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Walhalla, a Country Town in Victoria

Updated on June 24, 2014

Walhalla, a town for heroes

Like its mythological counterpart, Walhalla isn't easy to get into. It's hidden away in a steep valley among the dense forests of the Baw Baw mountains..

I find it hard to believe that this tiny hamlet once supported over 4,000 people, Today it has just twenty.permanent residents.

Walhalla, once one of the richest mining centres in Australia, is nowadays another deserted gold town.

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Walhalla is a Walker's Delight

Walhalla adjoins the Baw Baw National Park and gets a good share of tourists in holiday season.

Walking is the major attraction, Walhalla marks the start of the 650 km (404 miles) Australian Alps Walking Track. which runs from Walhalla to Canberra.

Not everyone walks as far as this, right over the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. The walk around the town is enough for most. You have to be tough to live here, a simple foot track to the cricket ground is a test of fitness

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Take a Ride on the Historic Walhalla Railway

Valhalla Rail

While you're in Valhalla, take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway through the spectacular Stringers Creek Gorge.

During the journey the train crosses over over six large trestle bridges that criss-cross the gorge. Spectacular, even if a little scary.

A Visit to Walhalla

Gold!

Gold was discovered in 1863, and Walhalla became a boomtown almost overnight. ,

At one stage the town had 15 hotels and 2 breweries. 2 banks, four churches, 40 shops, a police station and a school with over 500 students. Chinese market gardeners provided the townsfolk with fresh vegetables from the rich soil.

These days only twenty one people live here

Walhalla in her Boom Days - From National Library of Australia

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In the cemetery the dead are buried vertically.

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Where is Walhalla?

If you switch the map view to Satellite you can clearly see this forested area of my home state. Among the wooded landscape, in there, is Walhalla.


A marker -
Walhalla, Victoria, Australia
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I've always wanted to live in a little country town on Victoria.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I love the name Baw Baw Mountains. These little towns have so much history.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Walhalla looks like my sort of little town. I love small towns with tons of trees throughout and around them and it sure looks like this small town would make my heart feel at home there.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      There is a little town near us that is named Walhalla. I wonder if it got it's name from your Walhalla?