Walhalla is hidden in a picturesque steep valley in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It was once a rich gold mining town with over 3,500 people calling it home.
Ned Stringer first discovered gold in 1863 and the town quickly grew from that day on. Ten hotels, 3 breweries, 7 churches and over 30 shops stood along the main street.
The railway finally arrived in 1910 after many years of lobbying, however it was too late as the main mines closed just a few years later. Thus the railway was used more to remove buildings from Walhalla, than to add to it. Many home owners tried to burn their homes down to collect the insurance, whilst others up and left everything behind.
Today many buildings have been meticulously recreated, the Mechanics Institute and various other buildings throughout the town.
You have to experience it for yourself to leisurely stroll up the main street and see the old stone retaining wall and the fire station that straddles Stringers creek, as the sun goes down behind the tall mountains, or see the spectacular views of the township from the tramway walking track.
For more, see walhalla.org.au.