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Published April 30th 2014
Once a vibrant mining town, the peaceful mountain district of Walhalla, located in Victoria, Australia is an ideal hub for visitors seeking to experience nearby natural splendors like the Baw Baw National Park and the Great Walhalla Alpine Trail. Walhalla is situated at the end of a two-day walk from Mt. Baw Baw, and we entered the sleepy mountain town after a two day guided walk through the forest along the first section of the Australian Alps walking trail.
Exquisite scenery and a charming historic district make Walhalla a romantic destination, particularly for active visitors eager to experience the outdoor activities surrounding the area. The Wild Cherry Bed and Breakfast offered us a quiet retreat in the mountainside complete with stunning mountain views from our cabin balconies. Getting there was a great way to see the historic district, including St. John's Church, and once we arrived, we were delighted to find the B&B offered delicious gourmet dining options.
One of the best ways to see the natural beauty of the area is to take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, a restored section of the 1910 railway connecting Moe to Walhalla. The train runs three days a week and connects the Thomson River to Walhalla via the Stringers Creek Gorge, a popular place to pan for gold.
On Saturday night, Walhalla Ghost Tour company meets at the corner store to take guests on a two-hour guided tour of the village while sharing with them the town's haunted past. From mining accidents to poor living conditions, there are many ghost stories surrounding the historic village making the Walhalla Ghost Tour a fun and educational experience. Walking through town with old-fashioned lanterns helped make the tour feel authentic.
Another way to experience Walhalla's historic mining legacy is to tour the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine. A long walk underground leads to actual gold mines, and guides give a detailed account of the conditions that existed in the 1870s when the small village was a bustling gold mining town.
The village of Walhalla offers a unique glimpse at a town frozen in time, while the surrounding area offers both adventure and romance in the serene inns and B&Bs nestled in the mountains.