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  • Length: 30km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Village Trail, Baw Baw Village

  • End: Village Trail, Baw Baw Village

  • Closest Town: Tanjil Bren

  • Location: Baw Baw National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 176km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.839013

  • Longitude: 146.265526

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Mt Baw Baw to Mushroom Rocks is a 30km, grade 3 Return hike located in Baw Baw National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Summary

Mt Baw Baw to Mushroom Rocks is a great weekend hike close to Melbourne. If you love the Alpine regions Victoria has to offer, Baw Baw National park is one of the closest alpine parks to Melbourne at around 2.5 hrs drive. This hike offers visitors beautiful alpine flora and fauna as well great plateaus and the physical challenges of a 1500m summit.

This hike starts on the Village Trail. You can take a couple of paths along the up the mountain and towards Phillack Saddle. From there you head South-east along a section of the Australian Alpine Walking Track to Mushroom Rock.

Staying overnight at Mushroom rock (about 800m above sea level) will be warmer than camping on the plateaus and allows you to sleep among some gorgeous boulders and rock formations.

Day 2 will see you turn around and return along the same path, perhaps varying your route slightly with the alternative Village Trail which will have you coming through Baw Baw Village itself.

Getting there

Google Maps or any GPS will easy take you to the main Baw Baw car parks.

Heading east from Melbourne though, most people will follow the Princess Fwy eventually turning off on to Main Neerim Rd and continuing towards Noojee. From there you simply follow the Mt Baw Baw Tourist Rd all the way to the Baw Baw car park.

During winter seasons, you will need to pay a park entry fee.

Tips

Maps can be found on the Parks Victoria Website. I suggest taking the eastern part of the Village Trail as your first leg. The start of the trail is opposite the GAFIA Lodge and begins with a quaint little bridge crossing the Tanjil River (really a alpine creek)

This hike can be done in any season, but please make sure you prepare accordingly. I last did this in October and there was still a nice dusting of snow at higher levels.

Baw Baw has some of the longest and windiest stretches of roads I’ve driven on. Be wary if you have passengers who get car sick.

Details provided by Philip Jiricek

Total distance: 30318 m
Max elevation: 1567 m
Min elevation: 1242 m
Total climbing: 1199 m
Total descent: -1199 m
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Photos by Matthew Kovacs

 

 

23 thoughts on “Mt Baw Baw to Mushroom Rocks (30km)

  1. We are planning on doing this hike. Going up on Friday and leaving on Sunday. Is there someone where can sleep on Friday before we start the hike on Saturday.

    1. Hey Craig. 30km is long even for a moderate hike. This is an alpine hike and you will climb almost 1200m overall. That’s 600m each way so it is not that challenging. I wouldn’t do it with a group but if you had a few fit mates it should be possible. Particularly now that the daylight hours are longer.

    1. HI Stuart, there is meant to be a water source (not permanent) around 140m north of the Mushroom Rocks summit. There are alos a number of gullies that you cross along the way but this time of year (summer) water cannot be guaranteed. I would carry enough with you for the return journey.

        1. I would say there definitely will be water around. The high country has had a lot of rain this week.Have a great hike and would be great if you can comment here later to let everyone know how it went 🙂

  2. Here’s my 2cents:
    1) First time hiker.
    2) Fitness almost non existence.
    3) 65kg body weight carrying about 16kg.
    4) Carried 4litre of water, but ran out of water the last 5km back.
    5) Solo hike. 5.5hours Mt Baw Baw – Mushroom Rocks; 6 hours return back on the same exact route (did not detour to Baw Baw Summit as per website suggestion because leg was jelly).
    6) It was hell. had to stop every few metres up a climb after prolonged walking. That last stretch entering into Mushroom Rocks was torturous, on the way in was steep downhill, foot was hurting mad, on the way back was uphill leg was burning.
    8) Did not die.

  3. Great hike- Thanks Darren! Perfect for beginners who are breaking into the hiking world. Just a few things, the first ~2km’s on the The Village Trail is through some thick shubbery (almost bush bashing) and a bog! Don’t stop becuase you will be bitten by flies. About ~13km’s on the way to Mushroom Rock there is a flowing water source under a wooden bridge (for anyone low on water).

  4. Easy Hike, definitely a Grade 3, but the most confusing part is just getting out of Baw Baw village area and onto the main track!
    If you take the Summit Trail, the total hike to Mushroom Rocks will be 19.3kms, Village/McMillians Trail will be shorter at around 15km.
    The signage is definitely not set-up for hikers, and info/signage along the way is really poor, so despite being physically pretty easy, you’ll constantly be second guessing that you’re going the right way.
    If you can, try and get a good topographical map covering the area, but do not expect to find this at Baw Baw village itself ! The only place I found that sold them was the Post-Office in Neerim South for about $15.

    This is not a hike that is full of beautiful open vistas and sweeping views. For the most part, you’ll be on a track through a gauntlet of trees, with a handful open spaces. I was constantly wondering ‘when am I going to see something!?’ But it never arrived.

    The camp at Mushroom Rocks isn’t anything special, it’s just the goal of getting there. Some people might be cursing themselves that they descended from 1515m down to 1250m, only to do the climb back up the next morning.

    WATER – There is none at Mushroom Rocks, the closest stream is 2.6km prior, by the footbridge at the intersection for Talbot Hut Ruins.
    Alternatively, some people might find the ruins a more convenient campsite than Mushroom Rocks.

    Reminder – if completing this during the official ski season, you’ll need to be carrying chains for your car ($40 for 2 days, rent these in Neerim South when you go to buy your map), and you’ll have to pay park-entry fee for your car too ($45 p/day, $20 for half day).