Walhalla, a Country Town in Victoria
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.
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
Take a Ride on the Historic Walhalla Railway
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 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 AustraliaClick thumbnail to view full-size
In the cemetery the dead are buried vertically.
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