Murray River and Snowy Mountains view, Towong, Upper Murray

Showcasing 'The Man From Snowy River' Country

 

upper murray towns
Walwa
...indigenous
 
for 'meeting of the waters'

Typical rural view of Murray River valley near Walwa

Walwa, with its population of around 250, is located on the Murray River Road, one kilometre from the Murray River, and 45 km from Corryong.

Sited on what was once part of Sydney Grandison Watson's Walwa grazing run, the township of Walwa began to evolve as early as the 1860s with the arrival of the first land selectors.

It is believed that a Post Office was opened in Walwa on March 1st, 1861, although it is thought to have closed in 1865.

A postal agency operated in Walwa in the 1870s as part of one of the longest horseback mail routes in Victoria at the time. The weekly journey delivered mail between Wodonga and the Upper Murray.

 In the 1880s, horse and coach mail delivery began.

Mechanised vehicles began mail deliveries soon after the First World War.The Walwa Hotel, Main St

It is believed that another Post Office, then known as Walwa Creek, opened on 1 December 1885 and operated until 1905.

The Walwa Post Office, in the town's main street, today services the areas of Walwa, Burrowye, Guys Forrest and Sandy Creek.

From the late 1860s significant tin deposits were located in the nearby area and this brought many newcomers to the area. Tin prices dictated the number of men mining at any one time.

The Walwa General Store, Main Street

In the 1920s, local farmers built a butter factory. The factory, which at different times produced cheese and powdered milk, served the community well for forty three years. The factory closed in 1963.

Today Walwa provides many of the essential services required by the local rural community, who live on surrounding cattle and sheep properties.

Walwa has a veterinary practise, a tractor and machinery sales and service business and a panel beating business. The Walwa Hotel and General Store and Cafe cater to locals and travellers alike.

In recent years, Walwa has become home to a growing tourism industry. It has a number ofdifferent accommodation options in and around the town, including a serviced caravan and camping park, a hotel, a resort, bed and breakfast and self contained style accommodation.

Walwa also has its own Medical Centre, with its own gymnasium. The town has tennis courts and the community fields netball and football teams in the Upper Murray Football Netball League.

Walwa Bush Nursing Centre, Main Street

The Walwa Primary School has recently been rebuilt and offers modern educational facilities for the junior members of the community.

A volunteer committee of management from the Walwa- Jingellic area manage a beautiful riverside golf course.

Walwa has its own radio station, Radio Upper Murray.

Nearby points of interest

Murray River
Fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking
Pine Mountain, Australia's largest monolith (1.5 times the size of Uluru), 11km
Walking, bird watching, camping, scenic views
Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park, 15km
Walks, free camping, scenic views, wild life, native flora
Lankey's Creek Estate
Wine tasting, wine sales

Cudgewa Bluff Falls, 25 km
Walks, lookouts, free camping

Guy's Forest, 16km
Touring, scenic rural views
Murray River Road
Scenic views of the Murray River, several rest area reserves, free camping