Don’t rely on your GPS on the South Face Road

South Face Road is a mountain road located in Victoria, Australia, climbing up to Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, at an elevation of 1.478m (4,849ft) above sea level.

South Face Road

How long is the South Face Road to Mount Baw Baw Resort?

Tucked away in the southeastern part of the country, the road to the resort is 30.3km (18.82 miles) long, starting at Thomson Valley Road, to the north of Rawson.

Is the South Face Road to Mount Baw Baw Resort unpaved?

Set high in the Great Dividing Range, the road to the resort is totally unpaved. It is a beautiful drive through the National Park then up narrow and windy roads to Mt Baw Baw. The road is not so curvy, for those who don’t like the windy roads. It is wider and less windy than Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road, the other access road to Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort. Those who suffer from travel sickness prefer South Face Road. It’s preferable in bad weather due to even gradient and easy turns compared with the Tourist Road.

Is the South Face Road to Mount Baw Baw Resort challenging?

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps and it’s one of the toughest climbs accessible by road bicycles in Australia. Make sure you plan where you will fill up your fuel tank before heading up the mountain: do it before heading up to Mt Baw Baw. Fuel is not available on the mountain. Don’t rely on your GPS! Some GPS systems don’t work well in the region. During both summer and winter logging trucks are present on the road, so please slow down and be cautious when approaching intersections and corners.

How’s driving to Mount Baw Baw Resort in winters?

Be prepared for all conditions as the weather can change rapidly in the Alps. Extra care and planning are necessary in the winter months as this road is subject to snow. Avoid driving up in bad weather, ensure you have warm, waterproof clothing and footwear and a tube of sunscreen. Chains must be carried during the declared snow season. Don’t forget to add anti-freeze to diesel fuel. Erica is your last stop for chains. Call ahead for opening times.