Stringers Creek: part of the Australian Alps Walking Track, this
track follows an old tramway above the town, commencing at North
Gardens Camping Ground. Leading south along the western side of
Stringers Creek, this tramway provides a bird’s eye view of the
Walhalla Goldfields Tourist
Railway operates between Thomson and Walhalla on 4 km of track rebuilt
in the 1990s along the path of the original narrow gauge railway line
yo Walhalla. The railway operates on most Wednesdays, Saturdays and
Sundays and additional days in School Holidays. The Walhalla line was
the last of four experimental narrow gauge lines of the Victorian
Railways, the Moe-Walhalla railway commenced in 1904, but was not
completed until 1910.
After the closure of the Walhalla mines, substantial timber traffic was
carried from sawmills around Erica until the late 1940s. Freight and
passenger traffic declined, and the final section from Moe to Erica
closed on 25th June 1954. The tracks and buildings were removed by
1960, leaving only the roadbed and a number of bridges. Ph (03) 5126
Baw Baw National Park: Covering a
substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and
Aberfeldy River valleys, Baw Baw National Park offers colourful
wildflowers in early summer and open grassy plains with Snow Gum
woodlands. Mount St Gwinear, Mount Erica and the Baw Baw Alpine Village
are ideal bases for bushwalking. The Thomson River downstream of the
Thomson Dam offers some of the best white water rafting in Victoria.
Several tour companies provide rafting tours all year round.
Moondarra State Park (29 km south): known for its wildflower displays,
particularly along Seninis Track where sixteen species of native orchid
have been recorded. Scenic drives, bushwalks, picnicking, swimming,
camping, fishing and nature study are popular activities. Some roads
are suitable for bike riding. Spring is the main wildflower season and
along with summer, are the most popular times to visit the park.
Although, there is plenty to do all year round. A 7km section of the
former Walhalla Railway is publically accessible in the Park. The trail
crosses the Moondarra Resevoir Road soon after the turnoff from the
main road. The trail is not formally maintained – there are no
signposts and some sections are partly overgrown.