The unique township of Walhalla is settled deep in the heart of the Baw Baw Shire, south eastern Victoria.
finally got to visit this amazing place in early 2014, with the weather
still warm and the summer days still long I was able to explore some of
this quaint little authentic gold town.
Arriving a tad late in the day and not realizing that there was so much to see and do, I managed to get a taste of what this old gold mining town has to share leaving the rest till a later time when I can spend a haunted weekend staying in a sample of what Walhalla accommodation has on offer.
Old Home - Walhalla, Victoria
I'd heard a little about this hidden town but I had no idea I was about to be transported back in time to an amazing and fascinating era filled with so much mystery, adventure and spin chilling ghost stories. Yes, the place is reported to be haunted and I would have to agree, a haunted weekend here is a must to do.
Even in the daylight the feeling that something or someone is watching you is apparent.
The thought of actually spending a haunted weekend becme very appealing as I wandered through the few buildings that remain in the town.
1998 Walhalla became the last mainland town to be connected to a reticulated electricity supply.
Walhalla was once one of Australia's richest towns due to the discovery of Cohen's Reef in 1862. A 3 kilometer vein of gold ran through this wilderness part of the Great Dividing Range.
Originally the town was named Stringers Creek. Over 3,500 residents lived here at this time. Churches, schools, a hospital, sporting clubs and over 50 specialty shops were found scattered throughout the township, a bustling, robust community with all the necessary infrastructure that it required.
Teamsters Deliver Supplies To Walhalla - Circa 1900's
In 1910 the railway arrived however it really was too late as most of the mines had been gutted and the deposits of gold had waned badly, so much so that Walhalla became a virtual Ghost Town overnight.
Walhalla Hospital Carnival - Circa 1900's
The township is situated 180 kilometres south east of Melbourne deep into the heart of the Great Dividing Range.
In the Baw Baw Shire nestled in the steep Stringers Creek valley, Walhalla can be found spread along Stringers Creek.
The main road follows the creek into and through town and ends up at the northern end's camping ground.
The only way to reach Walhalla is by road. Use the M1 Highway and Moe-Walhalla Rd. Check the map below and click through to plan your road trip.
Where To Eat
The Walhalla Lodge Hotel, The Wally Pub, offers delicious counter meals. You can easily find it on the righthand side of the main road right at the entrance to Walhalla.
The shops along the main stretch supply lighter meals or coffee and cake.
There are open BBQ and sheltered picnic areas scattered throughout the township. A great place to stop and perhaps do a little gold panning in Stringers Creek.
The Walhalla Lollie Shoppe is a great place to pick up some novelty old fashioned lollies.
Delicious Counter Meals At The Wally Pub
Where to Stay
The luxury Walhalla Star Hotel is a 4 star mountain retreat with a gold-era atmosphere and modern luxury conveniences.
The Star Hotel - Walhalla
There are cute B&B's, self contained cottages and motel style units such as the ...
Contact: T  5165 6250
Bed And Breakfast At Walhalla Victoria
What To Do
Full of heritage, this little township is packed full of the most amazing things to do anytime of the year day or night.
The amazing Australian pioneering Spirit is portrayed in this book, The Narrow Gauge, on the Victorian Railways narrow gauge lines – their incredibly dramatic routes constructed through amazing terrains.
Because of their appearance, more like toys than transport, these trains became a tourist attraction rather than a mode of permanent transport.
Here 4 such railways are presented in detail along with some amazing photos from by-gone eras.
Walhalla Chimney Place Ruins
Dramatic Shale and Slate Rock Formation
For information the Corner Store and Museum provides everything you might need, maps, brochures and souveniers. it is open 7 days a week.
For more information visit the official website for Walhalla.
Walhalla Corner Store
If there is one place that you must visit and explore it is the Walhalla Post office.
Opened in 1864 and run by the most incredible post mistress, Miss Doreen Hannan, it is filled with the most amazing and nostalgic postal memorabilia.
This long time resident of Walhalla purchased the business in 1948 and continued to run it until 1963. The residence remaines intact within the building complete with some of Miss Hannan's personal belongings. This gives a window into how frugal and special those days were way back then.
Miss Hannan died in 1988 and is buried in the Wallan cemetery.
The picture on the right below is of telecommunication apparatus (this actually works) that is housed in the old Walhalla Post Office Building.
Early Communication - Walhalla
If it's a haunted weekend experience that you would like to enjoy or just day tour Melbourne into some amazing Victorian countryside, then I highly recommend a visit to Walhalla.
Just a 2 and 1/2 hours drive down the Princess Highway and up into the Baw Baw Ranges just has to be one of the best things to do in Melbourne that you can do.
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