The Upper Murray
“The Man From Snowy River” country
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Walwa

Walwa…indigenous for ‘meeting of waters’ 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. A postal agency operated in Walwa in the 1860s 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.  It is believed that a Post Office was opened in Walwa on March 1st, 1861, although this particular office is thought to have closed in 1865. In the 1880s, horse and coach mail delivery began. A post office at  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 which brought many newcomers to the Walwa and Koetong areas. Tin prices dictated the number of men mining at any one time. Mechanised vehicles began mail deliveries to Walwa soon after the First World War. 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 practice, 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 of different 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 also has tennis courts and the community fields netball and football teams in the Upper Murray Football Netball League. The Walwa Primary School has recently been modernised and offers great 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.