Located around three hours from Melbourne, not far off Australia’s highest and most scenic drive, the Great Alpine Road, Beechworth is a popular stopover for tourists and travellers through Victoria’s northeast. But with its historic charm and picturesque location in the alpine foothills, it’s also a wonderful holiday destination in its own right.
There are few Gold Rush towns where the history has been so well preserved. Whether you’re browsing the heritage-style stone shops around town for gifts and antiques, or spending a day in the Historic Precinct’s Burke Museum, Courthouse, Telegraph Station, Powder Magazine and Vault, Beechworth takes you back in time. Stories and characters from the mid-1800s are captured and brought to life here, including notorious bushranger and folk legend, Ned Kelly.
If you love to get out amongst nature, the lakes, mountains, forests and waterfalls around Beechworth won’t disappoint. Pack a picnic and visit Lake Sambell, or fish for your own lunch at Lake Kerford. Have your camera charged up for the striking Woolshed Falls, or get out on two wheels at Flame Trees and the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park.