The historic gold mining town of Walhalla is a short drive from Silvertop cottages and has something for everyone:
- Take a tour in the Long Tunnel Mine,
- Ride the Gold Fields Railway along Stringers Creek Gorge between Thomson River and Walhalla.
- Walk the tramways and tracks formed by the timber cutters to access the timber from the hills which helped build Melbourne and feed the local mines.
- For something different to do on a Saturday night join the ghost tour in Walhalla, learn a little about the history and life in a Walhalla past.
Please note: Bookings for the ghost tour are essential to avoid disappointment – contact the Museum for further information.
During winter Mt Baw Baw and Mt St Gwinear offer great skiing, Snow boarding and snow play, all just 30 minutes drive from Silvertop Cottages. Snow transport can be arranged with Mountaintop Experience with ski and chain hire available in Erica.
Take a walk through The Baw Baw National Park and along the trails of Mt Erica and Mt StGwinear. Visit the steel bridge, Cooper’s creek and Mushroom Rocks.
Mountain Bike Riding If you like a challenge try the mountain bike trails at Mt Baw Baw or in the surrounding state forest, for a more leisurely ride stick to the old rail trail and cruise along the tracks from Erica towards Thomson River.
Take a guided tour through the mining towns and the surrounding areas in a 4-Wheel Drive.
Swim, Fish or Paddle
Enjoy the Thomson River which is easily accessible at Cooper’s Creek or the Thomson Bridge.
All the cottages come fully equipped with a kitchen for you to use, but Erica, Rawson and Walhalla offer a variety of meals for you to enjoy. Erica Hotel has good pub meals and is open all week (hot rock meals are worth a second look!). The Wally Pub is open for meals (except Monday and Tuesday), The Stockyard Bar and Bistro has a great rustic feel and is open Friday to Sunday and the Star Hotel (in Walhalla) is a good option but only with reservations and availability may depend on their house bookings. A more recent addition is the 1914 Cafe which is open for meals or coffee and cake from Wedneday to Sunday, on busy weekends bookings are a good idea for all our local eateries.
…Or Wind Down
Relax on the balconies, enjoy a lie-in, read a book or take a stroll throughout the 12 acres of private forest.