Erica is the gateway to the Walhalla and Mountain Rivers Region. The town was established in the early 1900s to support the ever growing timber needs of Walhalla’s gold mining industry. In the 1920s Erica became the centre of a thriving timber industry.
Located 135 kms east of Melbourne, the town is surrounded by three National Parks – Moondarra, Tyers and Baw Baw. It is a popular base for recreational activities such as bushwalking, trail riding (horse and motorcycle), fishing, and camping 4WD.
In winter the area draws many visitors to the snowfields on Mt St Gwinear and Mt Baw Baw. Scenic views abound from the main Erica to Rawson Road, with magnificent views across to Mt Erica and the Baw Baw Ranges.
Many wonderful natural attractions are easily accessible from the town, including:
- Moondarra Reservoir
- Caringal Scout Camp
- Thomson Dam
- Mushroom Rocks
- Beech Forest Walk
- Erica to Thomson Station Rail Trail
Wine and Dine
The Erica Hotel Motel has a bar and bistro and is renowned for fantastic meals. Whether your tastes are the big steaks, traditional country roasts or gourmet specials like scallops and prawns in garlic and white wine sauce, you will be spoilt for choice. A historical display of the town’s proud timber heritage can be seen here.
1914 Cafe and Bar depicts the history of this small town in its own unique way. The ambience at 1914 Cafe and Bar has been described as beautiful, and from within waft the aromas of delicious homemade fresh food.