Mt Baw Baw Accommodated Trip: Labour Day Weekend
This is an accommodated trip staying at the Edski Lodge at Mt Baw Baw for 3 nights during the Labour Day weekend. There will be 2 full day and a half day walk at various locations in the surrounding area.
Accommodation is at the Ed Ski lodge (29 Tingaringy Crescent, Baw Baw Village, Vic, 3833). It has 10 rooms, full kitchen & common bathroom. The lounge includes a billiard table, books, TV, and games. There is also an outside deck.
The rooms have a variable configuration but generally consisting of a mix of single beds, single bunk beds, and some double beds, with a maximum occupancy of 2-6. However, a maximum of 2 people will be assigned to each room (except with consent of those concerned).
Note that only a mattress is supplied – you will need to bring all your own bedding. This includes towel, pillow, pillowcase, and blankets/sheets/doona/sleeping bag as desired.
Itinerary and Walk Descriptions
There will be 2 full day and one half-day walk. Please be ready to depart 9am.
Day 1: Mt. Erica car park to Mt. Baw Baw via Mushroom Rocks and Mt. Erica (16km).
Starts from the Mt. Erica car park and follows the AAWT via the Talbot Hut ruins, Mt Erica and Mushroom Rocks to the Mt. Baw Baw village. [Requires car shuffle.]
Day 2: Erica weir – O’Sheas Mill (13km cct)
This walk follows a vehicular track through the forest to Erica weir which supplies the township of Erica. There will a river crossing and a short 300m offtrack section through thick bush to the AAWT, which is followed downhill to the former site of O’Sheas Mill (lunch) and eventually returning to the start. [Option to avoid the ‘off track’ section is to return the same way.]
Day 3: Thompson Station<->Horse Bend (approx 10km)
This follows the former train line (now used for a tourist train service) to Horseshoe Bend. This is a tunnel created to divert the river flow to permit alluvial gold mining. The area was deforested for gold mining but is now heavily reforested.
Transport to and from the walk location is by car. Please indicate your transport requirements and preferences on the booking request form when you book in.
If you don’t have a car, we can’t guarantee to provide you with a lift – this will depend on available drivers and their locations.
Drivers can choose whether they wish to take passengers or not.
Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please discuss the preferred method of payment with your driver.
There will also be car pooling costs (possibly to a different driver) for the day walks so please bring gold coins & small notes.
Booking is required for this walk. Please indicate what similar walks you have done recently (i.e. in the past few months) to give the leader confidence that you are capable of doing this one. Refer to Walking Grades which, in conjunction with the walk description, will help you assess whether you have the required walking fitness and experience to do this walk.
The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email. The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.
Members: $75 + Booking fee (nil) = $75 Total.
Non-members: $85 + Booking fee ($10) = $85 Total.
All trip fees must be prepaid. Payment by Paypal or card is the quickest method, but if you choose to pay by EFT please follow the instruction to email the Treasurer with your payment details.
If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.
If you have made your payment but need to cancel, we will only provide you with a refund if we can find a replacement for you.
What to Bring
• All the equipment, clothing, food and water you will need for the walks and overnight stays (refer Trip details above):
- Only a mattress is supplied at the lodge so bring all your bedding, towel, etc.
- This is an alpine area to bring appropriate clothing for potentially cold and wet weather.
- There is only a small general store in Mt Baw Baw so bring all required supplies. There will be a group booking at the restaurant for the Sunday night dinner (TBC).
- Gold coins/small notes for car pooling costs for the day walks.
• To help manage the Covid risk, the following is useful: Hand Sanitiser, Face Mask(s), RAT test(s).
Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details, or discuss with the leader. If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.
We need to follow all state government requirements regarding COVID-19 as explained here: Coronavirus Victoria: How we live
- You should not be attending this walk if you are Covid-19 positive and/or are required to be in quarantine or isolation.
- If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should get tested and follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.
- If you are a Household Contact (Close Contact) or a Social or Workplace Contact, you must follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.
Check out our Covid-19 status.
Safety and Ambulance Insurance
We strongly recommend that you have Ambulance cover. For more details refer to: Joining a walk and your safety
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March 10, 2023 9:00 pm
March 13, 2023 2:00 pm