Erica is the gateway to the Walhalla and Mountain Rivers region and a destination in its own right. The town is popular with those who enjoy nature and offers an abundance of 4WDing, camping, bushwalking, mountain biking, and much more. In a town like Erica, you can enjoy the peace, beauty, and tranquillity combined with activities to satisfy every adventurer.
Located 135kms east of Melbourne, the drive takes you through our region allowing you to immerse yourself in its beauty, and once you arrive in Erica treat yourself, with magnificent view across to Mt Erica and the Baw Baw Ranges from the main Erica to Rawson Road.
The town was established in the early 1900s to support the ever-growing timber needs of Walhalla’s gold mining industry. In the 1920s Erica became the centre of a thriving timber industry, you can still experience this history today.
The town is surrounded by three National Parks – Moondarra, Tyers and Baw Baw. The offerings surrounding the town include;
- Trail riding (horse and motorcycle)
- 4WDing; and
- Mountain biking
The Erica Mountain Bike Park is perfect for all thrill seekers. Home to Gippsland’s premier cross-country mountain bike trails, it offers a range of tracks from easy through to extremely difficult there is a something for everyone.
And for those who prefer to walk and hike, Mushroom Rocks is spectacular. Mushroom Rocks makes up a section of the Alpine Walking Track, leading you through a maze of giant granite tors – also a great spot for photographers!
In winter the area draws many visitors to the snowfields on Mt St Gwinear and Mt Baw Baw. Mt Baw Baw is perfect for adventure seekers of all ages to enjoy the action on offer at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, with multiple terrain parks, downhill ski runs, snowboarding and plenty of space to indulge in a little snow play or tobogganing.
And don’t think that Mt Baw Baw is only for winter lovers, in the green season escape to the mountain and take a leisurely walk amongst the wildflowers or pack your bikes and embark on a mountain biking adventure! For the less adventurous, sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views. At the end of the day, soak in the Rock Spa Pool and then take in sunsets that are breathtaking, and unique to Mt Baw Baw. Base yourself in Erica and enjoy all the pleasures of Mt Baw Baw during the day and experience country hospitality as the sun goes down.
After a day exploring the great outdoors, a delicious meal is in order and Erica is home to a few amazing places to treat yourself to a meal. The Erica Hotel Motel has a bar and bistro and is renowned for fantastic meals. It also features a historical display of the town’s proud timber heritage. Or try the 1914 Cafe and Bar which depicts the history of this small town in its own unique way. The ambience at 1914 Cafe and Bar has been described as beautiful, and from within waft the aromas of delicious homemade fresh food.
So next time you’re looking for that perfect place to spend your holidays, or make the most of our snow-capped mountains, set yourself up in Erica, there are plenty of places to stay. A popular choice for travelers is the Erica Caravan Park, with welcoming hosts who offer wonderful hospitality, they have transformed the park to provide a level of comfort to their visitors to make it a truly memorable holiday.
And something important to remember when planning your trip, Yarragon or Moe is the last stop for fuel on your way to the Mountain Rivers Region so take the chance to stock up while you can.
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We love visitors here in Baw Baw so come and visit us today!