About the neighbourhood

Beechworth is within a half hour drive to some of Australia's finest wine and gourmet food producing regions including King Valley, Milawa, Beechworth itself, Rutherglen and Chiltern. Beechworth boasts a two hat restaurant, fine pubs, an artisan brewery and many other sophisticated dining experiences. Stanley also has a renowned pub just over the road from Bloomfield. The area is also rich with a network of historic gold towns and well preserved cultural heritage. There is a festival someone near almost every weekend. Music plays a strong role presenting jazz, Celtic, country music and even Opera in the Alps.

Activities nearby

Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby.

The property lies within an amphitheatre of State eucalypt forest on the edge of the charming, historic, gold mining hamlet of Stanley, a plateau, 8kms from Beechworth. Stanley is renowned now for high quality agriculture; timber, apples, pears, nuts and berries.

The sub-alpine landscape (at 700m altitude) enjoys the unfolding beauty of four distinct seasons and attracts many garden enthusiasts. The forests offer picturesque walks, abundant native life and challenging on and off-road cycling.

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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! anita@hillsboroughqualitynuts.com.au | 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.

Wine tastings and winery tours

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

cycling

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

The Bike Hire Company – free delivery to your accommodation. Bookings/enquiries 0400 345 648. W:thebikehirecompany.com.au.

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.

Shopping

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.

Spa, Beauty & Massage

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

History

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.

Nature Tourism

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.au. Dark 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.

Culture and the arts

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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