Walhalla is just 2.5 hours East of the Melbourne CBD and is an easy and scenic drive through East Gippsland. It is located in the the Great Dividing Range in the steep Stringers Creek valley, approximately four kilometres upstream of the creek’s junction with the Thomson River The area around the town is designated as an historic area, adjoining the Baw Baw National Park.
The township is entirely located along one road due to the steep terrain, and lack of permanent buildings ever erected in the region. After the 30 year gold rush period Walhalla very rapidly became deserted and at one point only had one permanent resident. It is now back up to 20.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the City Link, Monash Freeway (M1) which then becomes the Princes Freeway (M1), then take the Moe Exit. (Just look for the “Golden Arches”). From here, follow the brown “Tourist Drive” signs to Erica/Rawson. (C466) and Walhalla. Turn right to Rawson which is signposted 3km past Erica. Travel along this road through Rawson, then left to Walhalla 1km past Rawson (C461). The Walhalla Coach House is the first house you see as you enter Walhalla and Stringer’s Cottage is right next door. To reach it take the first turn right up a dirt road which is clearly sign-posted with a white Stringer’s cottage sign amongst others. This is “Happy Go Lucky Track” (also known as Bruntons Bridge Road or The Old Coach Road), and is just after the “Walhalla” and blue “Bus Turning” signs. You will first pass the Log Cabin on your right. Shortly after, look out for the Stringers Cottage sign on the cream picket fence to your right and you have arrived.
NOTE: Most GPS and mapping software will not work accurately in this region as mobile coverage starts to drop off after Moe.
Melbourne to Stringer’s Cottage