Police Academy Hill (Wheelers Hill)

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Distance: 300 metres
Average Gradient: 12%
Elevation gain: 47 metres
Traffic: Heavy at peak times
Terrain: Residential

Road Surface:Good

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

The Police Academy Hill is Melbourne’s steepest major road peaking at an insane 18%.  This climb is short & brutal and takes you up to the Victorian Police Academy.
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Police Academy Hill
Victorian Police Academy
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The climb starts at the intersection of Lum Road & Waverley Road (Wheelers Hill)
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Police Academy Hill
You can see the Police Academy at the top left corner of the photo
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The road is pretty wide & there is plenty of space to ride comfortably.
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Police Academy Hill
This one’s going to hurt
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The climb is brutal & you’ll wish you had more gears.
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Police Academy Hill
Top of the climb
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The climb ends at the roundabout on the intersection of Waverley Road & Gallaghers Road
(please be aware that there can be a lot of traffic crossing this roundabout at most times of the day)
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Police Academy Hill
Views from the top
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Police Academy Hill

The Police Academy Hill

  • Super steep gradient
  • Big enough road to ride comfortably
  • One lung bustin effort

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7 thoughts on “Police Academy Hill (Wheelers Hill)

    Christian Purnomo said:
    April 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    ouch climb..

    Cameron said:
    April 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for the write-up Brendan. This one is close to home for me. The strava segment called “Horrible Hill” gives it away. The church on the left hand side always looks impressive. I used it as “training” for Baw Baw as I wanted something steep. Sure got what I was looking for!

    You can tackle the roundabout from all 4 directions for added variety.

    Kangri. said:
    April 7, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Police academy crucifix? Sounds good!

    Personally I think the climb starts from jells rd but then it's only a mere 6% ave. gradient :p
    https://www.strava.com/segments/714007

    Brendan Edwards said:
    April 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I like the sound of the Police Academy Crucifix. Kangri I set-up a slightly more extended segment:
    https://app.strava.com/segments/8411470
    Scary to think the Police Academy Hill has been Everested

    Cardinia « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    June 6, 2015 at 3:05 am

    […] Police Academy Hill                             Wheelers Hill                   300 metres              12                                4 […]

    Adam said:
    February 25, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I sometimes go through here on my way to Glen Waverley station to get to work. I will definitely sort out a route for a crucifix!

    Brendan responded:
    February 25, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Hi Adam, here’s the segment for a Wheelers Hill Crucifix (plus);
    https://www.strava.com/segments/10751439
    There’s also this one that will get the lungs burning:
    https://www.strava.com/segments/3250136

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