Bump into Beaufort as you make your way west of Ballarat and pull-up for fine country fare, wines from the Pyrenees, and invigorating forest walks.
Walking 'round Beaufort
Meander down the main street and admire the historic building styles dating back to the 1850s, when gold discoveries at nearby Fiery Creek launched Beaufort's days as a gold rush town.
Increase your energy levels and explore Mount Buangor State Park and Mount Cole State Forest. Admire the native orchids and other wildflowers during spring. Tackle the Beeripmo walking track, with its 360-degree views of the surrounding hills. Choose a stage or two of the walk, or set off on the complete two-day effort, sheltering in huts or pitching a tent in remote spots.
Food and wine
Replenish body and soul with the regional produce and cool-climate Pyrenees wines. Get a guaranteed good feed at any of the cafes lining Beaufort's main street.
Visit the wineries of the Pyrenees region. The wineries enjoy any opportunity to pull out all stops, offering occasional entertainment and menus designed by top chefs to complement specially selected wines from the region.
Grab the glowsticks and join the throngs flocking to Lexton, just north of Beaufort, for a summer weekend of music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing at the Rainbow Serpent Festival.