Robert Blackburn
Victoria
WalhallaStep back in time in this historic and picturesque township nestled deep in Gippsland's scenic Stringers Creek - home to one of Victoria's biggest gold mining booms.
Walhalla, a rich gold producer for 50 years, is a remote and picturesque mountain township and it's hard to imagine a more difficult site for a town than the steep, narrow valley of Stringers Creek as it winds down through the dense forests of the Baws Baws. Yet in its heyday, between 1880 and 1895, more than 4000 people lived there. The town is the start of the 650 km Australian Alps Walking Track to the ACT. But most people come to discover the remnants of a community that defied a forbidding environment in its quest for gold. The best way to see the town is on foot. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
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Walhalla Goldfields Railway
Ride with Walhalla Goldfields Railway through the spectacular Stringers Creek Gorge. As you begin your journey and depart the Walhalla Heritage Precinct, you will travel through the station yard which lies between Stringers Creek and the cliff-face that underpins the Brunton's Bridge Road. After you leave the engine and carriage sheds behind the first kilometre and a half is almost entirely built over six large trestle bridges that criss-cross Stringers Creek Gorge in an effort to find anchorage for each bridge abutment. As the train winds its way downhill you will pass through Happy Creek to begin the second half of your journey. The train journey follows Stringers Creek to where it joins the Thomson River; then you travel across the historic and spectacular Thomson River Bridge to arrive at Thomson Station where you will have time to explore the area before returning to Walhalla. In spring and summer, wildflowers are prevalent throughout the gorge. Catch the breathtaking beauty of the autumn trees in April when they appear to light up sections of the valley. Then in the winter Stringers Creek comes to life with increased water flows which spill over the attractive waterfall. Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.
Explore the Great Walhalla Alpine Trail
Take a hike through some of Australia’s most pristine forest, and explore the country’s gold mining history along the way. Distance: 40 kilometres one-way Duration: Two days, three nights Start: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort Finish: Walhalla Grade: Level Four - Bushwalking experience and a good level of fitness required. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited. Take a peek at the first 40 kilometres of the 680 kilometre Australian Alps Walking Track on a fully guided and catered walk. The hike lasts for two days starting at Mt Baw Baw. Walk through stunning snow gums, tall mountain ash forest, wild rivers, ancient myrtle beech and spectacular fern glades to finish at historic Walhalla.
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