Gold Rush history at your fingertips
The guided walks in Beechworth take you through some of Australia’s most renowned historic sites. Within the township you will find streetscapes of preserved historic buildings and as you venture a little further, you’ll find remnants and marvels of the gold mining era and spectacular views. In your wanders you may pass the hideout of the Kelly Gag or what was once a teeming village of miners’ tents.
This town has an army of volunteers keen to take visitors on tours. There’s the Echoes of History Tour or the Ned Kelly Tour which both depart from the Beechworth Visitors Information Centre and provide an insight into the colourful history and stories of this fascinating town.
Ned Kelly won a bare-knuckle boxing match in Beechworth, that lasted 20 rounds. Ellen Kelly was sentenced to three years hard labour for the attempted murder of a policeman and spent some of that time in the Beechworth Gaol.
The walking tour of Beechworth departs the information centre at 1.15pm every day. It will take you down to the historic hospital façade, onto Billsons Brewery which houses the Carriage Museum, over Ford Street and into Queen Victoria Park and into the Lake Sambell Reserve which was once a gold mine.
The Beechworth Gorge Walk not only provides a wonderful view of the entire town, but the opportunity to see the area that became the Kelly gang’s hideout. The landscape has large granite outcrops, native forest, rockpools and cascades. You’ll visit the Newtown Bridge crafted by a Scottish stonemason in 1875 and beside the bridge, see a mining race 2.4 metres deep and 410 metres long.
The Taste of the Producers Walk brings together the town’s artisanal producers all with an easy stroll. A journey of taste, this walk is perfect for the experienced epicurean through to the foodie explorer. It offers everything from beer, wine, honey, mead, coffee to locally sources spring waters. The participating producers will happily take the time to chat and share samples.
These are just a few of the many guided experiences you can take in Beechworth and the surrounding areas.
For more information visit Explorebeechworth.com.au
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