Average gradient: 6.8%
Elevation gain: 169m
Among the most popular climbs in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Perrins Creek Road might only be short but it’s also deceptively challenging. It also happens to be one of the most scenic climbs in the Dandenongs, with ferns and native gums crowding the road all the way up.
The Perrins Creek Road climb starts at the intersection of Perrins Creek Road and Sassafras Creek Road/The Crescent, when the latter is on the left. While Perrins Creek Road is uphill for 200m before that intersection, it’s widely accepted that the climb proper starts at the intersection.
The Perrins Creek Road climb ends at a T-intersection with the Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road.
At a glance
- A short but deceptively challenging climb with some of the Dandenongs’ most impressive scenery.
- The gradient is largely consistent at around 6-7% most of the way up.
- There are two brief flatter sections (at 700m and 1.5km).
- There are two brief steeper sections (at the 1.8km hairpin and on the final corner).
You get a fairly good idea of the gradient of this climb as soon as you leave Sassafras Creek Road/The Crescent behind you, with the road heading upwards at roughly 6-7%.
The grade stays relatively consistent most of the way up, aside from a couple of short, steeper ramps and the odd flatter section. One of those flatter sections comes after 700m when the gradient drops to around 3-4% but 100m later you’re back climbing at around 6%.
After a couple of gentle bends the road flattens off again slightly, this time after 1.5km, and for the next few hundred metres the climbing feels marginally easier.
After 1.8km the road doubles back on itself, heading sharply around to the left as it crosses a small creek. This is the steepest part of the climb with the gradient touching 10% on the inside of the bend. But as the road straightens out, the gradient returns to around 7% as the end of the climb approaches.
After winding gently from side to side for a few hundred metres, the road kicks up slightly for the final right-hand bend which takes you to the end of the climb at the Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road.
Perrins Creek Road is just one of many great climbs in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, roughly 40km east of Melbourne’s CBD. Popular routes out to the Dandenongs include Burwood Highway, Canterbury Road, Mitcham Road/Boronia Road, Mountain Highway and a combination of these.
Perrins Creek Road is most commonly accessed from the Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road (that is, by descending the climb then heading back up it) and isn’t far from the top of the Dandenongs’ most popular climbs, The 1 in 20 and The Wall.
The climb can also be accessed through the nearby towns of Kallista or Monbulk, taking you up towards Olinda and the upper reaches of the Dandenongs.
The Strava segment for the Perrins Creek Road climb can be found here.