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Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail - Trail Description



Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Foothills of the Great Dividing Range, 165km East Of Melbourne
Start/end: Erica - Park at the recreation reserve to Thomson - follow the track from the end of railweay yard up to the railway formation
Status: Open
Length open: 7km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Terrain: Hilly
Best seasons: All, but can be muddy when wet
Public transport: Train
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Walhalla Goldfields Railway at Thomson River bridge
Walhalla Goldfields Railway at Thomson River bridge
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding



A short rail trail in beautiful mountain countryside, featuring tall forests and the meandering Thomson River.  An old mining area with the historic village of Walhalla close by.

  • Ride the short tourist railway from Thomson to Walhalla
  • Walk or cycle through steep cuttings with many twists and turns along the old railway formation
  • Views of Thomson River


Access Points

  • Erica - Park at the recreation reserve.  See the map for details as the trail is a little hard to locate
  • Junction of Tyers-Walhalla Rd and Walhalla Rd
  • Thomson - Park at the restored railway station, then follow the small road between the station and the river.  Follow the track at the end of the railway yard and climb steeply to the old railway formation

Erica to Thomson (7km)

The section between Platina Station and Thomson Station is currently closed due to a landslide.

  • From Erica follow Station Rd past the caravan park on the former station site.
  • Cross the low level bridge over Jacobs Creek and proceed to a cutting surrounded by mountain ash
  • After 1.5km you reach Knotts Cutting (now filled in unfortunately).  Follow the steep track to cross Walhalla - Tyers Rd, and rejoin trail on other side
  • Follow the twists and turns alongside Nelson Creek to the horseshoe bend.  This bend is so sharp that passengers at the back of the train would see the locomotive travelling in the opposite direction
  • A replica station has been built at Platina.  After passing under a road bridge you get great views of the Thomson River valley.
  • Just before Thomson, you need to take a detour around the site of two trestle bridges. You may need to dismount from your bike.

At the site of one of the missing bridges about 1 km before reaching Thompson, there is a steep drop-off on a sharp bend with no warning signs or safety fence.


Background Information

Gold was discovered at Walhalla in 1863, and created an impetus to build a railway.  A campaign started in the 1880's, but it wasn't until 1910 that a narrow guage line was built from Moe to Walhalla.  However by the time the line was finished, the gold had started to peter out, and the miners used the railway to leave the area.  The line was closed in stages, and the final section from Moe to Erica was closed in 1954.  The wonderful concrete and steel bridge at Thomson was almost used by the army for demolition training, but a campaign by the Walhalla Goldfields Railway group finally succeeded in overturning that decision.  The railway is open between Thomson and Walhalla with a collection of completely restored rolling stock, and bikes can be carried on board.


Visitor Information Erica General Store Ph: 03 5156 3209

Walhalla Goldfields Railway Ph: 03 5126 4201 or


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07 January , 2020 by

27/27. Dodging bushfires and high temps, I completed my challenge of riding every RT in Victoria in 2019 by doing the Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail.on 30th Dec. This was another one I had to go back to after an attempt earlier this year failed due to track closure because of bushfire damage. And in the nick of time too, as Walhalla is closed the next day because of the Total Fire Ban. It's a short trail starting in Erica. For the 1st 2 kms you can gets a bit lost due to poor signage, but once you cross the Tyers-Walhalla Rd, it is straight downhill and easy to follow except the part where it goes under a road (no signs to tell you where to go). There are some lovely views over the Thomson River, but there is a large amount of forest debris on the track so you have to concentrate and slow down. Unfortunately, the finish is a bit disappointing as it turns into a dangerous single-track to get past a missing bridge, which then opens up to the tourist train station. So that's it! All 27 railtrails completed this calendar year to promote organ donation and saying thank you to my donor. What ride it has been!

04 December , 2014 by cascho

I rode this trail on 3rd December 2014, along with the Tyers Junction rail trail. This is clearly a mountain bike track - though possible on hybrids for most of the way, except around Thompson. Sadly, there aren't any great viewing spots, though you are deep in the bush. The Erica end is signposted and easy to find, the Thompson end is more difficult. Around the maze of bike tracks - follow the red arrows.

19 May , 2014 by 

Just did this trail and found it a bit disappointing for a ride with such great potential in spectacular country. Hard to find the start at the Thompson River end and not really ridable until you get past the old bridge deviation. Track surface quite rough and mountain bikes would have been better than our hybrids. Quite overgrown in places with some fallen trees needing to be cleared. Nowhere really possible to ride two abreast. Trail bike riders have churned up the steep access points and also in places where the track is muddy. Difficult to find our way throught the last bit of forest into Erica through the maze of trail bike tracks with no signposting to indicate the way for cycles.

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