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
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
Well worth a visit, this remote
village is just 48 km from Moe or
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Walhalla 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
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.
• 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!
• 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.
• 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.
VIC Tours • Outback •
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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.
• 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