Map of Horseshoe Bend Tunnel

Horseshoe Bend Tunnel

Walhalla

Horseshoe Bend Tunnel
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Picnic table and sign just up the road from the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel WalkPath travels through tall timber forest to the Thomson RiverA picnic table and some very interesting informative signs can be found about halfway along the walk
Picnic table and sign just up the road from the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Walk
  Picnic table and sign just up the road from the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Walk  
Path travels through tall timber forest to the Thomson River
  Path travels through tall timber forest to the Thomson River  
A picnic table and some very interesting informative signs can be found about halfway along the walk
  A picnic table and some very interesting informative signs can be found about halfway along the walk  
Horseshoe Bend Tunnel
The Thomson River Diversion Tunnel, commonly known as the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel, is located about 4km south-west of the historical Walhalla township. The tunnel was blasted through a ridge of land know as the Stockriders Spur, around which the river formed its characteristic horseshoe bend.

Diversion tunnels facilitated alluvial gold mining along the former courses of rivers. Once completed in 1912, the river flowed through the 220 metre long tunnel, leaving the riverbed to be sluiced for alluvial gold.

Horseshoe Bend Tunnel is of historical, archaeological and social significance to Victoria. The tunnel is one of the last and longest diversion runnels constructed for the winning of gold in Victoria.

The walk offers views of both the entrance and exists of the tunnel.
Modes of Transport:Walkers welcome Walking
Difficulty:MEDIUM
Steep hillside track. At end of track near the Thomson River, surfaces are rocky and uneven, so caution is required.
Distance:SHORT   2km (45 mins) return
Car Parking: Limited car parking available at start of walk. Road to the Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Walk is unsealed and contains some large stones.