There is plenty to do at Mt Baw Baw during the ‘Green Season’. On the hottest days in Melbourne the temperature on the mountain is usually delightful with cool nights.
Relax and enjoy the views
Visitors to the village have beautiful views at their doorstep. Enjoy a coffee or a meal overlooking the Latrobe Valley at Village Central, or just go for a wander and enjoy the wildflowers.
Space for the kids
Mt Baw Baw is the ultimate natural playground, providing kids with endless scope for clambering over rocks, searching out wildlife, riding bikes or climbing hills…all far away from the TV screen and out in the fresh mountain air.
Bikes are not permitted on the ski runs, but are allowed on the Beech, Latrobe, Summit, Village and McMillan’s trails. Bikes and helmets can be hired from Baw Baw Sports and Outdoors but it’s best to ring ahead to check availability (Ph: 1800 106 078).
Photography and birdwatching
The warmer months are beautiful at Mt Baw Baw and perfect for taking photographs or birdwatching. From December to February there is an abundance of alpine flora.
Some activities are provided around the village at a cost, including a spa and gym. For bookings and opening times contact the Mt Baw Baw Information Centre (Ph: 03 5165 1136).
Special events such as music festivals and sporting events are held regularly through the Green Season. Check the Mt Baw Baw website for details.
Village facilities open in the Green Season
- Visitor Information Centre (Ph: 03 5165 1136): 9 am to 5 pm daily.
- Village Central: open every day during the green season for drinks and snacks and for dinner on Friday through Sunday nights. Dinner bookings are essential. Call Village Central (Ph: 03 5165 1123) for further details and to make bookings.
- For further details about the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village, visit the Mt Baw Baw website.
Short walks from the village
There are several short walks (up to 5 km) from the village area, which follow the winter cross-country ski trails on well-marked routes. Picnic areas are dotted around the trails. Information sheets with a map for these walks are available from the Information Centre.
- Beech Trail: an easy walk of approximately 1 km finishing at Saxton’s Picnic Area. Return the same way or follow the road back to the Village.
- Latrobe Trail: an easy loop of about 750 metres with views of the Latrobe Valley.
- Village and McMillan’s Trails: a loop of approximately 4.5 km to 5 km.
- Summit Trail: a loop of about 2.5 km meandering to the summit of Mt Baw Baw with picnic areas and a view to Mt St Phillack and Mt Buller.
Downhill ski areas are also open for walkers to explore during the summer months, and offer some great views of the surrounding area.
Day walks in the National Park from the village
The Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village offers access to extensive bushwalking in the Mt Baw Baw National Park. Follow the Village Trail to Baragwanath Flat on the edge of the Mt Baw Baw National Park and then the signpost leading to the Alpine Walking Track to walk to
- Mt St Phillack – about 8 km return
- Mt St Gwinear – about 12 km return
- Mt Erica – about 26 km return
- Mt Whitelaw – about 12 km return (however navigation may be difficult, depending on the maintenance done on the track).
Trip Intention Forms can be obtained from the Information Centre for day walks in the Baw Baw National Park. Warm clothing, as well as hats, sunscreen and water are needed as weather conditions can change rapidly.
GAFIA Lodge can also be used as a base for more adventurous walkers planning overnight expeditions.
Day trips from the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village
Other areas of the Mt Baw Baw National Park can be accessed within an hours drive from the village, via the South Face Road. There are picnic areas with tables and toilets at the Mt Erica and Mt St Gwinear Car Parks, Walhalla and at the Silvertop Picnic Area and Dam Wall at the Thomson Reservoir.
- Rawson and Walhalla – Rawson is about 35 km from Mt Baw Baw Village with Walhalla a further 13 km.
- Thomson Dam
- Mt Erica Car Park provides access to the Mushroom Rocks and McMahon’s Bush Hut (5 km return), Mt Erica (8 km return), Mt St Gwinear View Point (about 2.2 km return or a 3.5 km loop).
- Mt St Gwinear Car Park – walk to Mt St Gwinear, taking in views of the Thomson and Aberfeldy Rivers and the Victorian Alps (about 6 km return).
- Mt St Gwinear to Mt Erica. Set up a car shuffle at Mt Erica and Mt St Gwinear Car Parks. Walk from the Mt St Gwinear Car Park to the Mt Erica Car Park via Mt St Gwinear, Mt Erica and the Mushroom Rocks – about 16 km.
- Set up a car shuffle at the Mt Erica or Mt St Gwinear Car Park and walk one way from the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village, before returning by car on the South Face Road.
- Create a round trip by continuing on the Thomson Valley Road from the Mt St Gwinear Road or Mt Erica Road to return to the Mt Baw Baw Village – it is about 70 km from the Mt Erica Car Park to the Village. Alternatively return via the Thomson Valley Road and the South Face Road.