Walhalla Coach House

  • Coach House
    Coach House
  • lounge
    lounge
  • Coach House as you drive in
    Coach House as you drive in
  • Upstairs bathroom
    Upstairs bathroom
  • upstairs dining room
    upstairs dining room
  • downstairs kitchen
    downstairs kitchen
  • View of the township of Walhalla
    View of the township of Walhalla
  • Stringers Creek
    Stringers Creek
The Coach House is a charming 2 storey home in a beautiful bushland setting overlooking the historic railway and Stringers Creek . Private yet close to all amenities,the house features a wood fire, 3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,2 lounges, spacious kitchen/dining

Family holiday accommodation

Walhalla, VIC [Location map...]
Up to 8 people, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Minimum nights: 2
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Average Rating Guest reviews average: 4.6/5

From $180 to $250 couple per night
"A beautiful home. Relaxing and comfortable. Great outlook and peaceful. So relaxing falling asleep at night to the rippling of the creek."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Kellie, -Sep '13

"Best family holiday home i have found. The five of us loved it! Excellently equipped, right down to the lack of television. It is truely relaxing to have screens taken away from temptation."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Emma-Kate, -Jul '12

"A fantastic house to stay in, one of the best getaway from it all destinations in Victoria."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Glenn, -Nov '11

"We had a lovely relaxing holiday and the Coach House contributed significantly to this. It's location was convenient and tranquil and the accommodation had lots of character and was very comfortable. ..."
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Kyla, -Oct '11

"The intriguing atmosphere of the place, its piano, layout, fun access, beauty, wood fires, artefacts and exciting location. We also booked Stringer's Cottage, which was just perfect for us. Access bet..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Roslyn, -Jul '11

"Loved it! Great position and set up. Perfect for a day at the snow. Fantastic for kids - has everything you could possibly need. We'll be back."
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Deborah, -Jul '10

"Had a wonderful weekend"
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Peter, -May '10

"we found the coach house to be very relaxing, peacefull and just as described. "
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Kathryn, VIC -Nov '09

"we had the best time. thank you Anna for a warm famliy home to stay in."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Sue, VIC -May '09

"We all had a wonderful weekend at the Coach House. It was fully equipped, warm and comfortable. Family friendly with toys for children, even a raised bath parents of young ones. A lovely family home w..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Trudy, VIC. -May '09

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Holiday house


Enjoy the peace and tranquility of beautiful, historic Walhalla while staying in this comfortable and appointed family holiday home.
The Coach House is an eco friendly house which uses tank water and clean, green solar energy. Solar panels provide 12 volt solar power. There is electric lighting, CD and radio and the solar power runs the heater fans to keep the house cosy in Winter. There is a gas HWS, modern gas fridge, gas oven and cooktop and gas heating so it is all clean, green energy. (There is limited 240v power to charge phones, cameras and computers).
There is an upstairs bathroom & the lounge features a cosy wood fire (firewood provided). There are games, puzzles, toys and books to suit all ages plus plenty of comfortable seating to lounge around in.
The downstairs lounge has a piano and billiards table. There are dining tables upstairs & down and the kitchen is spacious, featuring wide benchtops & a gas heater to take the chill off in Winter.
Every room features views of the bush & Stringers Creek & you can watch the historic Steam Train as it passes by. The downstairs bathroom features a deep bath,separate shower and there is a separate toilet and handbasin. There is a gas BBQ & plenty of outdoor seating in a beautiful bush setting.
Take a short walk and explore this historic town. There are several places to dine out & kids will love the Olde Lolly Shoppe and nearby playground. Take a ride on the Steam Train or one of several tours available, including the Night Ghost Walk, Gold Mine or 4WD Adventure Tour. Explore the many 4WD tracks & discover relics of the former gold mining settlements in & around Walhalla, or pan for gold in Stringers Creek. Enjoy outdoor activities such as bushwalking, mountain-bike riding, swimming, canoeing and fishing.
Skiing was never easier with Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort just an hour away via the South Face Rd.
There is also cross country skiing and toboggani

TESTIMONIALS: Dear Anna,
We had a great time at the coach house! My parents who were visiting from
the UK thought Walhalla was a beautiful spot and especially liked the
accommodation. It was very homely especially with so many things for all
the family to do. Very different from other properties we have stayed in.
A lot of places are very clinical and you have to take absolutely everything
with you. It was such a pleasure to have "a home away from home"!!
Regards,Alyson Lutz (March 2013).

Locality


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 Walhalla via Erica and Rawson. (C103, C466, C461). The Coach House is signposted and visible from the road as you enter the village. To reach it 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 white ‘Coach House" sign on the cream picket fence to your right and you have arrived.
Four Must-Dos
Join the guided tours of Victoria's 5th largest gold mine, the Long Tunnel Extended Mine and see the quartz reef, the main tunnel and the underground machinery chamber.
Catch the historic narrow-gauge Walhalla Goldfields Railway through the valley and over 6 trestle bridges that criss-cross Stringer's Creek.
Walk up the steep hillside to the Walhalla Cemetery, where there are more than 1,100 graves of the miners and settlers, as well as stunning views.
Walk one of the trails above Walhalla-either from the mine entrance or up to the cricket ground, levelled by hand on a nearby hill-to get a different perspective of the town.

Property


The Coach House was built between 1968-72, by the former Walhalla and Thomson River Steam Tramway Pty Ltd as hostel accommodation for voluntary workers who intended to rebuild the former railway between Thomson and Walhalla as a tourist line. It was built on the site of an original miner's cottage mainly from building materials recycled from demolished houses in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, and was known as Cook's Cottage. The W&TRST reconstructed the Walhalla station yard in the early 1970s, and from 1974 to 1981 ran steam train rides onsite, but was unable to advance the venture any further.
In 1983, the owner sold and removed all the railway assets including the buildings which were erected on Crown Land. Some buildings remain from the W&TRST era including the log cabin (built in 1973). The famous narrow gauge railway was eventually reconstructed by the Walhalla Goldfields Railway between 1993-2002.
As the semi-derelict Coach House building faced demolition by the State Government following departure of the W&TRST, there was some concern expressed at the prospect of losing this Walhalla landmark, leading to a local campaign to save the building in the late 70's. It was sold and served as a hostel for overseas travellers, then was later used as housing for miners on the ill fated Walhalla Resources commercial gold mining project in the 1980s when it became known as 'The Bunkhouse'. It was better known to some of those residents as 'Heartbreak Hotel'!
Under a new owner it became known as 'The Dolls House', probably due to its quaint style and wooden shutters. When power arrived in Walhalla in 1998, the Coach House was left off the grid. It was then bought and sold twice in rapid succession, and we purchased it in 2005. After efforts failed to get power connected, we went solar in 2008. The building's present incarnation takes its name from the nearby railway station and coaches. Happy Go Lucky Rd is also known as the Old Coach Rd from stage coach days, so the new name reflects those times.

Holiday experiences


4WD Tours, Adult retreat, Birdwatching, Bushwalking & wilderness, Canoeing & Kayaking, Eco-friendly, Family Friendly, Fishing, Gay & Lesbian friendly, Great view, Heritage Trail, Romantic getaway, Snow Skiing, Walking or Hiking, Wedding venue, Wine Appreciation, Winter Holiday

Facilities


Baby Cot, Bath, BBQ, BBQ - Gas, Books/Magazines Supplied, CD Player, Cooking facilities, Fireplace, Games room, Gas stove, Heaters provided, Highchair, Kitchen, Local telephone calls included, Log fires, No smoking, Parking, Patio, Pets not allowed, Pets Welcome Outdoors, Stairs, Stereo, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Telephone, Train nearby, Undercover or off street parking, Walk to the shops

4WD Tours


4WD tour operators located nearby.

There are 4WD tracks all around Walhalla. Take your own vehicle or go on an organised tour with Ron Camier who runs award winning 4WD tours or Tag Along Tours around the spectacular countryside of Walhalla. Visit the old copper mine and hear about the history of the surrounding area.
Email: camier@mountaintopexperience.com
Web: http://www.mountaintopexperience.com/

Adult retreat


Property not suitable for children, Tranquil and quiet with no interruptions, Privacy from other guests in living and activity areas

Birdwatching


Bird-watching available on-site, Bird-watching available nearby.

Surrounded by lush forest, there are a wide variety of birds to be seen and heard, including Black cockatoos, king parrots, Wonga pigeons, currawongs, blue wrens, crimson rosellas and lyrebirds.

Bushwalking & wilderness


Bushwalking and wilderness experiences available on-site, Bushwalking and wilderness experiences located nearby, Bushwalking maps provided, Located near a National Park.

Set amidst the gums and blackwoods of the Gippsland forest, there is an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna to view and enjoy. We are located out of town on a dirt road and are surrounded by towering gums rich in birdlife. Look out for black cockatoos, lyrebirds, Wonga pigeons, wombats and wallabies. There are loads of tracks to explore and walks to take in and around Walhalla. The Alpine Walking Track starts here in Walhalla and goes all the way to Canberra!

Canoeing & Kayaking


Canoe and/or Kayak facilities available nearby, Less than 5 minutes drive to water.

The Thomson River is known for its kayaking and is just a short drive away. Access points are at Brunton's Bridge, Thomson River at Thomson Station or Coopers Creek.

Eco-friendly


Solar powered accommodation, Bio-diverse setting, Ecological activities nearby.

Walhalla only went on the power grid 10 years ago, and Happy Go Lucky Road missed out, so we run on solar power, stored in gel batteries. These provide power for lighting and run the heater fans, the CD/radio and the hot water pump. We use rain water stored in tanks. There is LPG gas heating, gas cooking and instantaneous gas hot water and a closed wood fire. The house is fully insulated and there is a septic sewerage system in place. Unfortunately there are no recycling facilities in Walhalla so we encourage guests to take recyclables home with them.

Family Friendly


Portacot available, Plastic crockery and cutlery available for children, Games/videos for children under 5 available, Games/videos for children between 5 and 12 available, Games/videos for children over 12 available, Games room.

The house is set up for families with 2 living/dining areas. There are bunks and single beds. We provide books, toys, puzzles and games for children of all ages, plus a pool table and dart board. There are also badminton racquets, scooters and a bocce set, plus a hammock and flat grassy playing area.

Fishing


Fishing spots available nearby, Located less than 5 mins walk to water, Located less than 5 minute drive to water.

There is great fishing to be done in the upper reaches of the nearby Thomson River while enjoying the region's beauty and solitude. There are plenty of spots to throw in a line and fly fishing will challenge the most ardent angler. For the kids, nearby Stringer's Creek provides a good starting point and is excellent for net fishing. Try your hand at catching a local eel!

Gay & Lesbian friendly


All guests welcome.

We welcome all guests. The property is private, yet just a short walk to all amenities.

Heritage Trail


Heritage buildings nearby.

100 years ago Walhalla was a booming gold mining town and in its heyday, the third biggest town in Victoria. Where once there were 40 shops, 15 hotels, 4 churches and a population of almost 3000, Walhalla now has a permanent population of just 12. However, it is a unique historic village with plenty to see and do and still boasts 2 pubs and several shops. Tour the original gold mine, wander the main street and admire the architecture, or visit the hillside cemetery, one of the most fascinating and unusual in all of Victoria. Perched on the side of a steep hillside, there are more than 1,100 graves which tell a story of a struggle against hardship and adversity. For a journey into the past, take a trip aboard the Walhalla Goldfields Railway as it makes its way past vertical cliff faces and narrow cuttings, with some of the sharpest curves of any railway constructed in Victoria.

Romantic getaway


Accommodation just for two, Wood fire.

The Coach House provides a unique and private place to enjoy a romantic weekend. Its old world charm ensures a relaxed, secluded and private getaway. Comfy couches, log fire and a queen size bed provide all the creature comforts. Outdoors, enjoy the tranquility and relax in the leafy garden at the outdoor setting, surrounded by magnificent forest gums and overlooking Stringer's Creek.

Snow Skiing


Less than 1/2 hour drive to ski fields, Ski storage available.

Cross country skiing just half an hour away at Mt St Gwinear. Downhill skiing at Mt Baw Baw, just an hours drive. Ski hire available from Erica or Mt Baw Baw but take chains with you or you may be turned back. www.southfaceroad.info
www.stgwinear.info www.mountbawbaw.com.au www.ericaskihire.com.au michael@stgwinear.info

Wedding venue


Group accommodation available.

The Coach House provides accommodation for up to 10 people (including the 2 bedroom Stringer's Cottage next door). We have accommodated small wedding groups in the past and they have really enjoyed the unique setting and the privacy of our property. Overlooking Stringer's Gorge and Stringer's Creek, and surrounded by towering mountain ash, it is a truly beautiful setting. We welcome people to take a look first.

Wine Appreciation


Visit the wineries of Baw Baw Country on your way to and around Walhalla. Wild Dog, Brandy Creek and Ada River are just a few to choose from. Boola Boola Tearooms and Winery has tastings and cellar door sales. Call first on 51653080 or e-mail boola@netspace.net.au. Visit www.winesofgippsland.com.au for more information.

Winter Holiday


Log fire, Winter activities available nearby detailed below.

The Coach House is a great place to bunker down on a cold Winter's day. A huge log fire works very efficiently to keep the house snug and warm and there are warm doonas, spare blankets and even hot water bottles provided. There is also a gas heater downstairs to take the chill off. Take a trip to nearby Mt St Gwinear for some down hill skiing, or head to Mt Baw Baw for some downhill skiing. Ski gear is available for hire on the mountain or at Erica.

Rooms and rates


Bookings for Fri/Sat must be for both days.

Availability

Walhalla Coach House will confirm pricing, availability and answer any other questions within 24 hours.
(current average response time for this property is 14.6 hours)

Please note that sometimes your computer's spam filter or your ISP may inadvertently block the operator's response email. If you do not receive a prompt response, taking into account that  Walhalla Coach House may not be able to contact you after hours, you should check your 'junk' mail folder or contact the property with the details we will send in your confirmation e-mail.

The telephone number and contact details for this property will be emailed to you once your enquiry/booking has been sent.

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