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Fairfax Media’s travel editor, Anthony Dennis, gave Beechworth the top national ranking in his list of great destinations in Australia (2014). He noted top-notch bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and boutique accommodation.


We love to show off the extraordinary magic of our beautiful region so we are happy to recommend activities and advise you how you can make the most of your stay. You can also check out our growing trove of things to do and and experience in Beechworth and surrounding areas below.

 

Each accommodation has a library of local information, maps, guide books and essential contacts. These links here provide a shortlist to help you plan your visit. For more information visit: explorebeechworth.com.au & beechworth.com.

 

Around Stanley

Stanley – historic hamlet on the plateau 200m above Beechworth. For local information visit stanleyvictoria.com.au. Walking and cycle path maps are available in your accommodation.

The Pub – Stanley/Myrtleford Rd – serves good bistro food. Call to book on 03 5728 6502 – generally open Wed – Sat dins, Thurs – Sun lunch. Local produce and wines. Child friendly. stanleypub.com.au

Newspapers, ice-creams and basics – visit the Post Office in the Old School in Stanley – daily 8.30 am – 10.30 am and on weekends, 9am – 11am.

Hire our local halls for your function/workshop or special event. The Old School, the Memorial Hall and the Recreation Reserved Hall. stanleyvictoria.com.au

Great fruit, berries and nuts and other local produce.

Anita’s Farm Shop – Hillsborough Farm –Mount Stanley Rd. – Serves coffee! [email protected] | localproduceguide.com.au/nuts
Snowline Fruit – Stanley Myrtleford Road – world class fruit and nut producers
Sinclair’s Shed – centre of Stanley – cherries (in season), apples and cider
Pick your own berries in December /Jan – Highgrove Farm, Mt Stanley Road – turn left at T junction in Stanley and travel 2 kms. highgroveberriesstanley.com.au.

 

Where to eat

Project 49 – fine Italian/Beechworth cuisine, wines, delicatessen and produce. Open breakfast and lunch. Late bar on Friday. Sister to renowned Project 49 Restaurant, Collingwood Melbourne. 46 – 48 Ford Street, Beechworth. T: (03) 5728 1599 projectfortynine.com.au

Bridge Road Brewers – 50 Ford Street, Beechworth. Acclaimed artisan brewery also serving great pizzas and light meals. Open daily. bridgeroadbrewers.com.au

Provender Cafe– Local wines, light meals, coffee, cake and produce. 18 Camp Street, Beechworth. T: (03) 5728 2650 beechworthprovender.com.au

Blyntz Cafe – Coffee roaster, coffee, cake light meals (breakfast/lunch). 4 Ford Street, Beechworth. T:0423589 962 coffeeroastersbeechworth.com.au

Peddlar Cafe – light meals – licensed. 40 Ford St, Beechworth. T: (03) 5728 1843. thepedlar.com.au

The Pantry – Light meals, coffee, amazing cakes (also to order), cheese and produce.  77 Ford St, Beechworth. T: (03) 5728 2456  beechworthpantry.com.au

Cellar Wine Store – Fine local and international wines, tasting pates, cheese, coffee and cake.  62 Ford Street Beechworth. T: 03 5728 2882 cellardoorwinestore.com.au

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The Stanley Pub – 6 – 12 Stanley/Myrtleford Rd – gastro pub Book online or call 03 5728 6502. Lunch, dinner, functions. Generally open Wed – Sat dins, Thurs – Sun lunch.  stanleypub.com.au

Provenance2 Hat Restaurant – upscale fusion Japanese – bookings essential – online. 86 Ford Street, Beechworth T: 03 5728 1786 –. Open Wed – Sat 6pm to 11pm. theprovenance.com.au

Ox and Hounds – Fine Italian Bistro –  Bookings advised, 52 Ford Street, Beechworth. T:5728 2123 Lunch Friday to Sunday. Dinner Friday to Tuesday 6pm. oxandhound.com.au

The Press Room –Spanish-inspired tapas, wine Bar – 37 Camp Street, Beechworth  Dinner Wed to Sun 6pm –  T: 03 5728 2360 thepressroomwinebar.com.au

George Kerford Hotel Restaurant – inventive seasonal produce menus – mid-priced. Albert Avenue, Mayday Hills, Beechworth. Lunch Wed – Sun, Dinner Wed to Sat. W: gkhotel.com.au T: 03 5728 2618  gkhotel.com.au/fooddrink   Child friendly. Also available for functions and weddings.

Amulet Vineyard – wine, cider and good cuisine  T: 03 5727 0420 amuletvineyard.com.au

Gapstead Winery – Good Wines and great food – Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford. Cellar door and restaurant.  www.gapstedwines.com.au

Lupo’s Kiln Café – Italian home made lunch/ dinner café – 134 Gt Alpine Road, Myrtleford 03 5752 2310 luposkilncafe.com.au

Cafe Fez – at Red Ramia, Myrtleford – Moroccan Food in an “Aladin’s Cave” antique and homewares warehouse. redramia.com.au

Brown Brothers Winery and Restaurant – Milawa. Excellent gourmet meals at Patricia’s Table Restaurant. Book online or by phone. T: 03 5720 5540. brownbrothers.com.au

Milawa Cheese Factory – Milawa – restaurant and cheese/bread/chocolate supplier. 17 Factory Road, Milawa.T: 03 57573589.  milawacheese.com.au

King River Café – 1143 Snow Road, Oxley – (near Milawa) T: 03 5727 3461  kingrivercafe.com.au

Thousand Pound Wine Bar, Restaurant and Store – 82 Main Street, Rutherglen. Dinner Fri and Sat from 5.30pm. T:  02 6032 8179 thousandpound.com.au

All Saints Winery and Terrace Restaurant –  315 All Saints Road, Wahgunyah, nr. Rutherglen. T: 1800 021 621. One hat restaurant.  allsaintswine.com.au

Jones Winery and Restaurant – French menu and great wines. 61 Jones Road, Rutherglen. T: 02 6032 8496. joneswinery.com.au

Pickled Sisters’ Café at Cofield Wines – rustic, fabulous, seasonal dishes. Open 6 days Wed to Monday 10am – 3pm. Tastings at Cofields. Distillery Road, Wahgunah.. T: 02 6033 2377. pickledsisters.com.au

Private dining – Planetrees can assist with arranging tasting plates or a private chef for guests staying at the Lodge. Send us an enquiry.
The Lodge has a fully equipped “gourmand’s” kitchen and both the Lodge and the Art Suite have a BBQ.

Planetrees wood fired oven is available for hire with a chef.
You are invited to forage for seasonal produce in Planetrees extensive herb garden and orchard.

Super Ritchies IGA – 3 Harper Avenue, Beechworth. ritchies.com.au

Goldfield’s Grocer –  Fruit, Veg, Cheese, dry goods, artisan bread, local eggs – general grocer – 61 Ford Steet, Beechworth.

Gourmet Delicatessens – Project 49 and the Pantry (see dining), Goldfields Grocer

Gourmet Butcher – 70 Ford Street Beechworth

Free range Lamb – Indigo Vineyard, (on the Wangaratta Road to Beechworth (see wineries)

Your Everyday Gourmet Butcher – Wangaratta – Master Butcher, 25 Rowan Street. (03) 5721 3444  youreverydaygourmet.com.au

Artisan BreadSilvercreek Sourdogh by Lou Ritchy Beechworth Sour Dough Bakery – behind 42 Gilcrest Av car park, Beechworth opposite Montessori School. Order pizza bases/bread and the best crumpets ever! . Open Wed – Fri 8am – 5.30pm. Tuesday 10am – 6.30pm. T: 0413 087 563.

Beechworth Food Co-op – next to the Sour Dough Bakery – Open Wed – Fri 2pm – pm and 9am – 2pm Sat. Off Gilcrest Road, top of Albert St, opposite Montesori School.

Fruit and Berries –Several Seasonal operators in Stanley – Snowline Fruit Farm Shop, 5kms from Stanley village – 507 Myrtleford Stanley Road, Stanley. T:03 5728 6584.

Chestnuts, Cherries and Berries – (in Season) pick your own – High Grove, Mount Stanley Road, Stanley. T:03 5728 6526

Gourmet Cheese – The Pantry, Project 49, Cellar Wine Store, Goldfield’s Grocer

Tolpuddle Goats Cheese and Farm Foods – (Off the road between Wangaratta and Beechworth), 70 Rusholme Road, Tarrawingee. T: (03) 5725 1759 – Open 10am – 4pm. tolpuddle.com.au

Local Produce Market in Beechworth on the last weekend of each month at the Anglican Church at the top of Ford Street.

For other markets in the region see indigoshire.vic.gov.au/tourism_events

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What to do

Useful Links: Beechworth.com | Explore Beechworth

Beechworth Barrel Tours – Gourmet – Five hours, Five courses, Five wineries – tours of up to 10 people – bookings essential –  beechworthbarreltours.com.au

 

Beechworth based tastings – Local and International wines

Cellar Wine Store – Fine local and international wines, tasting pates, cheese, coffee and cake.  62 Ford Street Beechworth. T: 03 5728 2882 cellardoorwinestore.com.au

Project 49 – fine Italian/Beechworth cuisine, wines, delicatessen and produce. Open breakfast and lunch. Late bar on Friday. Sister to renowned Project 49 Restaurant, Collingwood Melbourne. 46 – 48 Ford Street, Beechworth. T: (03) 5728 1599 projectfortynine.com.au

 

Wineries Beechworth – full list of wineries beechworthvineyards.com.au

Pennyweight – certified biodynamic wines – pennyweight.com.au

Smith’s Vineyardfightinggully.com.au/vineyards/smiths

Indigo Vineyard –Pinot Noir and Chardonnay indigovineyard.com.au

Amulet Vineyard – wine, cider and good cuisine – amuletvineyard.com.au

 Some of Australia’s best boutique wineries reside around Beechworth –tastings only by appointment.

Giaconda – internationally renowned  giaconda.com.au

Castagna – biodynamic – castagna.com.au

Savaterre – boutique – quality – supplies Emirates  1st Class – savaterre.com

Sorrenberg – certified organic winery – Gammay is a must  sorrenberg.com

Golden Ball – entire process made on site, awarded goldenball.com.au

Virago Winery – Excellent nebbiolos made by Giaconda winery –viragobeechworth.com.au

Murray to Mountain Rail Trial Ride – victoriashighcountry.com.au/murray-to-mountains-rail-trail

There are extensive mountain bike tracks in both Stanley and Beechworth beechworth.com/bike_riding,

Gourmet Cycling Tours – tourdevines.com.au/

Cycle Hire and pick up services

Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth offer free bikes (Ford Street)

Beechworth Cycles and Saws – bike hire – velogear.com.au

Bike pick up – Beechworth Mini Buses, (03) 5728 3112; Bus a Bike Myrtleford, (03) 5752 2974.

Beechworth’s sophisticated shopping street has earned a reputation among retailers of being (arguably) “the best shopping street in rural Australia”.  No neon signs, franchise shops, pokies or video game stores in this street.  Parking is convenient and the street is pleasantly shaded by generous verandahs while the sidewalks are planted with big tubs of colourful shrubs and trees.  It is clear that Beechworth nurtures great civic pride.

This beautifully preserved Victorian street offers stylish boutiques selling high quality clothing sourced nationally and internationally (including merino mink, alpaca and other woollen products), homewares, giftware, books, earthy cafes, edgy wine bars, pubs, sweet and chocolate shops, ice-creams and gelato, many specialty food shops with a good range of locally grown and/ or made artisan wares that you would not find elsewhere.

Beechworth Elysian Beauty – 28B Camp St, Beechworth. T: 0439 477 225 See Facebook for more information.

The Spa at Beechworth –  Mayday Hills – Albert Road, Beechworth T: 03 5728 3033   thespabeechworth.com.au

Beechworth Massage – Theraputic – 3/74 Ford St, Beechworth T: 0419 505 853 beechworthmassage.com.au

Beechworth and the Indigo Hills have many rich histories awaiting your exploration

Beechworth itself is celebrated as one of the best preserved Gold towns in Australia.

There are 32 buildings here classified by the National Trust including many handsome granite government buildings of the Victorian era.

Mount Pilot (between Chiltern and Beechworth) is home to an exceptional collection of aboriginal wall paintings.

The Bourke Museum offers fascinating stories and evidence of the past including one of the best collections of the history of Ned Kelly who travelled these rocky hills and was finally imprisoned in Beechworth Gaol. Other aspects of natural and cultural history of this region are also beautifully documented in the museum.

There are daily tours of the Victorian past led by people dressed in colonial costume. They walk you through the streets, telling the stories of life that took place here along the way. Mayday Hills, an extensive Victorian asylum set in magnificent gardens at the top of Beechworth is the scene of ghost tours and tree walks.

Adventure – agri-venture – dark skies and so much more.

The landscape of North East Victoria is captivating in its expansive, wild beauty.  Mountains, rivers forests and networks of magnificent valleys offer stunning vistas to the snow covered Victorian Alps.  From Lake Hume in the north to Mount Buffalo and Mount Hotham in the south you will find kilometres of bushwalking tracks, fabulous kayaking and fishing, waterfalls, mountains to climb and an abundance of native flora and fauna along your path.

Visit Lake Sambell and the Chinese Gardens (Beechworth), Lake Kerford (Stanley), Woolshed Falls (Beechworth), Murmungee Lookout (Beechworth), Mount Stanley Forest and Lookout (Stanley).

Useful link:   rivertoridgeadventuretours.com

 

Agricultural tourism is gaining momentum here with the High Country Harvest Festival and “paddock to plate” cycle tours highcountryharvest.com.auDark sky tourism encourages us to look up to appreciate the magnificent light show that takes place in the night sky in this landscape that is free of the bleaching of city lights.  darkskyvic.org.

The north east Victoria is a haven for creative inspiration and the communities here are strong supporters of cultural events. The North East has a long standing reputation for attracting talented artists, musicians and writers.  There is a regular program of music played in the hotels in Beechworth and at George Kerford Hotel (Mayday Hills) featuring local and visiting talents.

The lively and committed Arts Councils of Indigo Shire ensure there is a steady flow of engaging events taking place throughout the year.  Some stand-out examples include Opera in the Alps (January) , the Golden Horseshoes Festival (Easter)  WRAP – Readers, Writers and Poets weekend (February), Wangaratta International Jazz Festival (November). For a full program visit eventbrite.com.au 

Search – El Dorado Pottery Gallery, John Dermer’s Pottery Studio Yackandandah, Yackandandah Art Galleries (e.g. Charles Sluga), Smoko High Country Forge, Harrietville.

Regional galleries and performance centres within 40 minutes include Albury (MAMA), Wangaratta (Performance Centre and Art Gallery), Wodonga “Cube” performance centre, Hothouse Theatre and Wodonga Art Space.

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