During the month of August, the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest transforms this historic township with spectacular evening light shows in the main street, special events, tours and activities celebrating winter.
Walhalla was a booming gold mining town in the 1800s, home to 4000 residents at its peak before going bust in the early 1900s. It was deserted for most of the 20th century and today it is a popular destination for short breaks. Located in the heart of Gippsland’s stunning Alpine wilderness, two hours’ drive east of Melbourne, it attracts visitors who want to hit the slopes nearby, walk the trails or simply discover Walhalla’s rich history.
Walhalla CoffeeHoused within the historic corner store, this is the essential first stop for those who need a caffeine hit to start the day. Open daily, serving homemade snacks, cakes and all-day breakfast including their signature egg and bacon rolls. Main Road, Walhalla +61 3 5165 6220
Walhalla Lodge HotelHead to the Wally Pub, as it’s affectionately known by locals, for great value counter meals including the popular Wally burger or traditional lamb shanks. The verandah that wraps around the hotel’s exterior is the ideal place for a quiet beer when the sun is shining. Main Road, Walhalla +61 3 5165 6226
Walhalla Lolly Shoppe Indulge a sweet tooth with chocolate and sweets galore at the Lolly Shoppe, housed within the former Mechanics’ Institute. This is also a good stop for a warming hot chocolate. Main Road, Walhalla +61 3 5165 6243
Walhalla’s Star HotelThis stylish, country accommodation is conveniently located in the heart of the town. There are 12 suites, each with ensuite and king bed, some opening onto the surrounding cottage garden and some with views from the verandah. Parker’s Restaurant on site caters for for hotel guests, with some great dinner, bed and breakfast packages available. Main Road, Walhalla +61 3 5165 6262
Brewery Creek CottageBrewery Creek is a self-contained cottage with lots of character that offers visitors a cosy, private retreat. It is set among towering gum trees and a quaint cottage garden that attracts friendly King parrots. There are two bedrooms, with the second loft bedroom accessible via an impressive timber spiral staircase. Main Road, Walhalla 03 5165 6237
Windsor House B&BThe rustic exterior of Windsor House hides the complete restoration that has taken place inside. All original features and colour schemes of this 1878 treasure have been lovingly maintained. There are five suites to choose from; the largest, Aberfeldy, has its own ensuite, the rest have shared bathroom facilities. Right Hand Branch Road, Walhalla +61 3 5165 6237
Long Tunnel Extended Gold MineIn the 1800s the discovery of Cohen’s Reef brought an influx of prospectors to town. Today there are daily tours that share the story of the three-kilometre vein of gold that changed Walhalla’s history. Visitors are guided 300 metres into the hillside to discover the old mine, one of the most successful in Victoria. Above ground, they can try their hand at panning for gold at Stringers Creek. Walhalla Road, Walhalla +61 3 5165 6259
Great Walhalla Alpine TrailThe 40-kilometre Great Walhalla Alpine Trail links Walhalla to the pristine snowgum environment of the Baw Baw National Park plateau and its nearby resort village. It’s a two-day journey through alpine plains bursting with native fauna and flora. Hikers pass through geological formations at Mushroom Rocks, cross fast flowing mountain streams and walk through stunning fern glades.
Walhalla Goldfields RailwayA unique way to experience the natural beauty of Walhalla is to ride the Walhalla Goldfields Railway. The train departs the heritage precinct and takes visitors through the spectacular Stringers Creek Gorge. It is an unforgettable journey year round; autumn leaves create a stunning display, in winter the creek comes to life with increased water flow, and in spring and summer wildflowers are prevalent throughout the gorge. Walhalla Station, Walhalla 5165 6280