• Length: 8.8km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Thomson River Bridge

  • End: Thomson River Bridge

  • Closest Town: Walhalla

  • Location: Walhalla Historic Area

  • Distance from state capital: 180km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.9582290000

  • Longitude: 146.4198950000

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Poverty Point Bridge is a 8.8km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Walhalla Historic Area Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Summary

The Walhalla Tramway Bridge (also known as the €˜Old Steel Bridge’ or €˜Poverty Point Bridge’) is now fully restored and is open for visitors to enjoy the great walks from either Walhalla or Thomson River stations. Follow the Thomson River upstream on one side and return on the other. Look for remains of the old tramways and dry stone walling that once supported the timber tramway from Walhalla.

About the region

Walhalla, a rich gold producer for 50 years, is a remote and picturesque mountain township. It is hard to imagine a more difficult site for a town than the steep, narrow valley of Stringers Creek as it winds down through the dense forests of the Baws Baws. Yet in its heyday, between 1880 and 1895, more than 4000 people lived there.

The town is the start of the 650 km Australian Alps Walking Track to the ACT. But most people come to discover the remnants of a community that defied a forbidding environment in its quest for gold. The best way to see the town is on foot.

Getting there

Walhalla is 184km east of Melbourne. Access is via Princes Freeway (M1) to Moe, north through Erica (C466), turn east to Rawson then left to Walhalla (C461). The walk commences at the Thomson River Bridge, 4km from Walhalla.

 

Total distance: 8854 m
Max elevation: 353 m
Min elevation: 226 m
Total climbing: 254 m
Total descent: -248 m
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