At its peak, some 5,000 people lived in and around Walhalla, that extended to the nearby towns of Aberfeldy, Toombon, Donnelly’s Creek, Red Jacket and Jericho to the north and west, and Cooper’s Creek, Happy Go Lucky and Jubilee to the south and east. So what was the attraction?
GOLD! And tonnes of it.
- Any wonder gold panning is a favourite activity for tourists. After a good rain the gold washes down Stringers Creek and through the township of Walhalla. A school child recently found a whopping gold deposit next to the Walhalla pub.
- Bush walks through the Gold mining relics, the historic band rotunda (next to Valhalla House) the old cricket ground and take a mine tour.
- Walk 20 metres to the Star Hotel or the Grey Horse Cafe and enjoy a latte and a bite to eat.
- Take a ride on the Walhalla Railway steam train that carries people along the historic gold route over trestle bridges amongst the enormous tree ferns.
- Stroll to the pub for a counter meal or a brief stop at the Greyhorse Cafe for a latte.
- Maybe a pleasant drive to the snow in winter or take a more challenging 4WD track.
- Swim in Stringers Creek. Beautiful mountain water with natural plunge pools and waterfalls.
- Check out the architecture and historic buildings around the town. Visit the lollyshop.
- Camping is allowed in Walhalla and the camping ground is where the ancient chinese garden used to be. The garden was tendered to by Chinese goldminers. Walhalla still has a wonderful vibe to it . It is a very relaxed, welcoming place for everyone.
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For more detailed tourism information visit the Walhalla Tourism page.