Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 13 BEECHWORTH Things to do in Beechworth • Give your mountain bike a workout on the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park, at the top of Alma Road and surrounded by the Australian bush. • Take a self-guided tour of the Beechworth Cemetery, established in 1856. It contains graves of many Beechworth pioneers as well as Chinese burning towers. • Enjoy a refreshing swim at Lake Sambell and little Fletchers Dam. • Fishing for red fin, yellow belly or rainbow trout at Lake Kerferd and Lake Sambell. • Discover Beechworth’s less well-known history, rich with tales of great escapes, betrayal and even romance, at the Beechworth Gaol. Step back to a town’s bir th Beechworth offers fresh country air and plentiful culinary experiences, which are big on, but not limited to, the gourmet. You’ll also find plentiful opportunities to indulge in old-fashioned sweet treats, too. The town’s prime position on the upper tablelands makes it the perfect spot to sample local produce and meet the producers. And, of course, learn about the town’s gold rush history. Gold was first discovered near the present site of the Newtown Bridge in 1852. By November of that year some 1500 miners had descended on the area. Just two months later that number had multiplied to approximately 8000. By 1853 a township began to form and the name Beechworth was bestowed. Visit the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct and its collection of nationally significant buildings that tell the local story of how Australia grew and prospered. Take a tour around the precinct to see the Beechworth Historic Courthouse, the Robert O’Hara Burke Memorial Museum, Ned Kelly Vault, telegraph station and powder magazine. The temperate climate ensures Beechworth is the perfect holiday destination for everyone - four seasons of the year. In summer months enjoy a refreshing swim at Lake Sambell and little Fletchers Dam. For all year round activities there is fishing at Lake Kerferd and Lake Sambell, with red fin, yellow belly or rainbow trout up for the catch. Spend quality time in Beechworth with a stay at the fully refurbished, four-star Best Western Beechworth Motor Inn. Within cooee of some of the town’s best-kept links to the town’s past at the magnificent Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct, the motor inn is also close to unique galleries, picturesque Lake Sambell, Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and numerous wineries. The smallest Best Western property in the world, Beechworth Motor Inn has just 10 rooms, but they contain all that you’ll need for a comfortable and memorable stay. Best Western Beechworth Motor Inn supports historic tourism in the township with special packages that promote ghost tours, tours of the old gaol, and winery and restaurant meals. GOLDEN HORSESHOE FESTIVAL Held across the Easter long weekend each year, the Beechworth Golden Horseshoe Festival is the biggest annual event on the town’s calendar. The four day event, from April 19 to 22, 2019, celebrates Beechworth’s rich history and offers plenty of activities to delight the whole family, including music, buskers, markets, a fun run, children’s activities, grand parade and a golden Easter egg hunt. Take time in Beechworth to explore its historic streets and buildings. Photo: Visit Victoria