Mount Buffalo Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

16.4 mi
4,287 ft
4.7 %


Page Contributor(s): Nick Payne, Canberra, Australia


This 16.4 mile bike climb is located in Victoria, Australia. The average gradient is 4.7% and there is a total elevation gain of 4,287 ft, finishing at 5,064 ft.

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sign for Mount Buffalo Chalet

Cycling Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia

Ride 18.3 kilometers gaining 1,031 meters at 5.6% average grade.

Mount Buffalo is located in Mount Buffalo National Park in Victoria, Australia. This climb is ranked as the seventh most difficult climb in Australia and is one of the most scenic, particularly if you travel 2.6 kilometers past the high point of the climb to Gorge Day Visitor Area where you can see the spectacular views of Mount Buffalo from the platform, including the gorge below via the glass viewing floor - Map to Top.

sign says "Welcome to Mount Buffalo National Park," views along the climb including huge rock walls

No cost to enter Mount Buffalo NP as of April 2022.

Mount Buffalo is in the Australian Alps, located in southeast Australia. The alps are the highest mountain range in the country.  

bike parked against guardrail at Climb Start, Mt. Buffalo National Park

Climb start.

Mount Buffalo National Park was established in 1898 and is one of Australia’s oldest national parks, which is saying quite a lot considering that Australia has 685 national parks (more than any other country).  Four percent of this vast continent is covered by national park.

For being such a remote bike climb, this one is quite popular with 17,590 Strava members having completed it as of April 2022.

road signs along the climb reminding drivers to share the road with cyclists

Popular and bike friendly.

Photo left at 1.1 km; photo right at 14.3 km.

Climb Summary by PJAMM Cycling’s Brad Butterfield.

Starting at the entrance to Mt. Buffalo National Park (no entrance fee!) the gradient quickly tilts up to about 5% and stays there for the next ten miles. This being a National Park road, there are some very popular tourist towns (Bright, Harrietville, and others nearby) the road was quite busy the day I rode. Every few minutes a string of cars would pass, but they were all going cyclist friendly speed. A series of hairpins brings you up closer to some remarkable slabs of rock and stunning views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. At the corner marked “The Gap” after just over 16 kilometers of climbing, the real climb is over. However it is a crime not to continue up the road 2.6  more kilometers to reach the view point and cafe. Make a left onto Chalet Road to access the viewpoint and cafe, and thank me later! Up there are the most jaw-dropping views I have yet seen in Australia.

photo collage shows vies along the climb; sign reading "Beware Wildlife Next 20 km," eucalyptus-lined roadway; Eurobin Creek

Photo bottom right - pass over Eurobin Creek at kilometer 2.5.

huge rock faces and Eurobin Falls

Eurobin Creek flows to and over Eurobin Falls.

It is a 0.8 mile out and back hike to Eurobin Falls from the road (AllTrails - Eurobin Falls Walk).

lush green forestation and mountain views

eucalyptus-lined roadways

aerial drone view shows huge hairpin turn

There are plenty of twists, turns and curves on this climb.

huge slabs of rock 2.6 km past climb finish

2.6 kilometers past the climb finish point.

huge rock face with Mount Buffalo Chalet and lookout and hang glider launch ramp pointed out

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