Travel east from Melbourne on the Monash Freeway/Princes Highway (M1) to Moe. Turn left (north) towards Walhalla (Tourist Route 91), through Erica, then turn right (east) to Rawson (at Parkers Corner). Look for Mountain Rivers Lodge signs on the left side of the road. At the first road on the left, turn left and take first driveway on the left.
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When booking at Mountain Rivers Lodge you can inquire about : An exciting 2-hour 4WD tour of Walhalla's Historic Ghost Towns, Mines and Mountains with Mountain-Top Experience. This includes gold mining, copper smelting and lime kiln relics, traversing steep, rugged mountains and fording rivers. Safe, hassle-free transport to the snow with the Mt Baw Baw Transport Service operated by Mountain-Top Experience. Enjoy a day in the snow at nearby Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort or Mt St Gwinear.
Explore Historic Walhalla
No visit to this region is complete without a visit to Walhalla Historic Township, only 20 minutes from Mountain Rivers Lodge. Once a gold-rush frontier town of over 3,000 people, it now has a population of less than 20. Meander down the main street, past historic buildings, where many interpretive signs tell the bizarre stories of the past. Explore the museum, the cemetery and the tramline walk. Ride the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, join a tour of the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine or a Saturday evening Walhalla Ghost Tour.
Walking and Trail Riding
Although Mountain Rivers Lodge at Rawson is on the edge of town, easily accessible to shops, pubs and other facilities, it has bushland on three sides. Walks on site include the Tranquility Walk down the eastern boundary and the Fern Gully Walk along Happy Jacks Creek through the Enchanted Forest. In Rawson you can walk around Crater Lake where there are BBQ facilities, and swimming pool, tennis courts and BMX track nearby. If you have a horse you can bring him as well. Mountain Rivers Lodge is one of very few properties having yards and facilities to accommodate horses. Nearby rail trails and old tramways are ideal for exploring on horseback. On day outings you also can visit the Thomson River and dam, Baw Baw national park and the Tyers and Moondarra state parks.