The Duckmeister wrote:
Just wondering what is the next most-direct route from Frankston-Mornington without having to struggle with Oliver's Hill (or any other massively steep hills)? I've been trying to plan it out, and I think Foot St -> Overport -> Walkers might be okay, but I wanted to put it to a more experienced crowd, get some advice here from more experienced riders ...
Oliver's Hill is quite a bit easier than that route..
I snuck a quick post in at work, hence the brevity, so here's a bit more....
Oliver's Hill is the coastal flank of Mt Eliza, and while it's a little bit steepish, it's not all that long, as David_G pointed out. Once you're up the rest of the route to Mornington is gently undulating. Going inland & up Yuille St/Overport Rd actually takes you basically right to the top of Mt Eliza, somewhat more than double the elevation of the top of Oliver's. Not really all that nice if you have an aversion to hills. Additionally, some of the roads across the top of the hill (namely Winona Rd & in particular Walkers Rd) traverse creek gullies and have brutally steep bits.
One alternative to the direct route that would be a little bit friendlier than the previously posted options would be Kars St/Baden Powell Dve. Peel off the highway at the footy ground just past Davey St, then left at the church. Continue past the back of the footy ground & turn right at the roundabout. You'll be faced with a slightly intimidating-looking climb, not a lot shorter than Oliver's Hill and about as steep. At the top of the hill (or slightly after, it's been a while since I've been up there) swing right at the roundabout into Baden Powell then continue along there until you meet the highway.
Otherwise, if you really don't like hills, you'll have to go the back way:. Turn left off the highway at Playne St. At the top of the rise through the shops, you have a couple of options. 1: peel left from the lights & onto Cranbourne Rd. Go along for a few km, then turn right into McLelland Dve, which is a bit narrow, but quite rideable if you don't mind a bit of traffic. Take this through to Baxter & turn right at the roundabout. Option 2: At the top of Playne St, first peel left onto Cranbourne Rd, but cross at the next set of lights and semi-backtrack along the other side & jump onto the Stony Point Railway trail just before you hit the overpass. Take the trail as far as you can towards Baxter - last time I looked it ended rather abruptly at Golf Links Rd. It was also closed for a while due to works on the new freeway, but I think it's reopened now. When you get to Golf Links Rd, turn left off the path, then right at the roundabout to get onto McLelland Dve (or Fultons Rd as the section south of Golf Links is actually called), where you rejoin Option 1 outlined above....
Turn right at the Baxter-Tooradin Rd roundabout, and continue through until you run into Moorooduc Rd. Although t's a pretty major road, there's a good shoulder on it, so you can ride quite safely, just keep your wits at the roundabouts. Take your pick of Bungower or Mornington-Tyabb Rds to get you across to Mornington.