Mount Warrenheip (Ballarat)

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Distance: 2.2 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 163 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
Surface: Sealed (2nd part rough)
Category: 3

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Mount Warrenheip
Kryal Castle

Mount Warrenheip is an inactive Volcanic cone located approximately 9 km’s east of Ballarat.  The name Warrenheip originates from the Wathaurong word Warrengeep, meaning “to climb multiple times on a bike”.  Given this climb has been Everested its quite ironic.
If you haven’t heard of Mount Warrenheip then put it on your bucket list.   How many climbs would you get a chance to climb in Australia where you climb past a Castle?

Mount Warrenheip

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Mount Warrenheip climb

There are several places where you can start this climb.  You can either climb this from the Western Highway, or the climb I’m profiling today starts from Old Melbourne Road heading up Forbes Road.

The first 400 metres is a fairly steady gradient of around 6% before you turn right onto Mt Warrenheip Road.

Mount Warrenheip

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You’ll notice the surface deteriorate dramatically.  This is more of a goat track but that adds to the allure of this climb.

Mount Warrenheip

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The road winds its way like a corkscrew up to the top of the climb. There are amazing views of the valley below to the left side of the road.

Mount Warrenheip

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The gradient is pretty consistent throughout, but you’ll have to keep an eye on the road as there are quite a few rough patches that can really throw off your momentum.

Mount Warrenheip

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The climb finishes at the Mobile phone tower, but sadly there is no view from the top.  This climb has been used to finish off one of the stages in the Womens NRS “Tour of the Goldfields” race.

Mount Warrenheip
Take care on the descent as the road has several blind corners and the road is quite narrow.
Mount Warrenheip
Mount Warrenheip
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Just another day @ Kryal Castle Image taken from Flicka; taken by Neelaka

How to get there

Mount Warrenheip is located 108 km west of Melbourne.

Directions: Take the M1 westbound from Melbourne, then turn-off onto the Western Ring Road & then onto the Western Freeway.  Kryal Castle is signed.

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