Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road is a mountain road with a length of 52,2 km located in the Great Dividing Range, in Victoria, Australia. The mountain climbs up to the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort at an elevation of 1,478m above the sea level.
Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road (also called C426) is asphalted.The tourist drive is so very picturesque but is curvy. Stop off via the beautiful old town of Noojee where you can have a quick break, snack or lunch. Chains are available from Neerim South. Cycling up the Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road to the Baw Baw village is not for the faint hearted. Some professional riders have considered the ascent of Mt Baw Baw as the second hardest climb in the world of cycling and is sure to test your endurance; a gradient of 20.6% is recoded at Winch Corner.
The road was asphalted in 1990. It’s a beautiful drive through the National Park then up narrow and windy roads to Mt Baw Baw. The access road to the resort, the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road, features one of the toughest climbs accessible by road bicycles in Australia. The final climb of 6.2 kilometres rises 718 metres at an average grade of 11.5%, maxing out at 20.3%. The climb is not as long as, but considerably steeper than any of the hors catégorie climbs featured in the Tour de France.
Don’t rely on your GPS! Some GPS systems don’t work well in the region. Ranked among the hardest road climbs in Australia, the ascent of Mt. Baw Baw presents a challenge for cyclists of all abilities. The first half of the climb is friendly enough but at an average gradient of over 10%, the second half of this climb is not for the faint of heart! Local folklore says the hard part of Mt Baw Baw road is the final 6km from the gatehouse to the summit which has an elevation gain of 780m. The average gradient is 11.3% with some parts reaching 20%.
Exercise extreme caution when passing on-coming traffic, over-taking and around corners. Be prepared for all conditions as the weather can change rapidly in the Alps. Avoid driving up in bad weather, ensure you have warm, waterproof clothing and footwear and a tube of sunscreen. Make sure you plan where you will fill up your fuel tank before heading up the mountain (there is no petrol station on mountain!).