This popular walk along a section of the Australian Alpine Walking Track in the Baw Baw National Park leads to a maze of giant granite tors.
- Nearest Town: Rawson
- Start/Finish: The walk starts and finishes at the Mt Erica car park.
- Distance: 3km return
- Time: Approximately 2 hours
- Effort: Easy to moderate suitable for most fitness levels.
- Be prepared: Only a comfortable pair of shoes is required, and if you’re planning on stopping for a picnic, don’t forget lunch!
- Accessibility: The track is uneven and made of dirt/gravel with some steps.
The drive to the Mushroom Rocks is an inspiring drive, the road is hugged by beautiful native trees and on a sunny day, the sunlight sparkling through the trees makes for a spectacular drive.
Details of Location
As you begin your walk you will find yourself among some wonderful Tree ferns, Silver Wattle, Mountain Ash, Tingaringy Gum and Mountain Ash.
The track is clearly defined and there are no side tracks till you reach Mushroom Rocks. As you head up the track you will find campsites littered amongst the granite tors (so you can always spend the night if you want to!).
Car parking is available,and toilets are located at the beginning of the track.
How to get here
The trip from Melbourne to the Mushroom Rocks is an enjoyable drive and will have you there in around two and a half hours.
Start on the Princes Freeway (M1) and head east. Take the M1 towards Warragul and continue to Moe for the most direct route. (For a great scenic drive, we recommend going through Willow Grove and check out Blue Rock Lake on the way https://goo.gl/maps/V7HL5GBZBVcdWfDg8)
Once you reach the Moe turn off (it’s hard to miss with a large truck stop/McDonalds coming into view as you approach the exit) make your way through the town and head toward Walhalla on the Moe Walhalla Road. Make the most of the scenic drive and enjoy the winding roads, and stunning scenery, you will pass through the beautiful town of Erica.
Past Erica, you will find yourself heading toward Rawson, pass through the town of Rawson and continue along Thomson Valley Road and a final left onto Mt Erica Road until you reach the Mt Erica Carpark.
If you need a map we have you covered – https://goo.gl/maps/p5bQFqtqoyB714cG6
While you’re there be sure to check out –
Located nearby is the beautiful town of Rawson. Rawson is modern, mountain retreat and the perfect getaway location for visitors to explore, experience and enjoy what this unique, diverse and inviting region has to offer.
The township offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. With an abundance of things to do take some time out from everyday life and try your hand at bushwalking, fishing, canoeing, river rafting, bird watching, motorbiking or gold panning.
For those of you who love a nature walk may we also recommend Poverty Point Bridge and Circuit.
Poverty Point Bridge, also known as the Tramway Bridge and the Old Steel Bridge was built in the 1900s to serve the Long Tunnel Mine during the gold rush in Walhalla. At the peak of the gold rush, there were miles and miles of tramways around the mountains leading to the mines in and around Walhalla, these tramways were often used to transport wood to feed the mine furnaces. The line was closed in 1944, and the timber deck was destroyed by fire, in 1976 the bridge’s timber deck and steel were rebuilt. Currently, the bridge is now a pedestrian track and welcomes many visitors each year.
There’s nothing better than a delicious meal after a day exploring. Be spoilt for choice and indulge the foodie within at the local cafes and restaurants.
Rawson is also the perfect place to base yourself for the weekend, whether your heading to the snow or exploring our other incredible natural attractions you are sure to find the perfect place to stay, with options from luxury chalets to deluxe cabins, there is a place for everyone to rest your head. And when the weather is warm, camping is also a popular activity.
We love visitors here in Baw Baw so come and visit us today!