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Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria
  • Manns Cottage, Walhalla
  • Silvertop Cottages Walhalla, VIC
  • View of the township of Walhalla
Sometimes, a person wants to escape the rat race and get back to the simple life. But not if you live in Walhalla! If you lived there, you probably wouldn’t encounter much traffic, as today there are only ten permanent residents! But it is this simplicity that makes Walhalla such a delightful destination to visit. Over a hundred years ago, thousands of gold miners and support businesses made this town a thriving community, but today only their ghosts remain.
Ghosts? Well – friendly ghosts anyway. If you fancy some intrigue, a local favourite tour is the Walhalla Ghost Tour where you will hear eerie stories about the characters that once roamed the town (and never left…). 
Things to do:
If the idea of a ghost tour gives you the chills, consider trying some of the daytime attractions Walhalla and surrounds have on offer!
Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine: Previously one of Victoria’s most successful mines, this 45-minute tour allows you to explore how it worked up until 1911.   
Walhalla Goldfields Railway: This track has had a bumpy history since it first closed in 1920. Townsfolk lobbied to get it up and running again as a working railroad, but that was short-lived and it was eventually doomed to be overgrown bush land. Railway enthusiasts persevered however, and in 2002 it opened again as a tourist attraction. You can enjoy a beautiful stretch of scenery on the railway on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
The Great Walhalla Alpine Trail Walk: This is an option for those who really love to explore and want a two-day trek. This fully-guided 40km walk takes two days to complete, and is the ultimate way to camp in the bush. Rather than tote along the tent and food yourself, everything is provided so that all you need to do is enjoy walking.
Baw Baw National Park: If you like the idea of bush walking, but prefer not to go for a two-day wilderness trek, consider one of the many trails at Baw Baw National Park. Two walks worth considering include the Mushrooms Rocks Walk and the Myrtle Beach Loop Walk – both from the Mount Erica Carpark.
Ski Mount Baw Baw: Winter sees this nearby mountain become covered with snow – perfect for skiing and snowboarding. This popular ski resort is the closest skiing action to Melbourne, and there is plenty of room to cross-country ski, downhill ski, sled or snowboard.
Play in the snow at Mount St Gwinear: Another fun snow day option – build a snowman, have a snowball fight, and try some cross-country skiing! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate with marshmallows and head out for some winter fun.
When to go:
Walhalla is a lovely break any time of the year. If you’d like to see snow on Mount Baw Baw, head to Walhalla in winter. Wild flowers brighten the region during the spring and summer months. 
How to get there:
It will take you less than two hours to drive to Walhalla from Melbourne. You’ll need a car to explore Gippsland and the Goldfields of Victoria, as both have many picturesque and historic towns worth visiting during your break.
When you consider that the town only has around ten permanent residents, it’s interesting to note that there are a number of delightful Walhalla accommodation options! A coach house, a bed and breakfast, and several gorgeous cottages await. For example, Manns Cottage is a fully self-contained one-bedroom cottage opposite Stringers Park. Here, you’ll find the comforts of home, including DVDs and jigsaw puzzles. Walhalla Coffee Shop is a stone’s throw away, and a delightful place to stop for a warm cuppa.
Ideal length of visit:
How long you spend in Walhalla really depends on why you are visiting. If you are curious about small historical towns, you’ll find it a delightful stop among a larger tour of Victoria’s goldfield towns. If you’d like to stay somewhere quiet and just relax for a few days, it’s the perfect weekend retreat. 
Further information
Head to Visit Walhalla where you’ll find loads of information about this pretty town. 

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


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Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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