Mount Saint Phillack via Australian Alps Walking Track

8 h, 12 h 30 min to 2 days

24.2 km
return

↑ 1137 m
↓ -1137 m

Hard track
Starting from the Mt Erica Carpark at the end of Mt Erica Road, Baw Baw, this walk leads to the summit of Mount Saint Phillack and back via Australian Alps Walking Track. Located at the northeastern end of the Baw Baw National Park, Mount Saint Phillack is the highest peak in the park, standing at 1,556 metres. This is a true alpine walk as you traverse through beautiful vegetation that includes Mountain Ash, Snow Gum, Silver Wattle and tree ferns. The narrow trail winds its way gradually upwards, passing through a maze of giant granite teors known as the Mushroom Rocks. Upon reaching the summit of Mount Saint Phillack, you are rewarded with magnificent views that stretch out endlessly over the Victorian Alps. You can stay at the various campsites(may be closed) to make this a multi-day walk. At these altitude levels the weather can change very quickly, and it is advised to come prepared with the appropriate equipment. During winter, the area is inundated with snow and becomes a popular skiing spot. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Beech Gully Nature Trail & Australian Alps Walking Track (-37.8925149,146.3553391)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Princes Freeway, M1
  • Turn on to Kosciuszko Street then drive for 950 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Kay Street and drive for another 80 m
  • Turn right onto Grubb Avenue and drive for another 500 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Grey Street, C477 and drive for another 820 m
  • Turn right onto Tyers Road, C481 and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn left onto Glengarry West Road, C103, C481 and drive for another 1.2 km
  • Turn right onto Tyers - Walhalla Road, C481 and drive for another 26.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Knotts Siding Road, C481 and drive for another 600 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Knotts Siding Road, C481 and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Keep right onto Knotts Siding Road, C481 and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Tyers - Thompson Valley Road, C481 and drive for another 7.6 km
  • Turn left onto Mt Erica Road and drive for another 4.4 km
  • Turn right onto Mt Erica Road and drive for another 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Beech Gully Nature Trail & Australian Alps Walking Track Start heading along Australian Alps Walking Track (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 30 m back from the start)., not equiped with Handwashing basin.
There is a picnic table (about 15 m back from the start).
There is a sign (about 10 m back from the start).
After another 1.8 km turn right, to head along Australian Alps Walking Track.
After another 95 m pass the "Mushroom Rocks" (on your left).
After another 120 m pass the "Overhanging Rock" (9 m on your left).
After another 1.8 km pass the "Mount Erica" (15 m on your right).
After another 420 m cross the bridge (about 100 m long)
After another 10 m turn left, to head along Australian Alps Walking Track.
After another 5.5 km cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 610 m come to the camp site (15 m on your right).
After another 630 m continue straight, to head along Australian Alps Walking Track.
After another 30 m come to the "Rock Shelter" (6 m on your right).
Open fires are not allowed.
After another 15 m pass the cave (5 m on your right).
Continue another 880 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 12.1 km to get back to the start.
"Mount Saint Phillack".
About 90 m past the end is a camp site.
This is a free campsite. Open fires are not allowed.
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Terrain
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Mount Saint Phillack via Australian Alps Walking Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 24.2 km
Time 8 h, 12 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 3 on route, on average they are 6 km apart with the largest gap of 12 km.

Toilet: There is one -14 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-14 m[toilet]
Camp site
10.5 km[camp site]
Camp site
11.2 kmRock Shelter
Camp site
12.2 km[camp site]
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