Travelling Australia - Beechworth

by James Featherby April. 06, 2021 815 views
Historic Beechworth Prison

Historic Beechworth Prison

Once again I am happy to share one of my favourite places to visit within Australia. My last blog talked about the town of Bright, tucked away in north east Victoria which is the southernmost state of mainland Australia. The reason I mention it is if you are visiting Bright, you may as well include in your travels another picturesque and interesting town nearby. About an hour away by car is the town of Beechworth.

Beechworth was originally named Mayday Hills and was only cattle grazing land. In 1852 gold was discovered and the gold rush began with people arriving from not only Australia but from UK, USA and Asia in the hope of finding their fortune. The population suddenly rose to 8000 and the town became a thriving mining town. The name was changed to Beechworth in 1862.

Main street of Beechworth

Main street of Beechworth

Today Beechworth is a popular holiday destination. As you enter the main street you will see it lined with historic old buildings, some constructed of stone. The town even has a historic prison in the main street. The buildings are still standing and now house businesses, cafes, gift shops, restaurants and hotels.

The town is full of historic interest with no shortage of things to do. One of the hotels has a laneway at the back where the famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, is said to have kept his horse hidden while he went for a drink.

If shopping is your thing there are some interesting shops including Beechworth Honey and the popular Beechworth Bakery. The town has breweries and is surrounded by wineries and forest. One of the caravan parks is beside Lake Sambel which is a man made lake built for the gold processing industry in it's day.

For those who don't scare easy, I recommend a visit to The Old Mental Asylum, and do the night time ghost tour. It is both entertaining and a good history lesson. The building is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Australia. I must say many sceptics, including my wife, left the tour with a different point of view.

Beechworth is another place I love to return to, interesting and great for photos.

Roundabout in the main street of Beechworth

Roundabout in the main street of Beechworth

If you go to Beechworth I would also recommend a day visit to the nearby town of Yakandandah which is only a 15 minute drive away. It's a smaller town but also has a gold rush history. A pretty little place with a few cafes and bakeries. A bit quieter than Beechworth.

More can be seen at my website.

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Sabine Phb 1 month ago

Lovely to see Australia through your lens. Australia is high on my bucket list for country’s to visit and southern Australia is certainly on the maps. Your photo’s make it even more attractive. I liked #4 the roundabout with the extreme wide-angle a lot.

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James Featherby Replied to Sabine Phb 1 month ago

Glad you enjoyed it Sabine, hope you visit here one day.

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Thomas Thompson 1 month, 1 week ago

What a fantastic set, now I need to go look at your other entries, Like you said on my blog about yellowstone, this is the only way I am going to see Australia   Thanks for sharing

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James Featherby Replied to Thomas Thompson 1 month ago

Thanks Thomas glad you enjoyed them. Lots more on my website.

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Craig Casterline 1 month, 1 week ago

Nice shots. Focusing on the first two vehicles, #5 looks like it is out of the 1950s.

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James Featherby Replied to Craig Casterline 1 month ago

Thanks Craig,  Yes that whole town is a step back in time.

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