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  • Length: 15.5km

  • 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

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Mount Baw Baw 3 Peaks is a 15.5km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Baw Baw National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 6hrs to complete.

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 north east beyond Anthill Lookout to the junction of the Village Trail. Turning right, 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 trail is n ow overgrown). Walk a little bit further and take the next trail on your left (the one you were on earlier) 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.

Note, this trail was last updated 25 January 2018 following feedback about an overgrown 1.5km section across the Baragwanath Flats

Total distance: 15264 m
Max elevation: 1567 m
Min elevation: 1456 m
Total climbing: 524 m
Total descent: -525 m
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21 thoughts on “Mount Baw Baw 3 Peaks (15.5km)

  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.

  2. Great run out on the this trail today but a big lesson learned. Always read the comments regarding trail conditions.

    Further to Adam’s comments above that 1.5km section between the village trail across the Baragwanath Flat is now bordering on impassable. With the trail being either covered in thigh deep prickles or waist to chest deep dense shrubs. It wasn’t a fun 45mins getting through this.

    There is a fairly new looking information map at the National Park Junction off the Village trail that I found on the way back to baw baw. This section of trail in not on the map.

    If you are planning on doing this hike I recommend following village trail up and making it an out and back. Give this section of the trail a pass.

  3. Really wish I’d read the comments first. ((This trail needs to be updated!!)) As both Adam and Benn mentioned, that 1.5km section of trail across the Baragwanath Flat no longer exists. My girlfriend and I struggled to get through for 15 minutes, before turning back.

    I highly recommend wearing the proper protective gear in the summer months. We spotted one Eastern Brown snake while hiking. Another local mentioned seeing three Tiger snakes that same afternoon.

    1. Thanks Andrew. I have now updated this trail based on feedback from yourself, Benn and Adam. Please keep in mind that all of the trails on this site have been prepared based on walks I have undertaken. While they may be accurate at the time of publishing the hike, trails can and do change for a variety of reasons, that are beyond my control. Sorry that it has caused an inconvenience to you and others. It is logistically impossible for me to personally keep all information accurate so I rely on comments, such as yours. If you happen to have a gps recording of the actual route you took, that would greatly help to ensure the accuracy of information.