1. Australia
  2. VIC
  3. Phillip Island and Gippsland
  4. Mount Baw Baw
  5. #65644

Stringer's Cottage Walhalla

Cottage, Mount Baw Baw

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1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bathroom


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, LPG 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. Please note, the property is not fenced.

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. If you have an auxiliary cord you can play music on your phone through this system.

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.

Please note, this property is not suitable for people using sleep apnea machines. We run on 12v and while we have one 240v powerpoint, this is suitable only for recharging small items such as phones, cameras and laptops.


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.


Walhalla is located just 2.5 hours East of Melbourne's CBD 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. You will first pass the Log Cabin on your right. keep driving and 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.


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.


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. This is a one hour, 45k drive and the first half is sealed, the second half gravel, but no 4WD required. 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.


There is great fishing to be done in the upper reaches of the nearby Thomson River.


There is safe swimming in the waterhole on Stringer's Creek. 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 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.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance


Books Deck/Patio Dishes and utensils Eco-Friendly Fireplace Games Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Non-Smoking Oven Parking Refrigerator Stereo Stove Towels provided
Stringer's Cottage Walhalla is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from SIMPLY THE BEST. AGAIN! SIMPLY THE BEST....4th Stay there...Nature at it's Finest.
Date published: 2015-10-30
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
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