Description

Stringer's Cottage is a charming fully self-contained one-bedroom miner's cottage on the outskirts of Walhalla, and just a short drive to Mt Baw Baw. Located in Gippsland and set in lush bush land, it is a great place to stay both summer and winter. Perched above Stringers Creek and the Walhalla Tourist Railway Line with views of the surrounding valley, it is a unique place to stay. It is an Eco-friendly cottage that runs on 12v solar power, bottled gas and has tank water on tap.

The cottage features separate indoor toilet, shower and a galley-kitchen with fridge, gas stove, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans to meet all your cooking/dining needs. The kitchen bench is made of local timber and overlooks the creek and railway track, the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by while you dine. Alternatively, dine outdoors at the table for two in your own private garden setting and do some bird watching.

Towels, tea towels, bed linen, doona and pillows are all supplied so all you have to do is arrive and enjoy. There are even hot water bottles for those who like that extra bit of comfort! There are books, cards and a Radio/CD player for your entertainment, with an Ipod connection so you can listen to your own music. The spacious bedroom features an efficient sealed wood fire that is easy to use and will burn safely all night. Comfy armchairs complete the picture so relax in the peace and quiet of this cosy getaway, read a book, listen to music, or play a hand of cards. If you want some exercise, just take the staircase up to the road where you are just a short walk to the village. (Please note there are approximately 35 steps so pack lightly! However, parking is off- road next to the Coach House wood shed, and is all on the level for unloading when you first arrive. If there is none staying in the house feel free to use the driveway for access if this is more convenient).

HISTORY

Stringer's Cottage is named after Edward "Ned" Stringer. He was one of a group of prospectors who had been exploring in creeks flowing into the Thomson River valley and found gold sometime during late December 1862 or early January 1863. A claim was pegged out and former convict Edward Randel, registered the claim at the outpost town on Bald Hills on 12 January under his assumed name, Edward "Ned" Stringer.


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Walhalla is located just 2.5 hours East of Melbourne and is an easy and scenic drive through Gippsland. Take the City Link, Monash Freeway (M1) which then becomes the Princes Freeway (M1), then take the Moe Exit. (Just look for the “Golden Arches”). From here, follow the brown “Tourist Drive” signs to Erica/Rawson. (C466) and Walhalla. Turn right to Rawson which is signposted 3km past Erica. Travel along this road through Rawson, then left to Walhalla 1km past Rawson (C461). The Walhalla Coach House is the first house you see as you enter Walhalla and Stringer’s Cottage is right next door. They are both signposted – to reach there take the first turn right up a dirt track which is “Happy Go Lucky Road” (also known as Bruntons Bridge Road), and is just after the “Walhalla” and blue “Bus Turning” signs. Look for the the cream picket fence to your right and the Stringer’s Cottage sign next to the gate and you have arrived. There are stairs down to the house from the road, or you can go down the Coach House drive and park next to the woodshed -parking is signposted. If people are in the Coach House try not to disturb them and use the staircase from the road.

NOTE: GPS, Google Maps Route Planners, Tom Tom and phone maps do not show this region accurately and you may not even get coverage past Moe.

Local Tourism

Outdoor activities include bushwalking, fishing, bike riding, 4wheel driving, swimming, panning for gold or just relaxing in the beautiful garden listening to the birds and and watching the steam trains pass by. When outdoors, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including lyrebirds, kangaroos, wombats, parrots and cockatoos.

Walhalla Goldfields Railway

This unique narrow gauge train offers a spectacular journey as it winds its way down Stringer's Creek Gorge from Walhalla, over the historic Thomson River Bridge and into Thomson Station. A group of enthusiastic volunteers have rebuilt the railway line from the Thomson River to Walhalla with further plans to extend it all the way to Erica.

The Train operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, public and school holidays, leaving Walhalla at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (June - August no 3pm train). Return fares are $20 per adult and $15 for kids.

Long Tunnel Extended Mine Tour

This was once one of the world's richest gold mines and over 13 tonnes was removed from this mine making it one of the most successful in Australia. Today you can venture deep inside the hillside on a 45 minute guided tour.

Family (2 adults and up to 6 children): $49.50.

Adults: $19.50

Concession and children under 16: $15.00

Mine tours are conducted on weekends and during school and public holidays at midday, 2 and 3 o'clock and Monday to Friday at 1.30pm.

Gold Prospecting

Bring along your gold pan and try your luck in Stringer's Creek which runs through the town. They're still mining for gold in Walhalla and there must be loads more gold still around, so why not give it a go.

Bushwalking

There are plenty of good walks to do in and around Walhalla.
First and foremost is the Australian Alpine Walking Track which starts right here in Walhalla and goes all the way to Canberra! (650 km to ACT). You can do a shorter section of this on a 40km, 2 day 3 night fully guided and catered walk from Mt Baw Baw to Walhalla. Check for details in the publication by John and Lyn Daly - "Take a Walk in Kosciuszko National Park".

Tramway Walking Track

Shorter and easier walks are numerous around the area, but one not to miss is along the old tram track, a picturesque walk overlooking the town on what was once a rail line taking timber to the mines. This gives you breathtaking views of the town and there are steep access paths opposite the hotel, the General Store, at the band Rotunda, the mine and at the North Gardens Camping Ground. For the non climbers you can drive up to the mine and it is a flat walk from there. You can walk this all the way to Thomson Station, though the last section is a steep downhill walk (approximately 6 kms). You can then catch the train back to Walhalla if you've timed it right. (Adults $15 one way).

Walhalla Cricket Ground

If you are still keen, another well known trek is up to the Cricket Ground. It begins opposite Spetts Cottage, on the right hand side of the road between the Star Hotel and the Long Tunnel Mine. It is a steep 45 minute walk, but worth it to see the ground which was carved out of the top of the hill when flat land was at a premium.

Wander along Stringer's Creek, or take the more energetic track to old Maidentown and hunt for relics from last century. Take the train to Thomson Station and do the 6 kilometre return walk which ends up skirting the town on the old tramway line. A little further afield is the beautiful walk to Mushroom Rocks, a fascinating geological formation.

Bike Riding

Get out your bikes and ride the Rail Trail from Thomson Station to Erica, or try some of the many bush paths and 4WD tracks. There's plenty of wildlife to see such as wallabies, kookaburras, lyrebirds and black cockatoos, not to mention snakes so do take care. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful vegetation including tree ferns, mountain ash and native orchids.

Skiing

In Winter, the snow fields of Mt St Gwinear are just half an hour away with excellent snow for sightseeing, tobogganning, cross country skiing or snow shoeing. The slopes are not at all crowded so it is a great place for beginners or small children to get their first taste of the Victorian snowfields. Slopes are patrolled and there is a heated shelter for day trippers. Equipment is available for hire from Erica just 20 minutes away.

Alternatively, for downhill skiing the South Face Road gives easy access to the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. Be on the ski slopes in just one hour. There is a kids' toboggan run with toboggans for hire, and a range of ski slopes to suit all levels of skier. Food, drink and souvenirs are available at the Resort. Ski gear is also available for hire at Mt Baw Baw or Erica. Always carry snow chains or you may be refused entry. These are also available for hire from Erica Ski Hire.

Fishing

There is great fishing to be done in the upper reaches of the nearby Thomson River, while enjoying the region's beauty and solitude. Fly fishing for trout will challenge the most ardent angler.

Swimming

There is safe swimming in the waterhole on Stringer's Creek, just a short walk up the road towards town. You can also take a 15 minute drive to Coopers Creek where there is good swimming with a waterhole and swing rope, mini rapids to go down on with the lilo, and some great exploring to be done up the river.

Museum, Gift Shop, Information Centre & Post Office

Open 7 days a week and run by the Walhalla Heritage and Development League, a group of like minded members who share a love of Walhalla and look after it. The Corner Store and Museum has many and varied souvenirs to remind you of your time in Walhalla and is well worth a look through. Call them for information on day tours and activities in and around Walhalla, including bookings for the Ghost Tour.

Ghost Tours

These exciting and informative tours run 8.30 p.m Saturday nights during Daylight Savings, and 7.30 p.m all other Saturday nights. Extra tours on holidays and Halloween, or by appointment. Adults $25, children $18. Bookings essential!

Gold Era shops and Dining

If you have a sweet tooth don't miss the Simply Walhalla Lolly Shop run by Jenny and Dion. It's a must for the kids. (open Wednesdays and weekends). Try the all-day $8 breakfast at Walhalla Coffee, an original gold-era store, open early for breakfast and lunch. The Grey Horse Cafe next door to the Star Hotel is another great place to sit in the sun and enjoy cake and coffee, open daily 11am to 2pm.

General Store and Miners Cafe

Any visit to Walhalla would not be complete without stopping to say hello to Norm and Rhonda who run the General Store and Miners Cafe They stock just about every thing you could need and are full of information about Walhalla. Make sure you tell them Anna sent you!
Open most days.

4WD Tours

Ron Camier runs award winning 4WD tours or Tag Along Tours around the spectacular countryside of Walhalla so be sure to get out and about with Ron for a truly memorable experience. Visit the old copper mine and hear about the history of the surrounding area.

There are also plenty of 4WD tracks to explore on your own. If you don't own a 4WD there are still many other trips to take. The Lake Thomson dam is just a short drive on sealed roads and really shows you the effects of the drought first hand.

Winery

Boola Boola Tearooms and Winery has many and varied crafts to look at as well as tastings and cellar door sales.

Coopers Creek and the Thomson River

The Copper Mine Hotel at Coopers Creek is another fine example of an historic building having been recreated. You will be amazed by the stunning interior of this hotel deep in its own valley. Open for lunch and dinner but call first to check opening times. This is also a great area for swimming with good waterholes and mini rapids for the kids. Don't forget your lilo! There is also great fly fishing to be done in the upper reaches of the Thomson River.

Historic township

When you're in town be sure to pick up a brochure outlining the historic buildings, sites and activities in Walhalla. Listed below are some of the highlights.

The Former Walhalla Post & Telegraph Office - This is a heritage building and the only remaining public building established in the town. It is sure to be a highlight of your stay. The building has been lovingly restored with the original wallpaper painstakingly cleaned, repaired and restored and these wall papers form a major part of this heritage building and are regarded as highly significant. They are also quite beautiful and well worth the visit. Say Hi to John who mans the office and takes great pride in the restoration work that has been done. Open by volunteers on weekends and holidays. Free but donations for upkeep appreciated.
Old Walhalla School
The Masonic Lodge Building
Band Rotunda
Windsor House
Fire Station Museum -Open daily, free admission.
Bank of Victoria Gold Vault
St John's Church of England
Elliot's "Live and Let Live" Bakery Building
Walhalla Cemetery

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Cottage We had such a relaxing stay at Stringers Cottage. Beautiful, cosy and very peaceful! Thanks Anna!
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice property The location was gorgeous, no frills, just a peaceful place to stay, it was lovely not to hear anything but the birds in the trees or the crackle of the fire.. Ah the serenity!
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The place to stay for true peace and quiet! Stringers Cottage truly is the place to stay in this amazingly peaceful part of the world that is Walhalla. Owner Anna's instructions were very helpful and we found the cottage very easily, located up a quiet little road with private off-road parking and gorgeous views of the creek below. Very impressed with the location, just a short walk from the township. We enjoyed several strolls around town, fantastic meals at Wally's Pub and sat by the lovely wood fire in the evening, which is well supplied with plenty of fire wood. The cottage itself has all the creature comforts you need for some time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No TV means no distractions and allows for total relaxation. Great little kitchen with everything you need, we enjoyed cooking up a hot breakfast each morning. Everything is thought of, right down to the hot water bottles! If its a peaceful, warm and cosy stay you're looking for, Stringer's Cottage is the place to stay!
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous little cottage for two. Perfect place to get away from phones, Internet and television and engage in conversation. It had every thing we needed and only a short stroll to the town. Managers information was detailed. I will stay there again. Maybe in the winter months to enjoy the fire. Loved it Donna
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet and peaceful setting. The cottage was cosy & comfortable. A great place to relax & recharge.
Date published: 2014-01-14
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Features

Cooking
Cooking Facilities
Linen
Linen Supplied
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Non-Smoking, Eco-Friendly
Custom
wood burning heater, wood provided

Prices

$280 for 2 nights includes all linen.

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Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
* $140 $280 $980 2 $0 $0
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Bond deposit $150 p/s

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