OUT & ABOUT
Here we have provided you with some ideas for activites in and around Beechworth.
Beechworth - Historic Precinct
Take a self-guided walking tour around the collection of historic buildings including the Beechworth Historic Courthouse, Telegraph Station, Sub Treasury, Chinese Cultural Centre, Forestry Museum and the Robert O’Hara Burke Museum. These buildings were all constructed in the 1850’s from local honey coloured granite. Together they provide a fine reflection of a prosperous era.
Another self-guided walking tour takes in the legacy of the pioneers in our historic buildings, heritage streetscapes and houses. Details of these walking tours are available from the Visitor Info Centre.
Stand in the dock and cell where Ned Kelly stood during his committal hearing, and visit the sites of bushranger gang hideouts.
Further information from website: www.beechworthonline.com.au
Beechworth - township
More than 32 buildings are listed by the National Trust and Beechworth is regarded as Victoria's best preserved historic gold mining town, containing a rich legacy from the last century. Gold was first discovered in Beechworth in 1852. In fourteen years more than 4 million ounces or 115 tons of gold was found - with a value of 2 billion dollars (1997 gold prices).
Meander through the eclectic mix of shops and galleries, including antiques, old wares and local handcrafts.
Visit the award winning
Beechworth Sweet Co www.beechworthsweetco.com.au,
Beechworth Bakery www.beechworthbakery.com.au or the
Beechworth Honey Experience www.beechworthhoney.com.au
Visit Murray Breweries www.murraybreweries.com.au and taste gourmet cordial mixers or Bridge Road Brewers and try their many award winning beers www.bridgeroadbrewers.com.au
Visit the classical granite arches of the Goldfields Hospital facade.
See the Chinese burning towers in the cemetery. The tour follows a marked route around the cemetery. Pick up a brochure at the front gates and follow the arrows which will lead you to each historic grave.
Take a bus tour around the town of Beechworth with full commentary on the history of the town. Bookings are taken at the Visitor Info Centre. Website: www.beechworthonline.com.au
Walk around Lake Sambell
Follow the walking path around the banks of the lake – approx 30-40 minute round trip.
Lake Sambell to Lake Kerford
This 5km walk starts from the bridge over Spring Creek at the entrance to the park. It follows Spring Creek and Hurdle Creek to Lake Kerferd. Be sure to stay on the walking track as many of the mine shafts are deep and potentially dangerous.
The Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
The Rail Trail is a bitumen sealed bicycle trail following 98 kms of historic railway lines, from Wangaratta to Bright, via Myrtelford and connecting with Beechworth. www.murraytomountains.com.au
Mountain Bike Park
To find the trail drive out along High Street for 2.5km (road turns to dirt and becomes Alma Rd). Look for the big Beechworth Mountain Bike sign on your left on the corner of Alma and Greenwattle Roads. Simply follow the trail signs to ride the 'Cross Country Loop' and/or the 'Jumps Track'. The trails are marked out as a loop with options for 'easier', 'more difficult', 'advanced' and 'expert' tracks. Get out there and explore the trails. www.beechworthchaingang.com
Hire a Mountain Bike
Mountain Bike hire is available from Lake Sambell Caravan Park
A fantastic picnic spot at the scenic lookout on the road towards Myrtelford.
The turn off is at the head of the Buckland Gap to the left and provides magnificent views of farming land of Murmungee below. Wood fire BBQ facilities - sealed road except the last few kilometers (about ½ hour trip from Beechworth)
A lovely lake worthy of a picnic or afternoon stroll. Adjoins the recently established Chinese Gardens built to commemorate the Chinese population of the district.
Picnic tables and shelters. View the waterfall from the viewing platform or take the circular walk.