Set in the picturesque surrounds of the Australian Alps, Beechworth is one of the state's best preserved 19th-century gold towns, with over 30 buildings listed by the National Trust. The grandeur of Beechworth's buildings can be explained by the fact that during the 1850s over four million ounces of gold were mined here. There is a delightful tale about Beechworth's heyday: the story goes that Daniel Cameron, a political candidate vying for support from the Ovens Valley community, rode at the head of a procession through the town on a horse shod with golden shoes. Sceptics claim they were merely gilded, but the tale offers a glimpse into the wealth of Beechworth during the gold rush.
Town Hall, 103 Ford St; (03) 5728 8065 or 1300 366 321
Nearby national parks
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Historic and cultural precinct This fantastic precinct provides a snapshot of 19th-century Beechworth. Featuring fine, honey-coloured granite buildings, the area incorporates the telegraph station, gold office, Chinese prospectors' office, town hall and powder magazine. Of particular interest is the courthouse, site of many infamous trials including Ned Kelly's, and where Sir Isaac Isaacs began his legal career. Also in the precinct is the Robert O'Hara Burke Memorial Museum, with the interesting 'Strand of Time' exhibition where 19th-century Beechworth shops are brought to life.
Beechworth Gaol Built in 1859, the original wooden gates of this gaol were replaced with iron ones when it was feared prisoners would break out in sympathy with Ned Kelly during his trial. The gaol is located in William St and is now open to the public for guided tours.
Walking tours: Ned Kelly and Gold Rush walking tours operate daily, and Ghost Tours are available at the former Mayday Hills Asylum; bookings at visitor centre.
Carriage Museum and Australian Light Horse Exhibition: National Trust horse-drawn carriage display and Australian Light Horse Exhibition housed at the historic Murray Breweries, which also offers turn-of-the-century gourmet cordial made to time-honoured recipes; 29 Last St.
Beechworth Honey Experience: interpretive display on the history of honey; includes a glass-fronted live bee display. A wide range of premium Australian honey is on offer in the concept shop; Cnr Ford and Church sts.
Harry Power's Cell: under the shire offices, where the 'gentleman bushranger' was once briefly held; Albert Rd.
Beechworth Cemetery This cemetery is a fascinating piece of goldfields history. More than 2000 Chinese goldminers are buried here. Twin ceremonial Chinese burning towers stand as a monument to those who died seeking their fortune far from home. Northern outskirts of town.
Beechworth wine region Wine writers advise that this boutique region is one to watch. Read more
Beechworth Historic Park: surrounds the town and includes Woolshed Falls Historical Walk through former alluvial goldmining sites.
Gorge Scenic Drive (5 km): starts north of town.
Beechworth Forest Drive: takes in Fletcher Dam; 3 km SE towards Stanley.
Kellys Lookout: at Woolshed Creek; about 4 km N.
Mt Pilot Lookout: views of Murray Valley, plus signposted Aboriginal cave paintings nearby; 5 km N.
Stanley: a historic goldmining settlement with fantastic views of the alps from the summit of Mt Stanley; 10 km SE.
Cafes & restaurants around town
Talented chef Michael Ryan champions top-notch regional produce at this gracious two-storey former bank dating back to 1856. There could be Nug Nug goat form Myrtleford, Hume Weir trout, local Murray Grey beef and... Find out more
The Green Shed Bistro
Housed in a historic 1860s printing office, where the local newspaper used to tell of infamous neighbour Ned Kelly’s activities and eventual trial in Beechworth, this casual country bistro has colourful artworks... Find out more
The Ox and Hound
This casual bistro is a welcome addition to Beechworth’s clutch of good eateries. The owners of Oxenbury Vineyard have played on the name to arrive at The Ox and Hound, while also serving some of their estate-grown... Find out more
Wardens Food & Wine
After exploring historic Beechworth, treat yourself and dine at Wardens. This beloved eatery is housed in an old pub and comprises a beautiful dining room with polished floorboards, clean lines and plenty of natural... Find out more
Bridge Road Brewers
Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more
Campsites around town
Reedy Creek camping area 9 km
In the southern section of the national park, several bush-camping sites are scattered alongside Reedy Creek, which winds from near Woolshed Falls to the fancifully named Eldorado gold dredge. To get here, take the road... Find out more
Stanley Forest camping areas 11 km
Numerous camping areas have been cleared alongside Yackandandah Creek – access is off Yack Gate Rd and Number One Rd. Make sure your chosen campsite is at least 20 m away from the creek or any other watercourse.... Find out more
North Cedars Holiday Park 31 km
On the northern fringe of Wangaratta, off the Old Hume Hwy, is the North Cedars Holiday Park. This is a tranquil spot, with plenty of trees and a reasonable amount of space allowed between each of the campsites. The... Find out more
Nug Nug Reserve camping area 34 km
This picturesque camping area has plenty of sites to spread out in, and facilities that include cold showers. There are also concrete tennis courts if you tire of water-based activities. Right next door is Mt Buffalo... Find out more
Richardsons Bend camping area 34 km
Take Kings Rd off the Old Barnawartha Rd to reach Richardsons Bend, which lies a few kilometres north-west of Barnawartha North. Note: like many of the tracks leading to sites beside the Murray River, this route is... Find out more
Doolans Bend camping area 36 km
Doolans Bend is one of many twists and turns in the Murray River to the immediate north-west of Barnawartha North. Fishing, canoeing and swimming tend to make up the daily agenda here, with long breaks between activities... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
North Cedars Holiday Park 31 km
Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more
Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 32 km
The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more
Painters Island Caravan Park 32 km
Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
Albury Central Tourist Park 39 km
This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
1860 Luxury Accommodation
This 1860s original timber slab hut has been carefully deconstructed from Taggerty in Victoria’s High Country, then beautifully restored and transformed into a private escape oozing warmth and character. Now... Find out more
Black Springs Bakery
Escape to Provence in this charming B&B housed in a cosy 19th-century stone barn, simply furnished in a South of France style – just five minutes from Beechworth. Meander through the olive grove or the quince... Find out more
& Luxury Suites
The former old stables and carriage houses at the rear of Provenance Restaurant – housed in the imposing historic bank building on the corner of the town’s main street – have been converted into four... Find out more
With Beechworth’s town attractions just a short walk away, Stone Cottage offers two self-contained and private accommodation options – The Cottage and The Barn. Just like the town, there is plenty of... Find out more
In the heart of flourishing apple, chestnut and berry farms about 10 kilometres from Beechworth, this gem of a country pub attracts locals and visitors alike with its genuine hospitality, bistro-style restaurant and... Find out more
Rest areas around town
Burgoigee Creek rest area 15 km
29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
Pioneer Bridges rest area 17 km
T/O to Markwood
Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.
Myrtleford park area 22 km
Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.
Ironbark rest area 24 km
38km NE of Wangaratta (L)
Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.
Chiltern rest area 25 km
29km SW of Wodonga (L)
Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.
Browns Plains rest area 35 km
18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)
Just off the highway among some large trees.
Eurobin rest area 35 km
17km SE of Myrtleford (L) or 15km NW of Bright (R)
Just off the highway at the old railway station site.