• Length: 8km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Mount St Gwinear car park

  • End: Mount St Gwinear car park

  • Closest Town: Rawson

  • Location: Baw Baw National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 195km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.8403440000

  • Longitude: 146.3318120000

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Mount St Gwinear is a 8km, grade 4 Return hike located in Baw Baw National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Summary

The hike to the summit of Mount St Gwinear in the Baw Baw National Park winds through heathland and snow gum forest from the Mount St Gwinear car park to the 1509m summit. The magnificent views, stretching across the valleys of the Thomson and Aberfeldy Rivers and into the Victorian Alps, are a perfect reward. This hike extends 1km beyond the summit, through Gwinear Flat to a natural granite rock shelter at the junction of the Australian Alpine Walking Trail. This is a great spot to relax for lunch before returning via the same route.

About the region

Mount St Gwinear is a mountain in Victoria, Australia, located at the north-east end of the Baw Baw National Park in the Gippsland high country. It is popular with families looking for a cheap and accessible snow-play/tobogganing destination and cross-country skiers. The Baw Baw Plateau provides an abundance of easy touring terrain. Mount Baw Baw downhill ski village is approximately 9 km away across the Baw Baw plateau to the south-west and trails link the resorts.

Mount St Gwinear is a family friendly snow attraction with free entry which offers toboggan runs, cross country trails, a snowplay area and a heated shelter room. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from a food van on weekends and school holidays.

Snow camping

Dispersed camping is permitted on the Baw Baw Plateau except in the Reference Area Zone and within 20 metres of streams and alpine bogs.

Getting there

Mount St Gwinear is located on Mount St Gwinear Road in the Baw Baw National Park in West Gippsland. The carpark is signposted from the Thomson Valley Road, north of Erica. It is easily accessible from the Latrobe Valley, only 45 minutes from Moe or Traralgon.

Tips

  • Parks facilities
  • Heated shelter room
  • Toilets with disabled facilities
  • Two toboggan runs
  • 12km of cross country trails
  • Professional ski patrol
  • Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available on weekends and school holidays from a food van.
  • No charge to enter the park
  • No charge for car parking

 

Total distance: 7924 m
Max elevation: 1499 m
Min elevation: 1290 m
Total climbing: 322 m
Total descent: -329 m
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