12 Albert Road, Beechworth, 3747, Australia
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BEECHWORTH..COLONIAL BUILDING PRECINCT..VICTORIA..
BEECHWORTH..LOCAL SHOPS..EXCELLENT BAKERY....
Chinese buring towers
Cells where Harry and Ned were held
Travel Tips for Beechworth
It's a small, historic gold-rush town in the shadow of its bigger and more galmorous neighbour, Beechworth, but 'Yack' does have a certain, rougher edged charm. It's essentially the main street that's the attraction along with the Yackandandah Scenic Forest Drive.
The main street has several historically listed 19th century buildings and with attractions such as 'Whisky Flat' and 'Rowdy Flat', as well as forest drives highlighting 19th century sluicing for gold among the Blue Gums and Candlebarks, provides a pleasant morning 's exploration.
Interestingly, Yack was the location for the recent Australian film 'Strange Bedfellows' starring Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee), playing one half of an aging gay couple living in rural Victoria. As a result, most of the shops and cafes in the main street have the rainbow sticker in the shop window. Not sure if this is left-over props from the film or whether the shopkeepers are genuinely 'gay-friendly' :)
Everything's historic here
So, there I was, strolling down main street, when I spotted it. "It" being the tow truck of course. A classic Chevvy, lovingly cared for and still in use. It must be a town icon, no doubt even listed by the heritage people.
Of course, I couldn't resist a quick snap, though Rosemarie couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.
To church or not to church?
Here you will note three pictures, all having the appearance of churches but, alas (if you're religious), only one is still used for its original purpose.
The first one is now a Neighbourhood Centre but used to be the Methodist Church. They all date from the 1850s to the 1890s so are a wonderful time capsule of what Beechworth once looked like.
The second one is the Roman Catholic church, the only one of the three here still in use whilst the last is now an antique shop. The land on which this former church now stands was used as a cemetery prior to 1856. Later those interred here were removed to the present Beechworth Cemetery where they were re-buried in a special Pioneer’s section. The Sunday School was erected in 1858; the church was completed in 1869.
Walk the walk
Strolling beneath the elms on a balmy spring day, what could be nicer? I'd like to say I did that but, honesty prevails, it was a crappy day with blustery winds. The elms however, were splendid, albeit dropping tonnes of beige buds all over the road to the extent that, on some pathways, they were thicker than a deep pile carpet, akin to a dry snowfall.
Elsewhere spring fostered in a wonderful array of colour (pics 2 & 3) in garden after garden. It was hard not to stop and admire the blooms, so I did, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Even the houses were lovely, with classic 1800s facades prevailing (see pic 4), even it they were built in recent times.
BEECHWORTH..A BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN TOWN..
"BEECHWORTH..A WONDERFULLY PRESERVED GOLD TOWN"
BEECHWORTH....When you drive into Beechworth one can't help but be taken by this old Victorian gold town.The town was settled in 1853 and not long after..gold was discovered and soon nearly 10,000 prospectors and miners were lining the creeks..known in Australia for many things a place with lots to see and do..There are more than thirty buildings here classified by the National Trust and is reputed to be the best preserved goldmining town in Victoria..A memorial stands to the large amount of Chinese that mined this area.."The Chinese Burning towers and Cemetery"stands on cemetery road..There are towers headstones and alters to over 1500 that are buried here...The Beechworth Gaol is where "Ned Kelly was held before his execution..The old stone building precinct holds much interest into the history of Beechworth...The shopping area has many shops that are painted in federation colours and the paint artwork is keeping with the period and looks so good...be sure to go to the tourist information when arriving ...
A STROLL THROUGH THE SMALL SHOPPING CENTRE IS A MUST ...AND ALSO TO STOCK UP ON ESENTIALS..
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