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Walhalla - Cities, Towns and Localities
Hidden in a deep valley in the Victorian Alps, Walhalla Historic Township was one of Victoria’s great gold mining towns in the 19th century. From the boom period of the 1880s, it went bust in the early 1900s. During the period of 1863 until 1914, Walhalla was one of the richest gold areas in Australia. At it’s height, there was a population of over 3,000 people, and a town that had 10 hotels, seven churches, several dance halls, a school with more than 500 students and over 30 shops.

Today, the town is home to considerably less permanent residents, but it does attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. This picturesque location combines a bush environment with the colonial style of the gold era, with exotic tress and miners cottages’ lining the street.
 

With no television or mobile phone reception, Walhalla in 1998 became the last town to be connected to electricity in Victoria.

Due to its unique topography in a narrow mountain valley, the townsfolk needed to think vertically, many of the cottages are built on narrow ledges, and the cemetery clings to the side of the mountain at a 45 degree angle.

When the gold ran out in 1914, the township declined rapidly with most of the buildings being pulled down and shipped out to other towns on the nearly opened railway or else just simply abandoned. Any structures that remained were either destroyed by fire or just decayed over the following decades.

It wasn’t until the 1990s when this virtual ghost town saw some of the homes and shops being rebuilt, including the Star Hotel, originally destroyed by fire in 1951, being lovingly reconstructed and reopened as a 4 star accommodation in 1999.

The railway into Walhalla was an engineering masterpiece when built, and today you can ride on the reconstructed Walhalla Goldfields Railway (restored in 1992) from Walhalla to Thomson River. A tour down the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine gives an insight into the lives of the miners as does a stroll  along the main street past the bank rotunda and the fire station spanning Stringers Creek.

Well worth a visit, this remote village is just 48 km from Moe or Traralgon.

Check out our listing of Walhalla accommodation, Latrobe accommodation and and Gippsland accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Latrobe Visitor Information Centre - Traralgon

Central Gippsland Visitor Information Centre

GPS (Walhalla): S 37º 56.642’ E 146º 26.865’

 

MSN Map of Walhalla, Victoria, Australia
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Walhalla Attractions

Walhalla Goldfields RailwayWalhalla Goldfields Railway
A ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway is an unforgettable experience. As the train leaves Thomson Station, it crosses the historic and spectacular Thomson River Bridge and then travels over the winding and rising line towards Walhalla. This journey offers wonderful views of Stringer’s Creek as it meanders down to the Thomson River.

As you pass vertical cliff faces and travel through narrow cuttings you will come to appreciate the effort needed to carve this line through such rugged and challenging country - a truly amazing engineering feat!

Glancing down into Stringer’s Creek Gorge you will notice that much of the line is constructed on a ledge edged by dry stone walls, still serving their purpose nearly one hundred years after placement.
Attractions and Activities
Activities in the area include gold mine tours, 4WD tours, bush walking, heritage walk, snow skiing and activities, Baw Baw National Park, the Fire Station Museum, the historic cemetery and the flora and fauna.
The Star Hotel and the IOOF Hall
The Star Hotel, located at the Junction directly opposite the historic Bank Rotunda, was Walhalla’s most famous gold-era hotel. It was the terminus for the Cobb & Co. Coach that serviced Walhalla until 1910 when the railway finally arrived in town. The Star was always the focal point for Walhalla, as was the IOOF Hall next door. The original Star Hotel and IOOF Hall were destroyed by fire in  December 1951. Rebuilt in 199, as the Walhalla’s Star Hotel, the faithful reconstruction of the original facades of the Star Hotel, IOOF Hall and Collins Livery Stable are now all incorporated into this modern amenities and facilities in luxurious, stylish surroundings.
Walhalla Cemetery
Located south of the township, this unusual cemetery is perched on the side of a steep hill. There are more than 1,100 graves that tell stories of hardship. See if you can find the headstone with a curse!
Bush Walks
Explore the many tracks and trails around Walhalla by foot and at your own pace. Walhalla is also the start of the Australian Alps Walking Track, a 680 km trek to Canberra! For a small taste of the trail, enjoy the first section of the walk from Walhalla to the Poverty Point Bridge some 8 km away, or Thomson Station only 5 km away.
Wildlife
The area is abundant with native fauna including wombats, wallabies, possums, Lyre birds, koalas, echidnas and lace monitors to name just a few.
Baw Baw National Park
Experience the wonders of a Mountain Ash rainforest and native alpine wildflowers on Baw Baw Plateau. In winter, take to the slopes for some snow activities, such as cross country skiing at Mount St Gwinear.
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Walhalla Tours

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Walhalla Goldfields Railway
See above.
Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine
Informative 45 minute tour of an original working gold-mine with local guides. Over 13 tonnes of gold was removed from the Long Tunnel Extended Mine, making it one of the most successful in Australia.
4WD Tours
These tours take you to the forgotten gold sites and abandoned towns around Walhalla.
Gold Panning in Walhalla
Join one of the local identities for a gold mining demonstration and training, then try your luck at finding gold.
 
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