Gardiners Mill Track (Mount Worth State Park)

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.

Gardiner’s Mill Track is an extension of the Giant’s Circuit and allows you to take the time to take in more of the beauty Mount Worth State Park has to offer. The track is hugged with lush ferns and greenery, and as you look up to be amazed by the Mountain Ash towering above you.

Quick Facts

  • 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: 3.3kms
  • Time: Approximately 1.5 hours, depending on your fitness level
  • Effort: Easy, suitable for all fitness levels
  • 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.
  • Pets: To keep the park beautiful dogs and other pets are not permitted

Getting started

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.

Gardiner’s Mill Circuit

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!

Gardiner’s Mill Circuit takes you through the regenerating Mountain Ash forest and along the tree-lined Clark Creek. An extension of the Giant Circuit, Gardiner’s Mill Circuit is approximately 3.3kms long, and a beautiful walk, perfect to enjoy solo or with friends.

The Mount Worth State forest is home to a variety of native animals such as wombats, possums, birds, platypus and other small animals – if you’re lucky you may even get a sighting! We recommend dusk or dawn as your best chance of crossing paths with one of the locals.


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.

Closely located is the shopping village of Yarragon, the perfect spot to enjoy a long lunch, browse the shops filled with unique, beautiful and vintage pieces. It is the ultimate place to discover Yarragon’s rich culture and arts community.

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.

Still after more information?

Check out – Parks Victoria Mount Worth State Park

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