21.01.2017 - 23.01.2017
Walhalla is a small village that was once a thriving gold mining town, from 1863-1914. 73000 tonnes of gold was mined here. In its heyday there was a population of over 3,000 people, 10 hotels, 7 churches a school with over 500 pupils and 0ver 30 shops. It has been deserted after the gold rush and ravaged by fire, but volunteers have been restoring the cottages and attractions. We took the train ride to Thomson station, population 1( the stationmaster - a volunteer!) then ambled through the village- so many grand old buildings. The historic Victoria bank burned down, and the only remains is the vault (picture attached). Walhalla became the last town to be connected to electricity in Victoria in 1998.
Travelling south-west again, we came through Inverloch, a lovely seaside town, en-route to Phillip Island. There the fearless, adventurous side of Noelene let rip in a go-kart race around the miniature replica of the Grand Prix track. It was an absolute hoot - so much fun!
The pelican Fish Co-op lived up to its good reputation and we enjoyed prawns on the deck and lovely fresh fish.
At Shelley Beach we waded through some shallow rock pools and were delighted to find a small black ray. It seemed to be a female laying eggs, cos she turned around 360, to cover every area of the pool, before she swam off to the deep again. That was one of those 'oh no- I forgot he camera' moments!!
All the little towns along the coast boast local produce, cheese making, wineries, bakeries and coffee shops. Tomorrow we will explore the little town of Wonthaggi to discover these little places.
Until next time - Cheers!
The train to Thompson from Walhalla.
Noelene waiting for the train journey.
One of the older buildings.
The remains of the safe from the bank.
Meet the Race driver. . . . .
Starting the engine . . . . .
Ready to go!