Average gradient: 5.8%
Elevation gain: 144m
A few kilometres west of Yarra Glen, the climb up to Skyline Road is short but surprisingly steep. Great scenery and fantastic views of the Yarra Valley make this climb well worth the effort.
The climb to Skyline Road begins at the small white bridge on the Eltham Yarra Glen Road (C726), around 1.3km from its intersection with the Melba Highway.
The climb to Skyline Road ends, unsurprisingly, at Skyline Road. Be aware that Skyline Road intersects the Eltham Yarra Glen Road on both the right and left. The climb ends when Skyline Road is on your left, some 200m after passing it on the right.
At a glance
- A short but reasonably steep climb with a largely consistent gradient.
- The road flattens off slightly at the right-hand hairpin 800m into the climb.
- The final 400m of the climb are flatter than the first 2km.
At only 2.4km in length, the climb to Skyline Road is short but sweet. You’ll start climbing a few hundred metres before the official start at the white bridge and upon reaching the bridge, you’ll find that the first 500m of the climb itself are quite steep. After the steep start, the road flattens out slightly as it heads around a sharp hairpin right at the 800m mark.
After the hairpin, the road resumes a gradient of around 7% which is maintained for the next kilometre or so. Short flatter sections in the climb’s second kilometer allow you to catch a glimpse of the fantastic view over the Yarra Valley.
Two kilometres into the climb the road flattens out, allowing you to pick up some momentum for the last 400m to the finish.
The climb to Skyline Road is located on the outskirts of Yarra Glen, on the Eltham Yarra Glen Road (C726). From Yarra Glen, take the Melba Highway (B300) north for a couple hundred metres before turning left onto Eltham Yarra Glen Road (C726). The white bridge which designates the start of the climb is 1.3km from the turn-off.
Yarra Glen is a good 50km from Melbourne through the leafy north-east, or around 60km through Lilydale and then north along the Melba Highway (B300).
A Strava segment for this climb, which starts at Steels Creek Road, can be found here.