Walhalla – Australia
Hey folks. Mega busy at the moment and very little time to blog. Sorry if you’ve been missing my ramblings!
Let me tell you about a little place I went a couple of months back called ‘Walhalla’. For those unfamiliar with the history of my home state of Victoria, a lot of country areas were at one point gold towns, the most famous probably being Sovereign Hill, at modern-day Ballarat.
It’s all set up for the tourists these days with incredibly touristic prices which are through the roof, but you can pan for gold, get a ‘ye olde’ style picture taken, see the place as it was back in the 1850s. Walhalla, however, is very different. Ballarat is in a very dry part of the state, whereas Walhalla is in Gippsland where the land is hilly and green. Today a few of the buildings are restored to their former condition, but the town is inhabited by something like 30 people. It’s called a ‘ghost town’, and there are regular ghost tours.
There’s a mine there, and a cemetery, and some great bush-walking as well. It’s not so easy to reach, it’s about 3-3.5 hours from Melbourne by car or bus, but it set in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia. There’s also a toy train that runs in the area from Walhalla too.
Accommodation in the town is expensive. There’s no getting around that. Some of the cottages around Walhalla look amazing and a great place to stay, but a few hundred bucks a night, and also often requiring a minimum of two nights booking on weekends. In Erica, 30 minutes away, there’s the Erica Motel. $99 for a double, it’s not the ritz but about the cheapest room you can find in the area. It also is attached to a sensational restaurant where they serve meat (including roo!) on a 400 degree stone. It’s really brilliant. The meat is rare and just touched on each side when you get it and you cut it up and cook it yourself.
That’s all I have for you this time. I was up in Walhalla shooting a short film with some friends, so the photos are basically of those the filming… not exactly the best for showing off the town! Look out for a story on Youtube in the next year called ‘Blood Town’.