Things to do
Beechworth and the surrounding district are a treasure trove of natural beauty. You can take about an hour's walk or a 15-minute car drive to view some of the natural waterholes and waterfalls and the amazing rock boulders. Some of these rock boulders used to house aboriginal living areas. If you walk around in the early morning or at dusk, you may see kangaroos, wallabies and other wild life.
Colby Cottages offer access to the very best of all the beauty and attractions of North East Victoria and the High Country and is an ideal starting point for day trips.
Just a half hour drive to the nearby gourmet regions of Milawa (wine, cheese and crafts) or Rutherglen (wine, famous Parker pies and Corowa whiskey and chocolate).
The Victorian ski fields (Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo) are under 2 hours away – head to the snow for the day then come back and enjoy the evening in front of the crackling log fire.
Explore nearby Stanley, with apples, nuts and berries on sale in season and then visit historic Yackandandah.
Drive to historic Yackandandah and on to scenic Mt Beauty via the small township of Dederang. Lunch in Bright and return home via Myrtleford, stopping for a wine tasting at Gapsted Winery.
The cycling options around Beechworth are limited only by your imagination - Gravel, Touring, Road, Mountain or Rail Trails the list is long. So here are a few ...
Beechworth has an amazing bike track which is a 200 km sealed former railway line. You can hire bicycles in town.
Beechworth to Everton Rail Trail... Something for everyone in the one trail. Either charging down the smooth rail trail from Beechworth or grinding back up through the viaducts and over the old brick bridges built in the bygone era, you can just imagine sooty faces out the windows or the clickity-clack from the track and the steamy whistle from the mighty old train.
Beechworth Mountain Bike park... guests have ridden almost every mountain bike park all over this fine country of ours and Beechworth is way up there with the best of them, some words to describe the 10k loop would be, fast, flowing, rocks, rocks, rocks, technical, well signposted, gravel based, totally ride-able and a heap of fun. There is never a moments rest or time to loosen your grip on the bars, just how it should be. New sections are always being added or improved including “Snakes and Ladders” or “Don’t be a Hero trail” the new gravity jump and berm fest for the young or young at heart.
Tour of Beechworth... This is a classic Sunday morning 3 hr ride, with views, hills, low to no traffic and the views.... wow. Head north out of Beechworth on the Beechworth-Wodonga Road, turn right at the Wodonga-Yackandandah Road and head down into Yackandandah. Turn off towards Myrtleford and just after crossing the creek turn to the right into Back Creek Road. Follow south and turn left into Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road and then right into Dederang Road, turn right at Tunnel Gap Road and follow down to the Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road and turn left, continue along for approximately 10km and turn right into Stanley Road and up, up and up the back road into Stanley, following a drop back down into Beechworth to enjoy amazing coffee, treats and eats.
Visit the old Beechworth Gaol for an informative guided tour - daily 11am and 1pm, try the Echoes of History Tour or the Ned Kelly Tour which both depart from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre and provide an insight into the rich history and stories of this fascinating town.
In the area
Visit Lake Sambell for canoeing, fishing and swimming.
Spectacular after rainfall, the Woolshed Falls are a popular place to visit. Relax in the natural rock formations enjoying the atmosphere of the once bustling gold mining sites, the centre of one of Victoria's richest goldfields that lured thousands to the area in 1852 in search of gold. With over 2000 ounces (57 Kilograms) extracted from this site during the years of 1918-1920.
Beechworth Historic Park
Here you can walk through the rugged granite landscape and The Cascades, a series of waterfalls from Spring Creek. This is a great walk where you can take your dog with you. There are many points of interest on the way such as One Tree Hill, the Powder magazine and Newton bridge. This rugged landscape was the scene of many Kelly Gang exploits.
Mt Pilot Summit
Just a 15-20 minutes drive to the carpark, then take a short walk from the carpark to the 545 metre summit of Mount Pilot, where you are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, Mount Buffalo is easily recognisable on the southern horizon. The rock pools on the top of Mount Pilot are rare. The flowers of the pink Micromyrtus is quite spectacular in the springtime. Whilst it’s a short walk the reward is a stunning view, a place to sit and reflect, and of course many opportunities for photographs.
Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site
Considered a sacred site amongst local Indigenous people, the Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site illustrates the art of the Dhudhuroa people
The Yeddonba site boasts many significant areas including a rock shelter and bush tucker area. The site is of particular archaeological importance as it features an Aboriginal red-ochre painting, which is believed to be of a Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine), supporting the belief that the animal once inhabited the mainland. The thylacine, along with the goanna and snake, were the spirit animals of the local clans with the site serving as an important ritual location for the clan leaders.
A well laid-out circular walking track will take you by these significant sites, with information boards along the way to help narrate your journey. This walk can easily be completed in an hour.
In short, there is so much to see and do - you will want to come back!!