Get a taste of what's cooking in Beechworth, a village with an acclaimed food and wine scene set amid stunning gold rush architecture. Take a stroll through this picturesque township, filled with lush green trees, boutiques and renowned restaurants and cafes. And visit in autumn to experience an explosion of colour as the leaves turn to golden yellows, rich reds and vibrant oranges.
Roam Beechworth on paths paved with gold during the 1850s gold rush, which left an impressive legacy of over 30 National Trust-listed buildings for today's visitors. Visit the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct and see the gaol that hosted bushranger Ned Kelly, the 1850s Telegraph Station and take a ghostly tour of the Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum.
Food and wine
Uncover wealth of a different kind, with Beechworth's abundance of prized eateries. Compete for a reservation at Provenance and have your degustation dinner created by celeb-chef Michael Ryan, The Age Good Food Guide Chef of the Year, or relax with pizza and beer at Bridge Road Brewers.
Visit during the High Country Harvest Festival and soak up the town's autumnal splendour. Join in the party and meet the makers of some of Victoria's finest food, wine and craft beer.
Study restaurant wine lists for local cool-climate chardonnay and pinot noir. Call ahead to visit renowned wineries such as Giaconda for drinkable souvenirs.
Shopping and spa
Delve behind period shopfronts containing fine antique stores, craft shops and boutiques. Stock up on cheeses from Larder and keep the bees busy at Beechworth Honey, one of the most famous honey brands in Australia. Stop in for tastings and learn about honey making and bee keeping.
Follow up a busy day on the shopping trail with a visit to the popular Beechworth Spa, located in the historic gardens at Mayday Hills Village.