I finally made it to Walhalla and the valley of the gods. Didn’t even need the escort of a Valkyrie.
I’ve always wanted to visit Walhalla – and with a name like that it was always going to be special. This Walhalla though is the former gold mining town in Victoria’s Gippsland region. It’s nestled in a valley next to Baw Baw National Park at the southern end of the Victorian Alps.
Walhalla’s claim to fame is the gold that was discovered there. First prospected in the Stringer Creek, then mined deep inside the surrounding mountains, the discovery of the largest gold reef in Victoria made Walhalla one of the richest places in Australia.
At its peak in the late 1800’s, there were approximately 4,000 people resident in Walhalla. I can imagine it was extremely noisy back then, due to the mining machinery that ran 24-hours a day; plus overcrowded, thanks to every man and his dog wanting to strike it lucky.
Today, there are only 20 permanent residents in Walhalla, and the relaxed mood here is another world in comparison to the manic pace of Melbourne.
Many historic buildings have been preserved and serve as tourist attractions, which is what Walhalla lives off today – the tourist dollar.
Walhalla is also the starting point for the 680 km Australian Alpine Walking Track which follows the Victorian and Australian Alps all the way to Canberra.
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