Centenary Hill (Mount Gambier)

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Distance: 2 km
Average Gradient: 6%
Elevation gain: 132 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Scenic drive/walking track
Road Surface: Good/Average

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(Warning: this climb reaches gradients peaking at 30%. Please do not attempt this climb unless you’re confident with climbing such steep gradients or are happy to get off & walk your bike)

Mount Gambier is located 450 km’s South east of Adelaide, and is an extinct Volcano comprising of several craters and is a stunning place to visit.  Mount Gambier offers numerous parks and gardens, caves and sinkholes, and has two beautiful Lakes (The Blue Lake & Valley Lake).  The Blue Lake is thought to be of an average depth of 72 metres.  Early each November, the lake’s sombre blue, which is in evidence during the winter months, mysteriously changes to an intense deep turquoise blue almost overnight. The colouring remains until late February, when it gradually changes. From late March, it returns to a distinct sombre blue colouring that remains until the following November.

This climb takes you up the scenic drive past the Valley Lake and offers great views of the Lake throughout the climb.  The climb starts in earnest when you enter the Centenery Hill car park.  You exit the car park and enter the 400 metre walking path up to the Centenery Hill Lookout which averages 14%, peaking at 30%.

The views up the top are stunning and well worth the climb.

The climb starts on Davison Drive.

The first 500 metres are at an average 8%.

As you pass the Devil’s Punch Bowl you will see the Valley Lake to your left hand side.

At the corner of Elliot Drive turn right.

The next 400 metres is fairly flat.

The road ramps up & the last 200 metres as you approach the car park peaks up to 12%.

You will come to a gate and you will need to dismount from your bike to get through this gate.

From here the climb gets tough. The first 300 metres averages close to 11%.

The path is quite patchy in bits which makes the climb more challenging.

 

You will see stunning views to either side of the path.

This is a walking path and a very popular walk. You may need to give right of way to pedestrians.

When you see the Centenery Tower high up to the right side of the path the gradient starts pushing well over 20%.

The last 100 metres of this climb is extreme with the gradient peaking at 30%.

This climb has given many cyclist nightmares & there is no shame in getting off and walking your bike.

Not too many riders have made it all the way to the top without walking.  Enjoy the 360 degree Panoramic views from the top

 

Please use caution when descending this climb, and ensure the safety of ALL pedestrian traffic.

 

There are two alternative starts to this climb:

Centenary Hill (Mount Gambier)
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