Along a kilometre of bridges attached to the side of a cliff and through the bush and rock face along the bubbling Stringers Creek winds the picturesque path of the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.
When: Trains travel Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday most of the year (as well as every day from boxing day to mid Jan as well as Easter holidays and other times) but best to double check the time table as it changes each month, click here.
Where: Walhalla, check the map.
Cost: Adult return $20, child return $15, family return $50
The tragedy of the Walhalla Railway is that by the time it was actually built the gold mine was closing down – so in the end it’s main purpose was to transport most of the heavy machinery and buildings out of Walhalla. And then after the town was all but deserted the railway closed and the bush took over. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that a group of enthusiasts rebuilt the track from Walhalla to Thompson and the line reopened as a tourist destination in 2002.
The journey from Walhalla to Thompson is about 20 minutes long – there is a 20 minute stop over (and toilets and refreshments are available) before you make the return trip – so all up an hour of adventure. There are some breathtaking views down the cliff into the creek below that are better just recorded in the minds eye.
The carriages (there is only 2) are open air (so rug up if you go in winter!). There is a small outside platform that provides uninterrupted views of the landscape on your way to Thompson – and for the return journey the platform provides a close up view of the diesel engine.
The Railway is run by volunteers and all credit to them!
The Railway offers birthday parties (call 5165 6280 for all the details).
Disclaimer: Meetoo travelled to Walhalla in July 2015 as guests of Visit Gippsland. All views are our own. All details were correct at time of publishing.