About Mount Baw Baw
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Mount Baw Baw: The Closest Snow to the City
Mount Baw Baw is the closest ski resort to Melbourne. The alpine village is small and easy to get around, which adds to the charm of the year-round retreat. In the winter, visitors can hit the slopes, with many options for beginners as well as more advanced skiers. On top of skiing and snowboarding, there are husky-sled rides, snowshoe tours and hills for tobogganing.
In the summer, Mount Baw Baw is a hub for mountain biking and bushwalking. No matter the season, there are outdoor activities for travellers of all ages. Holiday rentals in Mount Baw Baw range from traditional ski chalets to modern apartments.
Snow Sports in Mount Baw Baw
Mount Baw Bawâs ski resort boasts over 30 km of downhill slopes and 10 km of cross-country tracks. Most slopes are located within 100 m of the village, so you wonât have to go far to hit the snow. The slopes at Mount Baw Baw are quite gentle, which are great for beginners.
On top of skiing, Mount Baw Baw is a popular snowboarding destination. While youâre here, join a variety of winter sports tours, such as snowshoe escapades with experienced guides.
Even in the summer, visitors can learn to ski or snowboard on Mount Baw Bawâs dry slopes! There are lessons for all ages, with private and group classes available. Rent all the gear you need on site.
Mount Baw Baw Walking, Running and Hiking
Mount Baw Baw is set within a national park of the same name. Endless bushwalking opportunities await, with many trails starting close to the alpine village. Discover the surrounds at a leisurely pace along the La Trobe or Beech Trails, the latter leading to a spacious picnic area.
More advanced hikers can take on the Summit Trail. For full-day expeditions, opt for the track to the Mushroom Rocks, giant granite formations shaped like mushrooms. As you hike, stay on the lookout for wallabies and many native bird species.
Mt Baw Baw also has trails suitable to alpine runners, with events and competitions throughout the summer. The Baw Baw Trail Run Festival occurs each year in March.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Mount Baw Baw has become a hub for mountain bikers around Australia. Advanced riders can undertake the challenging ride up to the village. This is one of the toughest tracks in the country, steeper even than many Tour de France climbs!
When it comes to downhill mountain biking, cyclist have access to a designated track on the western side of Mount Baw Baw. As of this season, there are shuttles which bring riders back up to the summit.
While in the area, visitors can sign up for mountain biking lessons, with classes for beginners, intermediate and experienced riders.
Mount Baw Baw for Families
There are plenty of activities for families in Mount Baw Baw, winter or summer. In the colder months, kids can choose from three snow play areas, with hills for tobogganing and sledding. If the little ones want to learn to ski or snowboard, they can sign up for lessons catering especially to them.
Husky sled tours provide entertainment for the whole family. Discover the village and snowy surrounds as you are ferried away in a husky-drawn sleigh. In the summer, families can enjoy some of the easier walking trails, or play a game of disk golf amidst mountain scenery.
Getting to Mount Baw Baw
If youâre arriving from Melbourne, you can drive to Mount Baw Baw in 2.5 hours. Once in the village, you wonât need a car to access the slopes or some of the closer walks.