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Mount St Gwinear in Winter

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Queen's Birthday weekend snow on the main tra
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Snow at Mount St Gwinear
from Parks Victoria
 

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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.

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Park hours

Parks Victoria’s office at Mt St Gwinear will be staffed 7 days a week depending on snow conditions. When snow activities are available the office will open 10am-3pm weekdays and 9am-3pm weekends.

Getting here

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.

  • No charge to enter the park
  • No charge for car parking

Things to see and do

Tobogganing

There are two toboggan runs.  The hire of toboggans can be made at Parks Victoria's office on site for a cost of $4 per hour with a $10 refundable deposit. Additional hours will be taken out of the deposit. Cash only.

If you intend to bring your own toboggan, remember that only plastic moulded toboggans are allowed on the runs.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is permitted on the ski trail network. Snow shoes are either BYO or hire from suppliers. There is a short Winter Walking Track leading to a lookout that starts at the St Gwinear carpark and extends approximately 600m (1.2km return).

Cross country skiing

Mount St Gwinear, located on the Baw Baw Plateau, offers 12km of cross country trails, with the first Main Trail departing from the Mount St Gwinear car park.  There is a loop that visitors can undertake accessing 5 trails. These trails are called Cascades Trail, Saints Trail, Tullicoutty Trail and Gwinear Trail. There is an access point on the Saints Trail at Phillack Saddle to link onto a cross country ski trail (Tanjil) for those accessing the Baw Baw Resort Alpine Village.

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.

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.

St Gwinear Ski Patrol

The St Gwinear Ski Patrol is a volunteer organisation affiliated with the Australian Ski Patrol Association that provides an advanced level of first aid and emergency response capability for visitors to Mount St Gwinear during the snow season.

Ski Patrol volunteers operate closely with Parks Victoria staff and operate every weekend of the ski season when conditions permit. Their activities include staffing the first aid room at the St Gwinear visitor area, assisting with search & rescue operations and conducting ski patrols on the network of cross-country trails within the Baw Baw National Park.

If you are interested in finding out more, or volunteering with the Ski Patrol, visit their Facebook page

  

Be prepared and stay safe

What to bring

  • We recommend you wear protective glasses or sunglasses as the conditions can be quite glary.
  • Wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing and footwear
  • Apply sunscreen to protect yourself from sun glare and/or windburn.
  • Bring water to keep hydrated
  • Limited food and beverages will be available for purchase on weekends and daily during school holidays

Vehicle Chains

The Mount St Gwinear Road is a declared hazardous road during winter (bus drivers require an appropriate licence). Snow chains must be carried during the declared ski season and fitted when and where directed.

Chains can be hired from a number of outlets from Rawson and Erica which are the last townships before Mount St Gwinear

Chain fitting directions

Safe Snow Driving Tips