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"Walhalla (Gippsland)" Great Ocean Road Tip by leffe3

Great Ocean Road, State of Victoria: 75 reviews and 177 photos

Tucked away in the shadow of Mount Baw Baw, Walhalla is seen as one the most charming and authentic of Victorian towns. In fact, it was only connected to the national electricity grid a few years ago (doubly ironic as the main electricity stations for Victoria are only 30-40 kms away!).

Its actually a gold rush town, with the precious metal being discovered in the creeks around the town in 1862. As a result, the population quickly reached 4000 (a narrow valley floor and steep foothills restricted its growth) - but which has now declined to 28! Its nevertheless one of the nicest places to visit in Victoria because of these restrictions - a cluster of 19th century buildings around the central creek, a fascinating graveyard built into the hillside and where some of the graves are slowly slipping down the hillside, a tour of a Tunnel Goldmine is available, the steam engine trip as well as many walking tracks into the surrounding hillside (although it is advised to keep to the tracks if walking in the area as there are many mine shafts in the vicinity).

Just getting to Walhalla is pretty spectacular - the last 15kms or so through forests and hairpin bends (there's really only one way in - there's a track that connects you to Mount Baw Baw but this is 4WD only).

Walhalla is approx 2.5 hours east of Melbourne - the Princes Highway as far as Moe and then left, heading north for approx 40kms. The road takes you through the quietly spectacular Moroondah State Park.

Directions: South-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool
Phone: +61 1800 605 120

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  • Written Jul 14, 2006
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