Beechworth – worth its weight in gold

By Darren Stones

In the foothills of the Victorian Alps, Beechworth is a sight to behold in autumn. With tree lined streets ablaze with colour and a lolly shop to satisfy the choosiest of sweet tooth’s, pack up the car and spend a few days exploring its history.

Loch Street, Beechworth

Beechworth was the town where Ned Kelly won a bare knuckled boxing match which lasted 20 rounds. Today, visitors can experience the one hour Ned Kelly Guided Walking tour that departs from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre in Ford Street.

Ford Street, Beechworth

Fancy a pie or a coffee and cake? The Beechworth Bakery is a magnet for those with the munchies. The original single storey bakery was erected in 1857, and since then it’s been added to and undergone numerous renovations.

Beechworth Bakery, Beechworth

With fancy street lights and architecture of a bygone gold-mining era, Beechworth is a town that has retained its charm. The Post Office and former Bank of Victoria are two fine buildings which attract the eye at the intersection of Ford and Camp Streets.

Former Bank of Victoria, Beechworth

Post Office

Intersection of Ford and Camp Streets, Beechworth

The historic and cultural precinct features buildings such as the Gold Warden’s Office and Bush Telegraph Station. Most buildings in the precinct are open for inspection. Check for opening hours.

Gold Warden’s Office, Beechworth

A late afternoon stroll can be taken along the shore of Lake Sambell and a picnic area with gas BBQs is located by the lake in the Rotary Park.

Lake Sambell, Beechworth

Spring Creek and the Gorge Scenic Drive are a must. Within a short distance from the town centre, there are waterfalls and rugged granite outcrops.

Spring Creek, Beechworth


Beechworth Visitor Information Centre
Town Hall
Ford Street Beechworth VIC
Phone: 03 5728 8065


Beechworth Bakery
27 Camp Street Beechworth VIC
Phone: 03 5728 1132

The Beechworth Sweet Company
7 Camp Street Beechworth VIC
Phone: 03 5728 2060


Beechworth Motor Inn
54 Sydney Road Beechworth VIC
Phone: 03 5728 1301
Proprietors: Robert and Jenelle Ransom


Tanswells Commercial Hotel – opened 1853
50 Ford Street Beechworth VIC
Phone: 03 5728 1480

Hibernian Hotel – established 1868
40 Camp Street Beechworth VIC
Phone: 03 5728 2028

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  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 6 years ago

    What fab images and information Daz. Can’t wait to visit in autumn. Cheers very much, Elana.

  • Autumn is the best time for sure, Elana. Glad you enjoyed this taster.

    – Darren Stones

  • InPort
    InPortabout 6 years ago

    Darren, You have produced a great tour guide filled with humour, information and excellent photography to back up the narrative.
    Beechworth is now on my “must-see-if-I-ever-get-the-chance” list.

  • Dennis, maybe you like your munchies like me. :)
    It’s a beaut spot – well away from the hustle and bustle. Gorgeous scenery and friendly locals. Cheers.

    – Darren Stones

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful place… excellent images and info thank you… must see for sure !!! :D

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...about 6 years ago

    really fantastic work and you’ve captured the essence of the place well , love it there especially the bakery where they have a jazz band , well they used to!!.

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic Darren, makes me more determined than ever to get to Australia one of these days,, beautiful work, and all of the above comments too :)). You should get a job producing tourist brochures………I would hire you seeing this as a sample of your work.

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 6 years ago

    Our built in travel guide, thank you Darren!

  • Damien Pearse
    Damien Pearseabout 6 years ago

    nice write up Darren. I like Beechworth but found the bakery to be very overrated

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful pics Darren, and great write up! Love Beechworth, but Yack’s got a better bakery damo and I think is even prettier (of course I may be biased about the prettier thing as I grew up in Yackandandah, hehe).

  • AmandaWitt
    AmandaWittabout 6 years ago

    Great pics!

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 6 years ago


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