Exploring & Touring

Get out and explore some of Beechworth's historic and scenic sights. See Beechworth's beautiful gardens and walking tracks, experience food and wine, visit nearby towns or partake in a guided tour with an experienced tour guide.

Beechworth's Heritage Gardens

Beechworth’s Heritage gardens are famous for their plantings, colour and history. Many are in walking distance of Beechworth town centre. Seasonal tours are sometimes available.

For more information visit Gardens of Interest on this website.

Bushwalking & Walking

There are a variety of trails in Beechworth and the surrounding area. Extensive tracks have been created in and around Beechworth to cater for those seeking a short stroll or an all day adventure. View old goldfields, wild orchids and unusual geological formations.

Several Guided Walking Tours are offered by the Visitor Information Centre and bookings can be made via this website. There is also a self guided Heritage Walk of the Central Business District. A free brochure is available from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre.

Beechworth is surrounded by acres of spectacular National and State forest land; Beechworth Historic Park, Stanley State Forest, Woolshed Falls Historic Walk, White Box Walk and Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park. The tranquil beauty of eucalyptus and native cypress forests, winding creeks, steep gullies and rugged granite outcrops provide an exciting opportunity to explore natural and historical attractions close to the town of Beechworth.

Stanley State Forest
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White Box Walk
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Beechworth Historic Park

A variety of short and long walks in and around the Gorge and Lake Kerferd allow visitors to explore the natural and historical features of this historic park. You can drive, cycle or walk along the sealed Gorge Scenic Drive for spectacular views of the granite landscape, local gold mining history and the surrounding countryside. Some of the walks can be steep so walkers should ensure they have suitable footwear, water, sunscreen and a snack.

Gorge Walking Tracks

Here you will find scenic views of the northern section of Beechworth and you may see a rare orchid or wallaby at the same time. The walks connect fascinating sites that tell our adventure story about the search for gold: the Powder Magazine, the Spring Creek Cascades, The Precipice, One Tree Hill, Reids Creek Goldfields, Woolshed Falls, Ingrams Rock, and Fiddes Granite Quarry. The rugged landscapes of the park provide opportunities to explore natural and historical features close to the historic township of Beechworth.

Walk to Lake Kerferd

From Beechworth it is a great 5km bush walk to Lake Kerferd, which provides Beechworth's water. This 5km walk starts from the bridge over Spring Creek on Peach Drive, near Lake Sambell. 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. This walk meanders past old mining sites, set within a prolific array of tall gums; blue, white-barked brittle and peppermint; and continues past Patterson Dam, built to establish a water supply for mining. It is also a popular fishing and picnic area.

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Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park

Located between Beechworth and the low hills surrounding Chiltern is 21,565ha of National Park including the striking Mt Pilot Range and Woolshed Falls. It protects a Box-Ironbark forest that contains a diverse range of natural and historic landscapes.

Chiltern - Mt Pilot Park contains the highest number of mammal, bird and reptile species recorded at any Box-Ironbark site. Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the park including threatened woodland species such as the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Turquoise Parrot and Square Tailed Kite. Eastern Grey Kangaroos can be seen grazing during late afternoon and Black Swamp Wallabies are often observed darting out from rocky outcrops.

Well formed vehicle tracks throughout the park provide access to a variety of short or day-long walks and are suitable for cycling, horse riding and low key car and four - wheel drive touring. The park also provides excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and environmental studies. Download the visitor guide for more information and maps.

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Beechworth to Milawa Gourmet Trail

Beechworth and surrounds has some of the best food and wine available in the state. To get just a sample of what we have to offer take a drive from Beechworth to Milawa and enjoy many treats along the way. You can do the trip in 3 hours or take all day.

From Beechworth head out along the Beechworth Wangaratta Road, 10mins down the road you will arrive at the Indigo Vineyard Cellar Door, enjoy our beautiful wines and grab a coffee for the road and directions.

Head left out our drive and follow the signs to Milawa Gourmet Region. Stop in at EV Olives for great local olives and oils.

On arrival in Milawa you will have plenty to choose from including Mustards, Cheese Factory & Cellar Doors. 

Cycling & Mountain Bike Riding

Whatever type of cycling you are looking for Beechworth is the place to find it. Australia’s Premier Rail Trail, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail arrives right in the middle of town. The Trail goes from Beechworth to Bright and Beechworth to Springhurst providing a safe and pleasurable way to explore in and around Beechworth and North East Victoria.

If Mountain Biking is your go then the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park, which on its own is considered one of the best places to mountain bike ride in Australia is easily accessible. The Beechworth Mountain Bike Park is only 2km from the centre of town.

More information about bike riding in and around Beechworth can be obtained from the 'Bike Riding' menu of this website.

Gold Panning, Prospecting & Fossicking

In Victoria, a prospector or fossicker requires a Miner’s Right which is a permit to prospect for minerals on unreserved Crown Land or private land where the permission of the landowner has been granted. A Victorian Miners Right is valid for 2 years and can be purchased from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre.

More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Primary Industries website.

Guided & Self-Guided Town Tours

Both Guided and Self-Guided town tours are offered in Beechworth more information can be found in the Guided Walking Tours and the Heritage Walking Tour sections of this website.

Lake Sambell Reserve & Fletchers Dam

Beechworth's pretty 'man-made' lake and popular recreational family spot offers two electric barbeques, picnic tables, seating, adventure playground facilities, a man-made Sandy Beach enhancing the swimming, fishing and a Bocchi court. Lake Sambell is located within walking distance of the Beechworth Post Office.

Lake Sambell was once the site of the Rocky Mountain Mining Company open cut sluice operation during the mid 1800s and the early 1900s. In the 1920s the area was created into a recreational lake and reserve for the citzens of Beechworth. This impressive re-development is on a major gold mine site where hydraulic sluicing severely impacted on the environment and landscape. This area has been attractively rejuvenated into a beautiful lake in the heart of Beechworth.

The Chinese Gardens, guarded by a pair of Chinese Lions at the entrance to Rocky Mountain Tunnel (not open to the Public) add interest to this area. The Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail has been extended so that it passes through the reserve. Extensive work has been undertaken to provide walking trails throughout the reserve.

Fletchers Dam is another popular picnic, fishing and swimming hole, a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.

Motorcycling

There is now a 'Motorcycling the Snowy Mountains' booklet available this has been supported by the Councils, Tourism Snowy Mountains and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Copies of the booklet are distributed by the Tourist Information Centres listed in the booklet or you can download a copy via this website.

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Mt Stanley & Murmungee Lookout

At Mt Stanley you will find great views of the surrounding area. The approach is via a dry weather road only. The Murmungee Lookout also provides excellent views and a picnic area. It is difficult in wet weather to approach.

Newtown Falls & Bridge

Spanning Spring Creek, Scottish masons constructed the bridge in 1875. Immediately upstream from the bridge is the site of the first gold discovery in Beechworth.

Pedal to Produce

Imagine the perfect foodies holiday: cycling from a quaint village café, down a country road to taste award winning wines and onto a farm gate to pick up some fresh regional produce and meet the farmer who grew it. For more information visit the Bike Riding section of this website.

For more information visit www.victoriashighcountry.com.au

Stanley Township

The Beechworth Forest Drive takes you past the hamlet of Stanley, once a bustling goldmining town during the 1850's. The town had a number of hotels, a bakery, general store, boot maker, carpenter, butcher, saw mill, brewery and inn.

Today, Stanley has a general store and a pub, which stands on the original site of the old Star Hotel.In season, there is a delicious array of local produce: apples, nuts and berries for  purchase. Close to Stanley township is Mt Stanley, with spectacular views from the summit of the Victorian Alps and surrounding forest.

Woolshed Falls

This area offers many picnic spots, public toilets and swimming holes, however care is needed around the thundering falls. Today at Woolshed Falls there is little to suggest that it was once the centre of one of the richest goldfields in Victoria. A five minute drive north of Beechworth you will have the opportunity to view the falls, have a picnic or take a self-guided walk around the alluvial gold workings. The falls are spectacular after heavy rainfalls.

Off Road Driving & Trail Bike Riding

Explore the area where old mining sites, abandoned villages and beautiful forests can be discovered along the way. The track varieties are enormous, with plenty of challenges from beginners to experienced.