Frankston to Dromana

Cycle Victoria, Road Ride, Frankston to Dromana

This is a popular training ride and is also part of Bicycle Victoria’s Round the Bay in a Day route. It includes all the hills (and downhills) that are encountered on the eastern shore’s route. Combine it with Middle Park to Frankston Ride and/ or Dromana to Sorrento Ride if you are looking for extra kilometres. Riding conditions are pleasant with a mix of suburban and country, mostly on marked bike lane on wide roads.

There are several bike shops near the start point in Framkston if required. As you set off along the busy Nepean Highway the first thing you see as you raise your sights is the climb up Olivers Hill. This isn’t long but has the steep pinch in the middle up Hopes Rise. If you aren’t warm when you start you will be at the top. The wide, divided road from here to Mt Eliza makes for pleasant riding as it rolls through small hills and valleys.

As you zoom down towards Mornington you need to be careful on the sections where the bike lane disappears. Unless you are attracted to bulky goods outlets, car dealerships, etc just concentrate on your riding through this section. If you divert down Mornington Tyabb Road you will find Mornington township is quite attractive, with its bayside location and chock full of places to eat or have a coffee.

After Mornington you quickly leave the suburban feel of the ride behind and face the climb up Balcombe Hill. This is longer than Olivers Hill but after a bit of a puff up the first part the incline tapers off so you can get back to enjoying the views of surrounding countryside. The downhill from the top is exhilarating and the views towards the bay and Arthurs Seat add interest. But don’t get too carried away because towards the bottom you have a traffic light, a freeway entrance and a roundabout to negotiate. The ride down to Dromana continues to be enjoyable as you ride through rolling countryside. Watch for traffic at the freeway ramps near Dromana. Back at the coast you roll along Dromana’s main street with the town centre being at the pier.

Dromana is the first of the holiday towns along the bay’s eastern shore and accordingly will be busy or quiet depending on the season. Take the opportunity to refuel at one of the many food outlets, perhaps even at the Dromana Pub, or take a relaxing walk along the beach or out on the pier. The return route to Frankston involves a short loop around the flank of Arthurs Seat to settle the creamy bun you might have just eaten then back to the Nepean Highway you rode down on.

Access

Catch the Metro train or travel by car to Frankston. Park at the station or at the foreshore just after the ride start, but watch for fees and time restrictions.

Food and Drink

Nothing much en route, but if you can’t go the distance follow sign into Mornington township. Plenty of choice in Dromana.

Side Trip

Turn right at Mornington Tyabb Road (12.0km), turn left at roundabout at end of Mornington main street and follow the esplanade around to Dromana. This is quite scenic; the road is narrow and windy around Mt Martha headland. If you are jumping out of your skin, try the steep 4.5km Arthurs Seat climb (turn right at 30.0km). Only for the fit this one but the views are spectacular.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start on Nepean Hwy at Davey St. From Frankston Station turn left on to Young St out of station, ride straight on at the roundabout at Playne St then turn right into Davey St. Turn left into Nepean Hwy to start the ride.
  • 0.2 Straight on at lights. On the right is Frankston Pier, car parking, kiosk and toilets.
  • 1.5 Follow advisory signs and bear left up Hopes Rise side road as you climb Olivers Hill. This is a steep pinch so make sure you select a low enough gear before you start it.
  • 6.4 Straight on across Wooralla Dr.
  • 12.0 Straight on across Mornington Tyabb Rd. Turn right here for Mornington.
  • 16.1 Careful across bridge where there is no bike lane and begin climb of Balcombe Hill.
  • 20.0 Straight on at lights.
  • 20.3 Keep right on highway. Watch for traffic turning across in front of you.
  • 20.8 Turn left at roundabout, signposted Flinders.
  • 21.5 Keep right. Watch for cars on left.
  • 24.7 Keep right.
  • 26.4 Straight on past freeway entrance.
  • 28.7 Dromana Pier. This is the start point for Dromana to Sorrento Ride. Your choices are to stop the ride here, continue on to Sorrento, or head back to Frankston following the rest of the instructions. Pier View café on left before lights is popular or try the bakery in the shopping centre just after the lights.
  • 29.1 Turn left into McCulloch St. Signposted to Arthurs Seat.
  • 29.9 Straight on past freeway entrance and underneath freeway.
  • 30.0 Turn left then follow road around to right on to Boundary Rd.
  • 34.1 Turn left, signposted Mornington 15.
  • 35.8 Turn right on to Nepean Hwy, signposted Mornington.
  • 39.7 Turn right at roundabout and continue to follow Nepean Hwy back to Frankston.
  • 58.6 Careful on the descent of Olivers Hill. There is no marked bike lane down the hill and you need to make sure you are not travelling too fast to safely take the corners.
  • 60.6 End of ride back at Frankston.
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    60.201 km / 37.407 mi

    Total Distance

    606 m / 1,987 ft

    Total Ascent

    605 m / 1,987 ft

    Total Descent

    117 m / 382 ft

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    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Sightseeing
    Commuter
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Expert (Double Black)
    Ride Duration: Full day
    Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle
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