Walhalla - Australian Ghost Towns

by James Featherby May. 01, 2021 200 views

Series 1 - Walhalla.

The road through Walhalla

The road through Walhalla

Walhalla was a mining town in Victoria, the southernmost state of Australia. Walhalla was established in 1863 when gold was discovered in Stringer's Creek. It soon became a thriving town of around 6,000 prospectors and mining families during the following gold rush. They lived in harsh conditions but the town quickly became established with hotels and stores and the construction of commercial mines.

The gold resources slowly ran out and the town was abandoned. Today it has a population of around 20 people who keep the town tidy as a tourist attraction.

There is much historic interest remaining with mine tours, a tourist railway travelling through the beautiful rainforest crossing the Thompson River. It is in a valley with one road in and out. Still popular for people who like to fossick for gold. Thanks to the introduction of european trees the landscape is alive with colour during autumn. A perfect visit for photographers.

Stone walls and ferns are typical in Walhalla

Stone walls and ferns are typical in Walhalla

House built on the mountainside

House built on the mountainside

Historic Cemetery

Historic Cemetery

#walhallarail

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Fire station, constructed above the creek

Fire station, constructed above the creek

View of the old town

View of the old town

The old band stand and hotel

The old band stand and hotel

Stringer's Creek where the gold was discovered

Stringer's Creek where the gold was discovered

Railway bridge over the Thompson River, route of the tourist train.

Railway bridge over the Thompson River, route of the tourist train.

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Thomas Thompson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Love old Ghost towns maybe this summer I will drive the distance to see a few

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