Wander through one of Victoria's richest goldfields on this pleasant walking trail west of the town, with views of waterfalls and rugged countryside. Natural features include woodlands, granite tors, spring wildflowers, stands of native cypress pine and Spring Creek, with its cascades and tranquil rock pools.
The effects of the goldstrikes on the landscape are evident too. The trail passes the impressive granite Newtown Bridge, built by Scottish stonemasons in 1875, the old Rocky Mountain gold mining tunnel and the restored Powder Magazine, where gunpowder used in mining was stored. The Precipice gives an excellent view over the Reids Creek goldfield and Fiddes Quarry looks as if the masons have downed tools only minutes ago.
Back in town, take the time to explore Beechworth's remarkable architectural heritage, from imposing hotels and government offices to miners' cottages and the gaol where Ned Kelly was once imprisoned.
Location: Beechworth Historic Park
Walk: 2.5 hours
Start: Beechworth Visitor Centre
Finish: Beechworth Visitor Centre.
Content: Tourism Victoria