Victorian High Country Ride - Day 11

 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

 

Only 99 klms today. Beautiful day for a ride, fine sunny, warm, a bit windy but unfortunately our ride leader came down with a serious migraine yesterday afternoon and was unable to ride today. Keith and Gayle were also taking a rest day due to headaches and sore backs so that left 4 bikes to do a run up to Walhalla with stand in ride leader Clint.

 

If you are interested in history and historical sites, this place is an absolute marvel. It's at the end of the road and well off the beaten track and so doesn't seem to attract a lot of visitors, at least on Tuesdays apparently, but well worth the look.Volunteers maintain the railway line which runs on a 2 foot 6 inch, 750mm, special gauge line over a distance of about 4 kilometres but it doesn't run on Tuesdays but it does on Wednesdays and weekends for the tourists.

 

Walhalla is an old gold mining town dating back to the mid 1800s with many of the old buildings still intact and quite a few rebuilt/restored by volunteer labour. This labour includes people walking around with a cobweb broom to keep the exteriors pristine or a cloth to clean the signs. The town is at the head of a steep sided valley and once had a population of over 3,000. The town must have been quite an active place as historical photos included many sporting teams and achievements. The cricket team played on a field about a 750 metre climb up stairs to the closet flat area. I reckon that would make the first few overs a bit slow.

 

A couple of interesting things about it include a beautiful band rotunda on a high stand and a fire station built over the creek as there was no flat land on which to build it. I've included a number of photos as we didn't go anywhere else today.

 

It wasn't a totally lost day though as I spent the day working out how to incorporate some of our riding videos onto the daily pages, so that was a successful achievement. I'll let you know when I have sorted them out and loaded them for you.

 

 

  • Historical buildings in Walhalla, shops still open at certain times for tourists
  • The old Victoria Bank vault where the locally mined gold was stored before transporting
  • Historical buildings in Walhalla, shops still open at certain times for tourists
  • Historical cabin in Walhalla, still occupied, some for rent to visitors
  • Historical cabin in Walhalla, still occupied, some for rent to visitors
  • The old fire tender in the Fire Station
  • The old fire hoses in the fire station
  • The fire station built over the river due to lack of flat ground
  • The Band Rotunda
  • The local hotel
  • One of seven remaining original miners cottages
  • Old gold battery and the tailings head with a walking trail to the Long Tunnel Mine
  • Old well used Battery
  • Beautiful lush gardens through the town
  • The restored Railway Station
  • The Loy Yang power station
  • Marble sculpture "Lars Compitalis" by Clive Murray-White in Victory Park, Traralgon
     

 

 

 

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