The Mount Buffalo climb proper starts at the gatehouse and climbs steadily for the first 20km at an average grade of about 5%. When you reach the crest and drop down (a little) to the shore of Lake Catani, there’s only a little further to go. Riders would once have turned left and headed to the now-disused Chalet, but these days there’s ‘just a little bit more’ climbing up to the checkpoint at Dingo Dell where the cafe holds refreshments, and perhaps a little more breakfast.
The entire climb – and descent – offer some absolutely stunning vistas across the Ovens Valley as the sun rises. Not to be missed!
The Strava segment from the Gatehouse to Dingo Dell is here.