WALHALLA GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY
This unique narrow gauge train offers a spectacular journey as it winds its way down Stringer’s Creek Gorge from Walhalla, over the historic Thomson River Bridge and into Thomson Station. A group of enthusiastic volunteers have rebuilt the railway line from the Thomson River to Walhalla with further plans to extend it all the way to Erica.
The Train operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, public and school holidays, leaving Walhalla at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (June – August no 3pm train). Return fares are $20 per adult and $15 for kids.
LONG TUNNEL EXTENDED MINE TOUR
This was once one of the world’s richest gold mines and over 13 tonnes was removed from this mine making it one of the most successful in Australia. Today you can venture deep inside the hillside on a 45 minute guided tour.
Family (2 adults and up to 6 children): $49.50.
Concession and children under 16: $15.00
Guided tours are run every day of the year, Monday to Friday 1.30pm, Weekend, Public Holidays and School Holidays, 12 noon, 1.30 and 3 o’clock. Includes Mine Museum and Blacksmith’s Shop. Ring the Mine Office to make your booking.
(03) 5165 6259
Bring along your gold pan and try your luck in Stringer’s Creek which runs through the town. They’re still mining for gold in Walhalla and there must be loads more gold still around, so why not give it a go.
There are plenty of good walks to do in and around Walhalla.
First and foremost is the Australian Alpine Walking Track which starts right here in Walhalla and goes all the way to Canberra! (650 km to ACT). You can do a shorter section of this on a 40km, 2 day 3 night fully guided and catered walk from Mt Baw Baw to Walhalla. Check for details in the publication by John and Lyn Daly – “Take a Walk in Kosciuszko National Park”.
Shorter and easier walks are numerous around the area, but one not to miss is along the old tram track, a picturesque walk overlooking the town on what was once a rail line taking timber to the mines. This gives you breathtaking views of the town and there are steep access paths opposite the hotel, the General Store, at the band Rotunda, the mine and at the North Gardens Camping Ground. For the non climbers you can drive up to the mine and it is a flat walk from there. You can walk this all the way to Thomson Station, though the last section is a steep downhill walk (approximately 6 kms). You can then catch the train back to Walhalla if you’ve timed it right. (Adults $15 one way).
WALHALLA CRICKET GROUND
If you are still keen, another well known trek is up to the Cricket Ground. It begins opposite Spetts Cottage, on the right hand side of the road between the Star Hotel and the Long Tunnel Mine. It is a steep 45 minute walk, but worth it to see the ground which was carved out of the top of the hill when flat land was at a premium.
Wander along Stringer’s Creek, or take the more energetic track to old Maidentown and hunt for relics from last century. Take the train to Thomson Station and do the 6 kilometre return walk which ends up skirting the town on the old tramway line. A little further afield is the beautiful walk to Mushroom Rocks, a fascinating geological formation.
Get out your bikes and ride the Rail Trail from Thomson Station to Erica, or try some of the many bush paths and 4WD tracks. There’s plenty of wildlife to see such as wallabies, kookaburras, lyrebirds and black cockatoos, not to mention snakes so do take care. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful vegetation including tree ferns, mountain ash and native orchids.
In Winter, the snow fields of Mt St Gwinear are just half an hour away with excellent snow for sightseeing, tobogganning, cross country skiing or snow shoeing. The slopes are not at all crowded so it is a great place for beginners or small children to get their first taste of the Victorian snowfields. Slopes are patrolled and there is a heated shelter for day trippers. Equipment is available for hire from Erica just 20 minutes away.
Alternatively, for downhill skiing the South Face Road gives easy access to the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. Be on the ski slopes in just one hour. The road is 45k, sealed the first half, gravel the second half but no 4WD required. There is a kids’ toboggan run with toboggans for hire, and a range of ski slopes to suit all levels of skier. Food, drink and souvenirs are available at the Resort. Ski gear is also available for hire at Mt Baw Baw or Erica. Always carry snow chains or you may be refused entry. These are also available for hire from Erica Ski Hire.
There is great fishing to be done in the upper reaches of the nearby Thomson River, while enjoying the region’s beauty and solitude. Fly fishing for trout will challenge the most ardent angler.
There is safe swimming in the waterhole on Stringer’s Creek, just a short walk up the road towards town. You can also take a 15 minute drive to Coopers Creek where there is good swimming with a waterhole and swing rope, mini rapids to go down on with the lilo, and some great exploring to be done up the river.
CORNER STORE, MUSEUM, GIFT SHOP, INFORMATION CENTRE & POST OFFICE
Open 7 days a week, 10 -4, and run by the Walhalla Heritage and Development League, a group of like minded members who share a love of Walhalla and look after it. The Corner Store and Museum has many and varied souvenirs to remind you of your time in Walhalla and is well worth a look through. Call them for information on day tours and activities in and around Walhalla, including bookings for the Ghost Tour.
(03) 5165 6250
WALHALLA GHOST TOURS
Discover one of Australia’s creepiest Ghost Tours located in an actual Ghost Town.
Join us for the ultimate paranormal experience at night, hearing the many terrible tales of past souls from this isolated gold field region.
Walhalla Ghost Tours, held in the historic township is very proud of it’s long-forgotten history, filled with bizarre, mysterious and often tragic stories.
You will be given an opportunity to uncover the hidden secrets of Walhalla is on a famously heart-pounding Ghost Tour, operated by the Walhalla Heritage & Development League.
Walhalla Ghost Tours provide a fascinating insight into the long-forgotten gold-rush town’s past, told through recounting a number of spine-tingling tales, whilst standing on the actual site of some of the spookiest tragedies!
Tours are held every Saturday night, starting at 7.30 during Daylight Savings, and 8.30 p.m all other Saturday nights. Bookings are essential.
Extra tours on holidays and Halloween, or by appointment. Adults $25, children $18.
(03) 5165 6250
GOLD ERA SHOPS AND DINING
If you have a sweet tooth don’t miss the Simply Walhalla Lolly Shop run by Jenny and Dion. It’s a must for the kids. (open Wednesdays and weekends). Walhalla Coffee, an original gold-era store is open daily for breakfast and lunch. The Grey Horse Cafe next door to the Star Hotel is another great place to sit in the sun and enjoy cake and coffee, open daily 11am to 2pm.
Open Every day but Monday. Stocks the basics, including milk bread, papers and limited supplies of meat, vegetables and some canned goods. Hot pies, cold drinks, and a working public phone – handy as Walhalla has limited mobile phone coverage.
Ron Camier runs award winning 4WD tours of ghost towns, mines and mountains, or Tag Along Tours around the spectacular countryside of Walhalla so be sure to get out and about with Ron for a truly memorable experience. Visit the old copper mine and hear about the history of the surrounding area.
(03) 5134 6876
(03) 5165 3231
There are also plenty of 4WD tracks to explore on your own. If you don’t own a 4WD there are still many other trips to take. The Lake Thomson dam is just a short drive on sealed roads and really shows you the effects of the drought first hand.
Boola Boola Tearooms and Winery has many and varied crafts to look at as well as tastings and cellar door sales.
(03) 5165 3223
COOPERS CREEK AND THE THOMSON RIVER
The Copper Mine Hotel at Coopers Creek is another fine example of an historic building having been recreated. You will be amazed by the stunning interior of this hotel deep in its own valley. This is also a great area for swimming with good waterholes and mini rapids for the kids. Don’t forget your lilo! There is also great fly fishing to be done in the upper reaches of the Thomson River.
When you’re in town be sure to pick up a brochure outlining the historic buildings, sites and activities in Walhalla. Listed below are some of the highlights.
- The Former Walhalla Post & Telegraph Office – This is a heritage building and the only remaining public building established in the town. It is sure to be a highlight of your stay. The building has been lovingly restored with the original wallpaper painstakingly cleaned, repaired and restored and these wall papers form a major part of this heritage building and are regarded as highly significant. They are also quite beautiful and well worth the visit. Say Hi to John who mans the office and takes great pride in the restoration work that has been done. Open by volunteers on weekends and holidays. Free but donations for upkeep appreciated.
- Old Walhalla School
- The Masonic Lodge Building
- Band Rotunda
- Windsor House
- Fire Station Museum -Open daily, free admission.
- Bank of Victoria Gold Vault
- St John’s Church of England
- Elliot’s “Live and Let Live” Bakery Building
- Walhalla Cemetery