Walhala Swimming Hole: Walhalla, Victoria, Australia

Posted on January 5, 2011

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Swimming spot: Walhalla Swimming Hole

The swimming hole is small but over six-foot deep in the middle. The shallow creek drops a metre into the hole and then drops away again on the other side into shallow creek again. This is a place for just a handful of people to sit creek side, it’s only a wee little place.

Where: Walhalla is about a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne and is located in the In the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia.

Getting to the spot: It’s an easy drive from Melbourne and the swimming spot in is the heart of Walhalla just past the Wally Pub on the main road.

Accommodation: There are several cottages to rent in Walhalla (we stayed in a beautiful old mining cabin called Stringer’s Cottage)  as well as bed and breakfast options and the more expensive Star Hotel. You can camp almost anywhere in the town; there are several camping lots. Campers can also be found by the main road, which the creek runs alongside. Camping is also available a five-minute drive out of town (before you hit Walhalla if you’re coming from Melbourne) at Coopers Creek, also a stunning swimming location.

Facilities: Many of the cottages are generator operated and run off water tanks and gas. There is no luxury here. There is a basic toilet and shower block in the heart of the town. Walhalla is so small that everything is walking distance. The creek runs beside all camping locations so fresh water for a cheeky creek side wash is readily available.

About the area: Walhalla is an old gold-rush town that was once booming but is now sparsely populated and perfect for a quiet bushland retreat. Walhalla runs ghost tours and tours of the old mines as well as trips on the old Walhalla Goldfields Railway. There is the self-guided Walhalla Historic Township Walk and the short walk up to the cemetery on the hill overlooking town is eerie and gives a wonderful taste of the town’s history as does the old post office, which is open for public inspection. There is plenty of four-wheel driving to be done in the Walhalla surrounds too.

Nearby known swimming spots: Coopers Creek and Blue Hole

Nearby towns: Rawson, Erica, Mount Baw Baw, Moe, Yarragon, Traralgon, Sale

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