Stretch your legs in the laid-back town of Beaufort on the lands of the Wadawurrung People. Stop in en route to Ararat and make the most of the buzzing local cafes before exploring scenic walking trails close to the centre of town.
Wander down the peaceful main street, where historic architecture dates back to the 1850s, stopping into local shops and quaint eateries. Browse the nearby craft and antique shops and pick out a unique piece to take home with you.
Pack up the family for a day at Beaufort Lake, a great spot for a picnic lunch and a stroll by the water. Visitors and locals alike also use the lake for fishing, waterskiing, swimming and boating.
Venture further afield to Mount Buangor and Mount Cole State Forest to see native orchids and wildflowers in bloom during the springtime. Challenge yourself to a hike along the Beeripmo walking track. Choose from a single-day walk or stretch your legs on the complete the full two-day hike.
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Peckish? Fuel up at the restaurants and cafes lining Beaufort's main street. The Pyrenees Pantry, formerly known as Three Troupers Pantry, is a local favourite with great coffee and homely country fare.
Head to Pyrenees' vineyards to sample cool-climate wines and sample the local fare. Choose from progressive menus designed by top chefs to complement the local wines.
Check out the annual Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally to see old steam-powered machinery, from old tractors to vintage caravans. If you're down to boogie, pack a tent and load up on glowsticks for the Rainbow Serpent Festival, a weekend-long event of music, arts and performance in nearby Lexton.