Hidden in a steep-sided valley, Walhalla is Gippsland’s most evocative and loved historic town. After the discovery of gold in 1863 Walhalla thrived as one of Australia’s richest towns with over 4000 people living in the area at its peak in the 1880s. Fires, flood and disease were among the pioneering hardships endured by its tough and vibrant population. When gold ran out in 1914 the decline was rapid, and for most of the 20th century Walhalla was frozen in time. Electricity was only connected in 1998, but now many of its original features are being faithfully restored and opened to visitors.
Other things to do:
Main street meander: Tramline walking track, hilltop cricket ground, Spetts Cottage, The Old Hospital, Windsor House, Mountaineer Brass Band Rotunda, St Johns Church, faulty war memorial, Old Fire Station, Mechanics Institute, Bank Vault, Post & Telegraph Office, and hillside cemetery.
Corner Stores Museum (5165 6250), souvenirs, family histories.
Mechanics Institute Old Lolly Shoppe, gifts, books, bric-a-brac.
Walhalla Whistle Stop Local hand crafts
Places to eat:
Greyhorse Café* (5165 6262), open daily.
Long Tunnel Coffee Lounge (5165 6220), home baking.
Walhalla General Store & Miners Café* (5165 6227), catering.
Walhalla Lodge Family Hotel (5165 6226), counter meals
Mountain Rivers Tourist Park*, Rawson (5165 3231) Luxury spa chalets, family cabins, motel-style units, backpackers bunkhouse, camping, self cater.
Walhalla’s Star Hotel* (5165 6262) Award winning luxury (AAAT 4 star).
The Mill House, Walhalla* (5165 6227) Cute country cottage, fully serviced.
The Coach House, Walhalla (9531 6600) 3BR cottage.
Federation House (formerly the “Old Hospital”), Walhalla (5165 6246) Bed & breakfast.
Log Cabin*, Walhalla (5281 3339) Sleeps 4~6, BYO bedding.
Rawson Village Resort* (5165 3200) Motel (3 star) or bunkhouse. Conference centre.
Rawson Caravan Park & Holiday Units*, incl. “The Stockyard” pub (5165 3439)
Mt Erica B&B* , Erica (5165 3070) Bed & breakfast.
Tisdall Lodge, Walhalla (5165 6282) Budget backpackers bunkhouse/camp (for up to 32).
North Gardens Camping Ground Free camping
Directions to Walhalla from Melbourne:
- Allow about 2.5 hours if travelling by car from Melbourne Eastern suburbs.
- Take the M1 (Monash Freeway/Princes Highway) eastward, follow the signs to “Warragul” and then “Moe”.
- Take the first “Moe” exit and follow the Walhalla & Mountain Rivers Trail signs (route C466).
- Turn right at Parkers Corner towards Rawson.
- Continue through Rawson.
- Turn left to Walhalla (C461).
Directions to Walhalla from Sale:
- Allow 1.5 hours when travelling by car from Sale.
- Take Princes Highway (route A1) to Traralgon.
- Yurn right towards Tyers, following the Walhalla & Mountain Rivers Trail signs (route C466).
- Turn right to Walhalla (route C461).
Alternatively, we provide transport from Morwell on our regular runs (about twice/week) at $40/person.