Walhalla’s Horseshoe Bend Tunnel is in the historic Walhalla Region. Where the name comes from depends on who you are talking to. One theory is that is it called Horseshoe Bend Tunnel because the bend in the river is shaped like a horseshoe. Another theory is that the name comes from a nearby famous section of the Walhalla to Moe train line, where the line looped back on itself in a horseshoe shape. The tunnel was built in 1910-1912 to allow miners the ability to mine the river bed for alluvial gold. The tunnel is one of the longest gold diversion tunnels still working today as a fully functioning exhibit from our gold mining heritage. The fortunes of Walhalla’s Horseshoe Bend Tunnel have never been revealed with any accuracy, but folklore says that a large amount of gold was found by the many miners who tried their luck in the area of the Horseshoe Bend Valley. The Tunnel is 220m in length and averages 1.8m in width and height. It took miners two years to construct the tunnel which they started digging from the bottom up, outlet to inlet. The progress was slow and on average the miners were only able to excavate around 20-30cm a day. There are several walks you can do in the area and you can take lunch and have a picnic. If you are in the Walhalla region, this is not to be missed. You can find out more information by looking at the Walhalla Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Facebook page.