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Population 13

This tiny goldmining town is tucked away in dense mountain country in Gippsland – in a steep, narrow valley with sides so sheer that some cemetery graves were dug lengthways into the hillside. The town has a tiny population and is a relic from a long-gone era – it was only connected to electricity in 1998.

Visitor Information

Latrobe Visitor Information Centre, The Old Church, Southside Central, Princes Hwy, Traralgon; 1800 621 409


Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

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  • Mitchell River National Park

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  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

Nearby towns

  • Traralgon

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  • Moe

    Like many of the towns in this region, Moe is supported by the power industry, but it has managed to avoid becoming a grim industrial...more

  • Morwell

    Morwell is primarily an industrial town and Victoria's major producer of electricity. Nestled in the heart of the Latrobe Valley, it...more

In Town

Long Tunnel Gold Mine One of the most prosperous goldmines in the state during the 19th century with over 13 tonnes of gold extracted here. Guided tours take visitors through sites such as Cohen's reef and the original machinery chamber 150 m below the ground. Tours operate daily at 1.30pm; Main St.

Historic buildings and goldmining remains: include the old post office, bakery and Windsor House, now a B&B.

Walks: excellent walks in the town area, including one to a cricket ground on top of a 200 m hill. Another walk leads to a historic cemetery with graves of early miners; details from visitor centre.

Old Fire Station: with hand-operated fire engines and firefighting memorabilia; open weekends and public holidays.

Museum and Corner Store: local history displays plus goldmining artefacts; Main St.

Walhalla Goldfields Railway: wonderfully restored old steam engine; departs from Thomson Station on Wed, Sat, Sun and public holidays.

Gold panning: try your luck along pretty Stringers Creek, which runs through town.

Ghost tours: spook yourself with a night-time guided ghost tour of Walhalla using old-fashioned lanterns; details from visitor centre.


Deloraine Gardens: terraced gardens; just north of town.

Thomson River: excellent fishing and canoeing; 4 km S.

Rawson: a town built to accommodate those who helped construct the nearby Thomson Dam. Mountain trail-rides are available; 8 km SW.

Erica: visit this small timber town to see a timber-industry display at the Erica Hotel. The King of the Mountain Woodchop is held in town each Jan; 12 km SW.

Baw Baw National Park: park areas accessible from Walhalla include the Aberfeldy River picnic and camping area; 12 km N. See Moe.

Moondarra State Park: great for walks and picnics. Moondarra Reservoir is nearby; 30 km S.

4WD tours: to gold-era 'suburbs' such as Coopers Creek and Erica. Tours can be organised through Mountain Top Experience; (03) 5134 6876.

Australian Alps Walking Track: starts at Walhalla and goes for an incredible 655 km. It can be done in sections; details from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Baw Baw National Park 15 km

This 13 300-hectare national park cradles the low-key ski resort at Mount Baw Baw, the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. Near the resort are 10 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails (and you can hire gear at... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Parker’s Restaurant

The dining room of Walhalla’s stylish Star Hotel was named after one of the hotel’s original owners, who in 1878 carried out renovations that gave the building the form that is replicated today. While the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Grand Ridge Brewery 57 km

One of the country’s longest-running craft breweries began life as the Strzelecki Brewery in 1988, but operated for only a brief period before being re-branded as Grand Ridge under new ownership. Over the ensuing... Find out more

Campsites around town

North Gardens camping area 1 km

North Gardens is located in the history-ridden centre of Walhalla township on Stringer Creek. This campground was once the end of a tramway used to bring timber fuel to the mines. It has limited space for vans and camper... Find out more

Thomson Bridge camping area 4 km

The Thomson Bridge spans the Thomson River to the south of Walhalla, which was one of the richest towns in the country during the 19th-century gold rush. Its population once approached 4000, but now numbers fewer than... Find out more

Bruntons Bridge camping area 5 km

This peaceful site beside the Thomson River is reached via the signposted route from Walhalla or via Bruntons Bridge Rd off Cowwarr Rd. There is ongoing work at this campsite, which includes significant road upgrades,... Find out more

Coopers Creek camping area 6 km

This camping area (actually 2 camping areas) is sheltered within the diverse Boola Boola forest. It’s accessed by conventional vehicles along Coopers Creek Track, which you’ll find signposted off the... Find out more

Eastern Tyers camping area (walk-in camping) 6 km

This walk-in camping area in the extreme south of the national park is the first overnight stop for intrepid hikers coming down the long-distance Australian Alps Walking Track from Walhalla. There’s a horseriding... Find out more

Aberfeldy River camping area 10 km

Located up in the north-eastern arm of Baw Baw National Park, the Aberfeldy River camping area is close to where you’ll find some of Victoria’s best whitewater rafting: on the Thomson River downstream from... Find out more

Western Tyers camping area 13 km

This camping area beside the Western Tyers River is perfectly suited to those whose idea of happiness is sitting on a riverbank in the forest waiting to see what will bite. The facilities here are limited to a picnic... Find out more

Seninis camping area 14 km

This well-shaded campground, the only one in the park, is set on the grassy banks of Tyers River. Access is from Seninis Track, which runs off the Moe–Erica Rd and leads through an area noted for a wildflower... Find out more

Baw Baw Plateau camping area (walk-in camping) 19 km

The long-distance Australian Alps Walking Track that traverses the grand landscape between Walhalla and the ACT passes through the far north of the national park. Using this means of access, you can go bush camping in... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Rawson Caravan Park 5 km

Close to Walhalla, Thomson Dam, the forests and the mountains, this little-known park is an excellent base for exploring the local area. It has good facilities, including a bistro. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Traralgon Park Lane Holiday Park 31 km

This is a very good quality park with gleaming amenities and excellent facilities. The park is about 2 km east of town, on the highway. It is a great base to explore the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas.... Find out more

Glen Cromie Caravan Park 51 km

In a large, park-like setting on the banks of a stream, this is a popular caravan park during weekends and holiday periods. It is a great place for a family break and just a short drive from the greater Melbourne area.... Find out more

Warragul Gardens Holiday Park 53 km

This owner-operated park has spacious grassy sites, good facilities and great amenities. However, the focal point is the magnificent gardens; these alone make the park worth a visit. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Stratford On The River Tourist Park 55 km

This is a good quality park with a range of accommodation, just a short 600-metre walk from the centre of the small town. There are good facilities and it is ideally located for overnight stops or longer stays. Bookings... Find out more

Sale Motor Village 56 km

This caravan park is alongside the highway, just 1 km west of the town centre. It is a good base for exploring the area or a convenient overnight stop. Bookings are required during peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Walhalla’s Star Hotel

This country hotel is a property with great style. Rebuilt in 1999 with a facade replicating the original gold-rush-era Star Hotel, the exterior of the building remains true to the town’s 19th-century character,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Traralgon park area 30 km

32km E of Trafalgar (L) or 7km W of Traralgon (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Blind Joe Creek park area 36 km

21km E of Traralgon (R) or 2km W of Rosedale (L)

Just off the highway near the caravan park.

Willows rest area 37 km

1km NE of Rosedale (L) or 25km SW of Sale (R)

Large grassed area just off the highway.

Trafalgar park area 40 km

At Trafalgar

Middle of town via the service road.

Bunyip rest area 59 km

29km W of Yarragon (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For westbound only.

Gumbuya rest area 71 km

77km E of Melbourne (L) or 40km W of Yarragon (R)

Secluded among trees well off the highway.

Providence Ponds rest area 72 km

17km E of Stratford (R) or 35km W of Bairnsdale (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Vinter Ljusfet: light display and festivities at various locations in town; Aug.

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