Mt Baw Baw is the closest downhill skiing to Melbourne. It is about 2 hours drive, 160Km ENE of Melbourne. Mt Baw Baw is just over 1500m high, and is roughly centre south of the Baw Baw plateau. At the eastern end is Mt. Erica. and to the north is Mt. St. Gwinear, a comfortable XC day trip away from Mt Baw Baw.
Mt Baw Baw is great for beginners, families, and is a day trip from Melbourne or Gippsland/Latrobe Valley. Views south to the Strzelecki Ranges and the smog of the Latrobe Valley power stations, north towards Mt. Buffalo.
How to get there:
There are a few ways to get to Mt Baw Baw so here are a few simple directions:
- It is 160 km via Lilydale and the Powelltown Road (part gravel)
- 180Km (but sealed, about the same time) via Princes Hwy via Robin Hood and then Neerim South.
- From Central or East Gippsland, go via Moe or Trafalgar to Willow Grove (a approximately 80Km from Princes Hwy) or from West Gippsland via Warragul or Robin Hood (Drouin West) through Neerim South (~90Km)
- If coming through Willow Grove, road is fully sealed from Hill End to Pennyweight Creek (junction with Noojee - Icy Creek Road).
- June 2008 saw the opening of South Face Road for those approaching from Latrobe Valley or further east. Travel through Moe to Erica, or through Traralgon to Tyers and Rawson on the Thomson Dam road, as for Mt St Gwinear.
Just above the Rawson Junction there is a new gravel road on your left signposted South Face Road. Following this will bring you to Neulyne's Mill where the Baw Baw ticket office has been relocated.
There is a fee to enter the Mt Baw Baw National Park so you’ll have to stop at the ticket collection box now relocated to Neulyne's Mill (new road junction) about 3Km from the summit.
The resort opens on the Queens Birthday weekend (early June) and closes around mid-September. If watching the weather forecasts it is handy to note that Baw Baw often gets snow first when the cold fronts hit, as the southernmost mainland resort, but it rarely gets over a metre depth, typically 20-30cm max and a week of good weather (or rain) sees it melt away due to the lower altitude. Check Victorian school holidays for busy times.
Good beginners' and intermediate trails cut around the village. Marked trail(s) to Mt St. Gwinear and there is scope for off-track touring and snow camping.