Mount Worth State Park protects a remnant of the forests that once covered the western Strzelecki Ranges. It is a stunning, peaceful location and one of Baw Baw’s greatest hidden gems.
Tall, wet forests of Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum and Blackwood grow on the hills and slopes, and tree ferns flourish in sheltered gullies, offering every visitor the opportunity to experience them up close with several the walks throughout the park. You may see one of our local lyrebird friends scratching amongst the leaf litter or discover relics of the timber industry that operated on the slopes around Mount Worth in the 1920s.
- Nearest Town: Darnum
- Start/Finish: You will find the start of the park (Moonlight Creek Picnic Area) at the end of Allambee Estate Road, Seaview
- Distance: All depends on the track you choose to take! Keep reading to find out more information on the perfect track for you
- Time: Anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, longer if you want to stop for lunch or photograph the stunning surroundings
- Effort: Most tracks in Mount Worth State Park range from easy to moderate, with Moonlight Circuit recommended for more experienced walkers
- Be prepared: Bring some food to enjoy a picnic, remember water to keep you hydrated and comfortable shoes to keep you going
- Accessibility: Portions of the tracks are narrow and have limited accessibility. Maslins Mill is suitable for people with limited mobility.
- Pets: To keep the park beautiful dogs and other pets are not permitted.
Once you leave the M1 the road to Mount Worth State Park passes through the charming town of Darnum. Leaving the town, you are greeting with stunning views of the rolling green hills this region is famous for and a glimpse into some of the dairy and beef farms that make up some of the incredible produce and paddock to plate experiences Baw Baw is known for.
As you get closer to Mount Worth the windy roads are hugged with tall gumtrees and native vegetation. As the road surfaces changes to gravel, you know you are getting close to enjoying the peace that the stunning Mount Worth State Park can bring.
Mount Worth State Park
Mount Worth State Park is an undiscovered piece of natural paradise. Walking around taking in the surrounds of Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum and Blackwood with tree ferns flourishing in the sheltered gullies is a perfect way to spend your day – and a great spot for a picnic!
There are a number of walks in this park of varying levels of difficulty, including the popular Giant’s Circuit walk, which follows a timber tramway through Mountain Ash Forest and fern-filled gullies. This lovely walk includes the impressive Standing Giant, a huge Mountain Ash with a girth of 14 metres and is probably 300 years old.
Continuing along Giant’s Circuit Walk is Gardiners Mill Track and takes you through regenerating Mountain Ash forest and along the tree fern lined Clark Creek.
The Waterfall-Bower Circuit is a fantastic track for the more experienced walker, featuring a small waterfall at the midway point and the grassy flats and tree ferns at Moonlight Creek provide a delightful setting for a picnic.
The Moonlight Circuit is a great track for more experienced walkers, starting from Moonlight Creek Picnic Area, takes in a gorgeous section of the parks cool temperate rainforests and follows a trickling mountain stream through lush fern gullies, to the sites of old timber mills.
For those with limited mobility or prefer to do less walking and more relaxing with a picnic Maslin’s Mill site is the perfect spot. Commencing at the far end of the Moonlight Creek picnic area this track meanders through a forest of Mountain Ash and Blackwood to Maslins’s Mill site.
And for those who enjoy bird (or animal!) watching, there are plenty of native animals to look out for. Birdlife is abundant within the park, with Lyrebirds scratching amongst the leaf litter and the forest canopy providing nesting areas for many birds.
Sheltered picnic tables, fireplaces and toilets are provided at Moonlight Creek.
How to get here
The drive from Melbourne CBD takes around 1 hr and 40 minutes – and once you leave Melbourne there are no traffic lights! Take the M1 towards Yarragon, and take the Darnum exit, once you head through the charming town of Darnum you will take a right onto Darnum-Allambee Road.
Continue to follow the road along, and then a slight left onto McDonalds Track, and ending your journey along Allambee Estate Road, which will lead you straight to the Moonlight Creek Picnic Area. As you approach the park the roads can be narrow and winding with gravel surfaces so be sure to take your time.
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While you’re there be sure to check out
Spend the night: There are plenty of stunning accommodation options to spend the night in a B&B, or if you are chasing a more luxurious feel stay at the Mercure in Warragul, located just 30 minutes from Mount Worth. Warragul is not only home to Baw Baw’s retail and commercial precinct, but it also has a number of fantastic cafes and restaurants (with amazing coffee!) to satisfy any hunger craving, no matter the time of the day.
Baw Baw is also home to many other experiences that can inspire and engage all your senses. For those of you who want to treat your tastebuds, we have incredible dining options to offer you an authentic paddock to plate experience, and an abundance of local wineries that produce some of Victoria’s best wines.
A vibrant arts community will also welcome you into their studios in Baw Baw and allow you to experience every step of the creative process that transforms a piece of art, into a feeling. Meet the artist, see the passion and take some of their passion home to be enjoyed for years to come.
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