Immerse yourself in stunning natural bushland, enjoy the peace and tranquillity while taking in sights of old mine heads, and remnants from stories of yesterday.
This track leads you to one of the most spectacular (and photogenic!) views in Baw Baw Shire, Poverty Point Bridge, a restored tramway bridge built in the 1900s, it’s the ultimate combination of beauty and history – a must see for everyone.
- Nearest Town: Walhalla
- Start/Finish: The walk begins at the Thomson River Bridge, about 4 km from Walhalla
- Distance: 8km return
- Time: About 3 hours, this depends on your level of fitness and how long you spend taking in the stunning views!
- Effort: Moderate level of effort, will suit most ages and fitness levels however we would suggest some bushwalking experience and be mindful of weather conditions.
- Be prepared: Be sure to bring sturdy, comfortable shoes and water
- Accessibility: Some of the tracks have steep short sections, rough surfaces, and steps
- Pets: Dogs are welcome, just be sure to keep them on a lead/under control
A stunning drive into scenic bushland toward the historic town of Walhalla, the road curves and winds with lush mountainsides hugged by trees providing you with a beautiful scenic drive on your way to your destination.
The starting point for the walk is located near the Thompson River Bridge, just a few km’s from Walhalla, where you will find a small parking area. The walk commences about 400m along the Old Depot Road, this beautiful walk is a circuit track so by following it along you will find yourself back at the beginning (and your car!).
If you’re coming from Walhalla, a great option is to catch the train and get off at Thomson Station – just be sure to check the timetable to make sure you can catch the train back into Walhalla from Thomson Station.
The circuit walk follows the first 8km of the Australian Alpine Walking Track. Enjoy the natural surroundings and the track winds its way past mine heads and stunning natural gullies. Keep an eye out for the locals too, the bush is home to native Australian animals.
About 4km into the walk you will reach the spot this walk is most famous for, Poverty Point Bridge, a spectacular sight and the perfect spot for those looking for incredible photo opportunities.
Poverty Point Bridge, also known as the Tramway Bridge and the Old Steel Bridge was built in the 1900s to serve the Long Tunnel Mine during the gold rush in Walhalla. At the peak of the gold rush, there were miles and miles of tramways around the mountains leading to the mines in and around Walhalla, these tramways were often used to transport wood to feed the mine furnaces.
The line was closed in 1944, and the timber deck was destroyed by fire, in 1976 the bridge’s timber deck and steel were rebuilt. Currently, the bridge is now a pedestrian track and welcomes many visitors each year.
While you’re exploring Poverty Point, take a moment and think about the families that lived in and around Poverty Point during the gold rush, it would have been a challenging life living in such an isolated town, with physically demanding work required and despite the terrain, those who lived in Poverty Point managed to keep cows and grow vegetables and fruit trees.
For those seeking a challenge: You can also access the Poverty Point walk from the Walhalla Township, it is about a 17km return walk and starts at the Band Rotunda and follows the Tramline Walkway south. About 4.8kms along the track you will reach the Mormon Town Track, at this point continue along the Australian Alps Walking Track which turns north to follow the Thomson River all the way to Poverty Point Bridge.
If you commence your journey from Thomson Station, there is a small parking area. For picnic tables and public toilets head along the road for another 4km into the Walhalla Township.
How to get here
The drive from Melbourne CBD takes around 2 hrs and 30 minutes. Take the M1 towards Warragul and continue to Moe for the most direct route. (For a great scenic drive, we recommend going through Willow Grove and check out Blue Rock Lake on the way https://goo.gl/maps/6BNmoA5p3Qyu9VRT7)
Once you reach the Moe turn off (it’s hard to miss with a large truck stop/McDonalds coming into view as you approach the exit) make your way through the town and head toward Walhalla on the Moe Walhalla Road. Make the most of the scenic drive and enjoy the winding roads, and stunning scenery, you will pass through the beautiful town of Erica.
Past Erica, you will find yourself heading toward Rawson, take a right onto Knotts Siding Road (C481) and head through the town of Rawson coming out onto Tyers-Walhalla Road. Take a final left at Walhalla Road (C461) until you reach the Thomson River Station on your left.
If you need a map we have you covered – https://goo.gl/maps/CGV5f6dHxpELaEAP6
While you’re there – be sure to check out
While you’re in the area check out one of our favourite locations, Walhalla. A popular tourist destination for Victorians. It’s well preserved golden era heritage and picturesque location in a steep mountain valley attracts over 120,000 visitors each year.
Learn about the tough lives of miners, pan for gold down at Stringers Creek, and then explore the old hotels, shops, school and church built when the town was at its peak. Take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, explore the Long Tunnel Mine and experience Walhalla where it all began, or if you’re brave enough take a ghost tour at the old cemetery on the hill.
Stay the night: Nearby Walhalla has plenty of accommodation options, from B&B’s with stunning views and charming hospitality, to The Star Hotel, which was rebuilt over 20 years ago, based on the original building, and provides boutique accommodation. There are also several nearby campgrounds, which provide the opportunity to spend the night under the stars. A few popular spots are the Chinese Garden Campgrounds (bookings are required, and the Walhalla Museum and Gift Shop can help you), the Coopers Creek Camping Area and the Thomsons Bridge Camping Area.
We love visitors here in Baw Baw so come and visit us today!