Distance: 14.8 km
Average Gradient: 4%
Maximum Gradient: 18%
Elevation gain: 616 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
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The Grampians are located 258 km north-west of Melbourne and offers some of the states best climbing. It is a climbers paradise, and this is definitely a bucket list ride. The Boroka lookout offers challenging climbing, stunning scenery and one of the best lookouts you are likely to see at the end of a calimb. The 4% average of this climb is quite deceptive as this climb has a challenging start and finish to the climb.
The climb starts at the intersection of the Grampians Road and Mount Victory Road.
The first 4km of this climb is challenging with gradients ranging between 6 – 10%. The road is narrow and traffic can be a problem at times. Try to remain as close to the shoulder as you can at all times to let vehicles safely pass you.
You will be treated to some stunning views of the valley below to the left hand side of the road.
After you pass the turnoff for the Sundial lookout the gradient gets much easier. From here to until the turn-off you will encounter a gentle gradient which is quite an enjoyable ride.
When you realise you are turning onto a road called “Mount Difficult” Road alarm bells should be ringing. Whoever named this road got it spot on. The first km has you pitted against a road that gets steeper & steeper until you hit 17% in one part which your legs will be screaming ‘hail maries”. The next 3 km is undulating with a bit of descending.
Save something in the tank as there is one final pinch to the Boroka Lookout that is only several hundred metres long but peaks at 18% and will not tickle after 15 km of climbing in the legs.
Ride out to Boroka Lookout to enjoy some of the best views you are likely to see on a bike in Victoria.
Boroka Lookout climb at a glance
- Undulating climb with several incredibly steep sections peaking at 18%
- Narrow road with heavy traffic
- No water of food available on the climb (supplies can be purchased in Halls Gap)
- Amazing views throughout
- Located 258 km north-west of Melbourne