Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Walhalla - 2 hours from Melbourne

I remember in my early 20s of going to Walhalla - it was not a tourist town back then and you could buy a land and house by just paying up the back rates on a deserted property. There was a cricket ground formed by the locals by flattening out the top of a hill with picks and shovels. I remember a folklore story of a funeral where the coffin was dragged to the hilltop cemetary but the coffin didn't make it so rather than going back down the hill to retrieve the coffin, the locals decided to open the keg and celebrate until the next morning.
Today Walhalla is a delightful gold mining town, restored for weekend travellers to bask in its past history.

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