Coopers Creek, Walhalla Victoria Australia

Posted on January 6, 2011

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Swimming spot: Coopers Creek

Coopers creek offers plenty of room to swim but there is not loads of room on the river bank. The Coopers Creek Camp Ground is about 100m away from the river. The creek has four-wheel drive access to the opposite bank where there is more room to picnic. The creek is shallow at the sides but gets deep in the middle. It has an old rope swing and is flanked by foliage and trees.

Where: five minutes before you hit the main township of Walhalla on the main road in. Coopers Creek 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 is just five minutes out of the main township of Walhalla.

Accommodation: The Coopers Creek camp ground is free with no showers (but there is the creek for bathing). The main camp ground wasn’t overly populated even on the New Year’s public holiday that we visited and the days surrounding. There is plenty of other ground to camp on if you want to veer clear of the main cleared camp ground too. The grounds have a couple of drop-style toilets, that’s all in the way of facilities.

Alternatively there are several cottages to rent in Walhalla as well as bed and breakfast options and the more expensive Star Hotel. You can camp almost anywhere in the township of Walhalla also where you’ll find the Walhalla Swimming Hole. There are several camping lots. Campers can also be found by the main road, which the creek runs alongside.

Facilities:

Coopers Creek: just a couple of drop toilets and the fresh creek water.

Walhalla: Many of the cottages are generator operated and run off water tanks and gas. 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: Around Coopers Creek there are plenty of four-wheel drive tracks and kayaking down the river is popular.

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: Walhalla Swimming Hole and Blue Hole

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

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