Bright and early we trundled off, freeway nearly all the way to Moe, then a scenic climb into the hills, with views of Mt Baw Baw along the way.
Our train departed at 11:00 from Walhalla Station, a beautiful old steam train, lovingly restored and maintained by a group of volunteers.
The sun was shining and the fresh mountain air filled our lungs. The seating was comfortable and the open windows made viewing the beautiful scenery much easier.
The journey took us out of the station and into a steep descent, as the track followed alongside Stringer's Creek. The railway crossed eight wooden trestle bridges on its way to Thomson Station, six of those in the first kilometre.
The track passed through narrow cuttings and next to vertical cliffs, incredibly close to the train. These cuttings were all made by hand, and with so much effort put in to get this railway operating in the first place, it's no wonder the members of the WGR are keen to keep it going.At Thomson station, we stopped for 30 minutes. Enough time for a quick walk around the old bridge and the riverbank.
The Walhalla Rail Trail can be continued on foot or bike for the next 7km to the township of Erica. The WGR hopes to one day extend the railway line all the way there.
It's pretty cold in this part of the world. On the day of our visit, the frosty morning dew was still hanging around at lunchtime.
Rug up and enjoy the ride through this beautiful part of Victoria.
Where: Lake Mountain Rd
When: Wednesdays, weekends from 11:00 am (Daily during Spring School Hols)
Why: steam train, history
Related post: Walhalla Town