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  • Length: 16km

  • Duration: 6hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Carpark No 1

  • End: Carpark No 1

  • Closest Town: Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort

  • Location: Baw Baw National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 175km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.8396018600

  • Longitude: 146.2631374600

Summary

Commencing in the heart of Baw Baw’s Alpine Village the Mount Baw Baw 3 Peaks Circuit traverses some of the most scenic alpine terrain as you hike amongst the snow gums and enjoy magnificent valley views which stretch out endlessly over Gippsland.

From the carpark follow the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road to the Information Centre. You will need to locate the Baw Baw Village Trail as it heads south from this point. Continue along the La Trobe Trail and follow this east until it intersects with the Village and Summit Trails. The Village Trail will take you across Long Plain so you will want to keep left at this point and follow the Summit Trail as it winds it way to the summit of Mount Baw Baw (1564m).

From the summit, follow the trail north west and keep an eye out on your right for a link track leading to McMillans Trail. Follow McMillans Trail wets beyond Anthill Lookout to the junction of the Village Trail. Turning left, head north and walk to National Park Junction where you will find the trail leading to Mount Saint Gwinear. Turn tight and follow this trail to the junction of the Australian Alpine Walking Track. Turning right again, head south east over the summit of Mount Saint Phillak (1556m) and keep walking until you locate the Mount Saint Gwinear track on your left. This track will take you to the Mount Saint Gwinear summit (1509m).

From the summit, continue to walk east for approximately 1km until you locate a trail on your left. Follow this trail as it returns west below the summit and returns you to the Australian Alpine Walking Track. Retrace your steps north along the Australian Alpine Walking Track for around 1.2km but ignore the first trail on your left (this is the trail you started on). Walk a little bit further and take the next trail on your left which will return you to the Village Trail. The trail now heads west and continues to the Five Ways junction. At the junction locate Muellers Track on your right and follow this along its length back to the Alpine Village and your start point.

Getting There

The turn off from the Princes Hwy (M1) is at the Drouin / Mt Baw Baw exit. Continue along via Noojee along the Main Neerim Rd (C426), Follow this road through Noojee where it will then follow into the Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road (C426). Travel through Icy Creek and Tanjil Bren before reaching the resort gates then continue to Car Park No 1. Last major fuel stops is at Longwarry (before you exit the Hwy)

Tips

It is recommended to hike this circuit during non-winter months only as some of the trails traverse ski runs.

This hike can also be started at the Mount Saint Gwinear Carpark, east of Mount Saint Gwinear. Following the circuit from here allows you to stop at the Baw Baw Village for lunch.

 

Total distance: 15978 m
Max elevation: 1567 m
Min elevation: 1456 m
Total climbing: 542 m
Total descent: -543 m
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17 thoughts on “Mount Baw Baw 3 Peaks (16km)

  1. After completing this hike on the weekend, I think it’s worth mentioning that the 1.5km section linking the Village Trail to the Australian Alpine Walking Track across Baragwanath Flat has not been maintained and is now very overgrown. In many places along this section, the trail has all but disappeared which makes navigating this section very slow and challenging. It also requires a lot of ‘bush-bashing’ through thick prickly scrub which is not enjoyable. Especially if there has been recent rain! I would suggest taking the more northerly route (from National Park junction) across this section in both directions as that trail is very good.