Disc Golf at Mt Baw Baw

The View from hole 1 at Mt Baw Baw

We had the opportunity to visit beautiful Mt Baw Baw this weekend and assist in the re-design of the disc golf course which is open during the green season when the ground is not blanketed with snow.

The original course was very long and challenging, not really suitable for visiting families and novice players, so with the help of course designer extraordinaire, Andrew Ferguson from Recreational Activity Design, we were able to make suggestions for how this course may be made more family friendly.  The proposed  course can easily be adapted for tournament play and it is hoped that some day we may be able to hold an event here.

Teeing off from the proposed tee pad at hole one. Like teeing off from the top of the world.
Teeing off from the proposed tee pad at hole one. Like teeing off from the top of the world.
Proposed basket location for hole one. Look at that view!
Proposed basket location for hole one. Look at that view!
Course Designers at work
Course Designers at work

 Mt Baw Baw has so much to offer.  Located just 120 km east of Melbourne and 50km north of the LaTrobe Valley, it has amazing scenery which alone would make the visit worthwhile.  There is an abundance of native fauna and flora to enjoy, especially in the green season when the wildflowers are in full bloom.  You might even be lucky enough to spot an echida, lyrebird, swamp wallaby. wombat or a Baw Baw frog during your round.  There are also two resident alpine dingos, ‘Warragul’ and ‘Rowdy’.  Evelyn had a great time cuddling these cuties.

Resident dingos, Warragul and Rowdy. When it is dinner time, their howls can be heard all over the resort.
Resident dingos, Warragul and Rowdy. When it is dinner time, their howls can be heard all over the resort.
Evelyn with Warragul and her carer, Amon
Evelyn with Warragul and her carer, Amon.  Warragul is a pure Alpine Dingo
Evelyn with Warragul and her carer, Amon
Evelyn with Warragul and her carer, Amon
Evelyn with Warragul the Alpine Dingo. Just like a big, soft teddy bear. :)
Evelyn with Warragul the Alpine Dingo. Just like a big, soft teddy bear. 🙂

The new course will offer 18 holes (9 baskets) initially with a variety of uphill and downhill holes which are played on either the downhill or cross country ski runs with some traversing.   This allows for a great variety of challenges including wide, open fairways and more challenging tunnels through the beautiful snow gums.  It should be suitable for all abilities.  Go off course however and you may have an adventure locating your disc. 🙂

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Beautiful snowgums.
Beautiful snowgums.
Snowgums and granite boulders
Snowgums and granite boulders. This was the view from our apartment.
“Snowy River” hehe
Try not to lose your disc in this alpine scrub. It can be a bit prickly in there.
Try not to lose your disc in this dense, alpine scrub. It can be a bit prickly in there.
There was still asmall amount of snow laying around. Enough to make a tiny snowman.
There was still a small amount of snow laying around from an nonseasonal fall earlier in the week. Enough to make a tiny snowgirl. She is ‘armless’ though. haha

If you are planning a trip to Mt Baw Baw, whether it be a day trip or a weekend getaway, Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort offers a range of accommodation options from self-contained apartments, premium cabins, traditional lodges with shared facilities and backpacker style bunks. There are options for all budgets and travellers; from families, couples, friends and solo travellers to schools and groups.

There is also a restaurant with fabulous views and great food.  The hot chocolate, bacon and eggs and the fish and chips all received two thumbs up from Evelyn.

Yum! Fish and Chips for lunch at Village Central Restaurant.
Yum! Fish and Chips for lunch at Village Central Restaurant.

There are also some great things to do and see on your way up or down the mountain.  We stopped to visit the spectacular Toorongo Falls and the historic Noojee Trestle Bridge, the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria.

Toorongo Falls
Toorongo Falls
On the walk to Toorongo Falls
On the walk to Toorongo Falls, near Noojee
On the walk to Toorongo Falls, near Noojee. Time to have some fun with the camera and tripod.
On the walk to Toorongo Falls, near Noojee. Time to have some fun with the camera and tripod.
Toorongo Falls Reserve
Toorongo Falls Reserve. So pretty and peaceful

Noojee Trestle Bridge
Noojee Trestle Bridge

On our next trip, we plan to visit  Ada tree, a giant Mountain Ash considered to be one of the largest trees in Victoria and the historic town of Walhalla.

The Mt Baw Baw course will be a great one to add to your Australian disc golf bucket list.  I know we will certainly be back.  The course officially opens on December 22, 2018.  Contact Mt Baw Baw information centre for more details.

 

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