The mid-week public holiday and Tom's birthday gave us the perfect excuse for a city break and a chance to explore some more of Victoria. I am all for travelling generally, but I love the convenience of a home state destination and not having to choose between my puffy jacket AND my puffy vest. Walhalla is only about an hour and a half out of Melbourne and it is luuuuush, especially as we went in Autumn with all the lovely colours.
I've stayed in some really nice Airbnbs and Bed and Breakfasts, but my GOODNESS Mountain Rivers wins hands down for views. I mean just look at it!? It didn't matter in the slightest that it was an overcast day, right from walking in you get this amazing lookout over the valley - from the bed, the spa and the deck downstairs. Honestly staying here is worth the trip in itself for all the relaxed, scenic vibes and birds tweeting in the non-annoying way. An independent and family-run business too so you know I'm all about that. The layout is really good and there are family options as well. Highly recommend!
Walhalla itself is a quaint and gorgeous town. My unexpected highlight was the Goldfields Railway. It's honestly such a delightful ride that is operated completely by volunteers and takes you from Walhalla township to Thomson River. For about half an hour the old and restored diesel train takes you through beautiful forest and across the river. We then opted to walk back along part of the Alpine Trail Walk instead of take the return trip - roughly an hour walk with more gorgeous scenery!
With a bit more time we would have explored more of Baw Baw National Park (probably need to stay for two nights). We did manage to have a wander through the town and check out the Thompson Dam where we nerded out about how it's water services most of Melbourne. We felt the one night/two-ish days was a great amount of time this trip, but could have easily stayed longer.
Tom and I did a DIY dinner this trip which we prefer; it's easy, convenient and means you can make whatever you want - plus with the view from our chalet, why wouldn't you want to!? Pictured is a birthday red (our fave), salads to share, and gluten-free pasta with a tuna, basil, tomato thang. Shortly followed by board games - for the first time we played Robinson Crusoe and oh my it was much more complicated than expected!! Has anyone else played this/got any tips!? Sorry I digress from the food situation. We did sample the coffee from Thyme Out in Trafalgar on our way home which was great, and Tom said the homemade sausage roll was even better.