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9 Things To Do At Mount Baw Baw No Matter The Time Of Year

By Ben Tyers - 20 Sep 2018

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To start this off, I want to mention that yes, of course, it is very on-brand for a Melbourne supporter to be writing a guide to things to do at a ski resort, but at least you know what you’re about to get is spot on information.

If you haven’t been before, Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne at just a 2.5 hour drive.

The resort covers 35 hectares, has 25 ski, and snowboard runs, seven lifts, and has a summit height of 1,564m.

The best thing is too, that Mount Baw Baw goes off at any time of year, not just during winter.

So, if you’re keen to get away over winter and hit the slopes, or take in some amazing hikes or bike rides over the warmer months—Mount Baw Baw should absolutely be on your list.

Let’s get into it. Here are nine things to do at Mount Baw Baw all around the year.

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1. Go Skiing

Mount Baw Baw is best known as a destination during winter, and has mainly beginner to intermediate ski runs, all accessible via T-bar and poma lifts—so you don’t have to mess around with a chair lift dismount stack.

It’s a great spot to learn how to downhill ski, cross-country ski, and snowboard given that the runs are a little easier than you’d find at the further afield ski resorts.

Grab some more info on what you’re in for on Mount Baw Baw’s slopes here.

2. Go Bushwalking

Once the snow has melted Mount Baw Baw becomes a hikers dream spot. There are trails both in the alpine resort and also the Mount Baw Baw National Park that range from 30-minute return journeys through to the Mushroom Rocks walk which will take you around 8 hours return.

Get a rundown on all of the walking trails you can hit up here. You can also hire personal locator beacons via Guest Services as well in case you get stuck on your journey.

3. Eat All Of The Delicious Food

Usually, when you’re heading to a remote resort you might be a little hesitant about the food that’s going to be on offer. Luckily that’s not a concern up at Mount Baw Baw.

You’ve got two options in the village itself—the Village Central Restaurant, and the Alpine Hotel and Bistro.

Village Central Restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With views over the valley below, you can tuck into amazing meals featuring locally sourced produce, and even take in a couple of cold beverages after a massive day on the skis.

The Alpine Hotel and Bistro serves meals from 7am until 9pm during winter. The bar has all of your thirst needs covered, and there’s live music on Saturday nights during the winter season.

Find out more about what’s on here.

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4. Hit The Trails WIth The Howling Huskys

From June to August the Howling Huskys call Mount Baw Baw home.

Book a tour with the cheeky bunch and you’ll be hitting the trails at top speed before you know it.

Howling Huskys offer six different types of tours ranging from 30-minutes up to 4-5 hours for their Spirit Of A Sled Dog tour.

Most of the dogs are rescues, and all have different jobs when it comes to pulling the sled. Some lead, some are the powerhouses, and once the dogs hit retirement age they lead the Powder Pup Snowshoe tours rather than be rehomed.

Read more about the Howling Huskys at Mount Baw Baw here.

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5. Meet The Resident Dingoes—Warragul & Rowdy

About 12 months ago we heard the news that a couple of Dingo puppies had moved into the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, and while they’ve grown up a bit—they’re no less cute with age.

Warragul (Gully), and Rowdy are Mount Baw Baw’s resident dingoes, Gully is 100% Alpine Dingo, whereas Rowdy is an Alpine/Desert Dingo cross.

At the Dingo Resource Centre you can meet the friendly residents, and also learn about the critically endangered Baw Baw Frog, Leadbeater’s Possum, and all the other plants and animals that occupy Mount Baw Baw.

“Meet The Dingoes” sessions run throughout the season at nominated times, so keep an eye out for a cheeky pat.

During green season you can head out on Wild Flower Walks also which Rowdy and Warragul can come on if you’re keen. Read about those here.

Find out more about Warragul and Rowdy here.

6. Crash At The Spot On On-Site Accommodation

There are a bunch of options when it comes to staying in the Mount Baw Baw village—all centrally located in the village.

Prices range from $47 per night at the Alpine Backpackers, and head all the way up to $481 per night at the very flash Snowgum Apartment 1 that overlooks the toboggan run.

Accommodation is available all year round, you can check out the full range of options here.

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7. Hit The Mountain Biking Trails

If you feel like getting a hit of adrenaline, you’re going to want to look into the downhill, and cross country mountain biking available at Mount Baw Baw over the warmer months.

The downhill mountain bike track ‘DH1’  has a reputation amongst mountain biker riders around the country as one of the most challenging and exciting runs in Australia. DH1 is open from November until last April each year.

The cross-country trail ranges from grass to raised decking over some of the sensitive areas and cruises past fields of wildflowers, forests of Snow Gums and Mountain Ash, and the view from the Mount Baw Baw summit. There are plenty of rest areas and picnic tables along the trail.

Read more about what you can do on two wheels here.

8. Play Disc Golf

Golf’s been described as the perfect way to ruin a good walk—not the case with Disc Golf.

Mount Baw Baw’s Disc Golf season kicks off on November 24 and plays by similar rules to traditional golf, only you’re using a Frisbee instead of a ball and aiming it at metal baskets instead of holes.

To play Disc Golf is free, you can pick up a scorecard at Guest Services and will need to pay a $20 refundable deposit per disc.

Learn more about Disc Golf and the rules here.

9. Try Your Hand At Some Fly Fishing

This might be one you’ve never tried before. Mount Baw Baw offers guided fly fishing weekends up on the mountain, limited to 2 people per guide.

The cost covers all of your food, accommodation, the guide, transport, and equipment.

Fly Fishing season kicks off mid-November and goes right through until late April.

Read more about it here.

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Image credit: Header image by James Lauritz, all others by Ben Tyers

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