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4x4 Tourism - the difference between Walhalla and Talbotville

Discussion in 'General 4x4 Discussion' started by Patriot, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Patriot

    Patriot Super Moderator


    Graeme Mathrick tagged me in on an awesome photo from the Victorian High Country Huts Association Facebook page. It is a picture of Talbotville from 1921. The thing that is striking for me is the resemblance to Walhalla. Walhalla is a beautiful town and I am wondering if anyone knows any of the local business owners in Walhalla. A lot of the businesses there are tourism based and I want to know how much of the tourism is 4WD based? I have been to the Wally Pub on many an occasion for a feed before the long drive home and the place has been full with 4 wheel drivers. Would it survive without us 4 wheel drivers? If the answer is no, then what would be the economic impact if tracks up that way closed? What would happen if more tracks were opened. Could regional councils support their local communities by opening tracks? Is 4x4 tourism a great way to give bush economies a hand up, not a hand out?

    It would be a tragedy for my grand kids (don't have yet!) to go camping at the Walhalla campground and to read the sign that says "Here is the foundations of the Walhalla pub. The town was a mecca for 4 wheel drivers but as people stopped going offroad the town slowly died until it was deserted in 2035."
    Let's get more 4x4 tourism going!
    Talbotville 1921

    Walhalla 2015

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  2. mitschal02

    mitschal02 5th Annual Victorian Gathering member

    It is a great pic, looks so different now
  3. 80lover96gxl

    80lover96gxl Moderator

    That is a great pic,,that bridge, is that the southern entrance to talbotville, dont remember seeing any old remains of one ?
  4. Swaggie

    Swaggie Moderator

    I would have loved to have lived in Talbotville back then.
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  5. Les PK Ranger

    Les PK Ranger 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Yeah, but you'd probably be deceased now mate, so maybe better to be here and now !! :D
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  6. Swaggie

    Swaggie Moderator

    Your not wrong Les, lol.. I would have probably died at the age of 18, infected appendix back then..
  7. Patriot

    Patriot Super Moderator

    The cemetery at Alberfeldy has so many child graves. Health care has certainly come a long way.
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  8. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    All these towns in Vic are the same , built on the mining and timber industries in the mid to late 1880's and left to rot in the early 1900's .
    You can go to anyone , and see the history of how big it used to be , and see for yourself what is left , if anything .
    Grant for example . Woods Point is the same as Walhalla. Though not as trendy at the moment.
    I could go on all day listing names of towns that used to be big .
    That's progress I guess :(
  9. cookie64

    cookie64 4x4 Earth Contributer

    I'm sure James would have loved that bridge back a couple of years ago too :rolleyes:

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  10. 80lover96gxl

    80lover96gxl Moderator

    He'd likely be still driving a jeep if it was still there:eek:o_O;)
  11. Swaggie

    Swaggie Moderator

    Yeah I reckon it is mate, McMillan's would be the top right of pic..
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  12. 80lover96gxl

    80lover96gxl Moderator

    Yeah you can make it out turning to the left and heading up the hill.
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