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“Waste of time”
Review of Mount Baw Baw

Mount Baw Baw
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the closest DOWNHILL SKI resort to Melbourne & the Mornington Peninsula. Your Mt Baw Baw adventure is only a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne, 1 hour from the heart of Gippsland and just over 3 hours from the Mornington Peninsula. One tank of petrol is all it takes to get here and back from Melbourne! Mt Baw Baw is a year-round resort, catering for snow enthusiasts during the white season and outdoor adventurers, hikers and bike riders during the green season. Given the nature of the terrain & the lift network, Mt Baw Baw snowfields are ideal for the beginner to intermediate snowboarder, downhill & cross country skier during winter. With 30 hectares of groomed runs, seven ski lifts, three snow play areas, 10kms of groomed x-country ski trails and unlimited terrain amongst the snowgums to explore, you will be hard pressed to find a better outdoor venue so close to Melbourne. Mt Baw Baw is a family friendly alpine resort, offering dog sled tours during winter, Kids Club, bungee tramp and family accommodation packages. During the warmer months, Mt Baw Baw comes alive with spectacular wildflowers. The Resorts walking trails link to a wider network of trails within the Baw Baw National Park and also the Great Alpine Walking Trail. The Resort is also home to a national standard downhill mountain bike track which is open during the Green Season. The Village Restaurant is open year round offering delicious food and spectacular views across West Gippsland. The village, with its friendly atmosphere and modern facilities caters for the day tripper and long term visitor. With accommodation, ski hire, food outlets, retail, medical and information centres all within easy walking distance of the car parks, the village is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please dont even think of going to this place. They just make few $$ from you and all you get is disappointment. I went their witj family and with in 15 mins i was so disapponted that we we came back hime. Spend 1 hour extra driving and go to Mt. Buller.

2  Thank amit151
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I drove up here early this season on a Thursday. (Great snow fall in June, great). I had an absolute blast.

My whole experience was of being less impressive and comprehensive than Buller - but that's OK! Baw Baw is a smaller mountain with fewer runs and no chair lifts, (T bars / pomlas), but the runs were well groomed and the staff were super friendly. Considering a lift ticket is $130 for Buller peak season, paying $56 lift ticket for a good days' skiing is awesome. (obviously add in entry fee of around $50 too).

If you can get up to the mountain during the week, (and early in the season if snow fall permits), do it. It's less busy than Buller - and even though the runs aren't as impressive, being able to ski them without a bajillion snow-ploughing noobs in front of you on rented skis ruining your run is worth it. (There may still be some newbies though, same as everywhere..)

The only recommendation I have is not to take the road from Melbourne to Baw Baw via Icy Creek to get there. It's a miracle there aren't more accidents on this road.. (Had a near miss myself). Seriously, save yourself the trouble and if you can, go via Erica instead.

5  Thank Daniel W
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

The prices charged for accommodation, dining, activities and ski hire, places this out of reach of many local families. A two night accommodation package can easily cost about $800, then you still have to pay for snow chains for your vehicle and entry fee per person. Add ski hire and meals and drinks, and you will be lucky to have a bill of less than $1000 for a two night stay, which is even more on the weekend. The accommodation is also very basic in many cases. Mount Baw Baw appears to target more of the international visitor. But what the resort does not realise is that many culturally diverse groups are only coming from Melbourne, and not from overseas. To put things in perspective, a 15 minute ride in a cart pulled by Huskies costs $175, which can be even more than a 20 minute helicopter ride around Melbourne. Also, it doesn’t snow all the time up there, so you could be paying a lot for no or limited snow. They do have a snow-making machine, but this is very limited, as it only creates man-made snow, which covers some smaller areas. Man-made snow is also not real snow, and is somewhat different in texture. None of the staff greeted me whilst I was up there. They waited for me to first greet them. Considering the diversity of visitors, there didn’t seem to have a similar diversity in staff. They need to have staff from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds, which is beneficial and more customer-orientated.

Open day 2018 was very flat and boring, especially due to the fact that there was no natural snow.

5  Thank BLUE-EYED_DUDE
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Drove up with the intention of spending the day and taking a walk. Drive up was not pleasant with insufficient signage and tree debri on the road. Got to a point where there was a container in the middle of the road and a young woman collecting money. No signage on the container and no identification on the young woman. She said we had to pay $56 plus for parking dispite being seniors. She said there was snow but the website said 0 snow. We turned around and left. Website is not clear as to what costs are.

3  Thank 101natalie
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Went to do the 7 Peaks and then ride some of the tracks at the village - very limited signposting and information on riding at the village. Maybe just at the wrong time to go - I will try again

2  Thank eric-sworks
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