Cycling is basically the next best thing to skiing at any alpine resort, and Baw Baw is no exception. You don’t even have to bring your own bike, they can be hired right here on the mountain! For those who do bring their own bike, washing facilities are available.
Access to Baw Baw’s biking trails is generally limited to December – April each year.
Cross Country Mountain Biking
Cross country mountain biking makes use of the Resort’s trail network and offers a great introduction to mountain biking, and the wet areas of the trail have raised decking to make sure they are accessible at all times during the green season. Guided tours of the Resort are available for a fee.
There is no charge to use the cross country mountain biking areas.
Downhill Mountain Biking
The downhill mountain bike trail runs down the old chairlift run, and descends 300m. It features alternate routes to make the run more accessible to less experienced riders, and there is even a shuttle back to the top to make things even easier on weekends and at other times by arrangement, for those willing to pay.
The Resort is home to a round of the Victorian Downhill Mountain Bike Series, and also able to provide lessons for beginners so long as you book ahead.
Access to the downhill mountain bike run is subject to a small fee.
Not for the faint hearted.
Baw Baw is one of the mountains of the 7 Peaks Challenge, wherein cyclists attempt to climb Mt Baw Baw, Mount Buffalo, Mt Buller, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Hotham, and Lake Mountain in a single summer.
With an elevation gain of 780m and an average gradient of 11.3% (reaching a ludicrous 20.6% at Winch Corner) the ascent of Mt Baw Baw has been rated as a Hors catégorie climb, and is widely considered the toughest mountain in Australia.
Naturally, there’s a race up it each April, the Baw Baw Classic.