but when you do need to slow slightly for a corner you can just sit up a little. All the while through sun-dappled forest on a smooth road with limited traffic.

    Screaming down off Falls Creek it ain’t, but just plain lovely works sometimes too hey?

    • Matt / Jun 17 2011

      No argument from me – it’s a gorgeous piece of road. Have you descended Mt. Buffalo kosh? Probably my favourite descent, I reckon…

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