Best Western Beechworth Motor Inn
54 Sydney Road, Beechworth, VIC, 3747, AU
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Travel Tips for Beechworth
Mount Buffalo National Park
Mount Buffalo, along with Morning Peninsula on the coast, is one of the oldest National parks in Australia, being registered in 1898. It was so named as explorers Hume and Hovell passed the 'sleeping buffalo like form' on their journey from Sydney to present day Melbourne in 1824.
Parks Victoria notes describe it thus:-
Approaching Mount Buffalo, few people could fail to be impressed byt he spectacular granite cliffs rising before them. This sub-alpine plateau..has been giving visitors a unique park experience for over 100 years. Crisp fresh air, giant tors, deep gorges, tumbling waterfalls, snow gum woodlands and masses of wildflowers all combine with views of nearby Alps valleys to enhance any visit, whether for summer camping, winter skiing or walking during spring and autumn.
It's a stunning park and is enormous. Note that the return drive from Porepunkah on the highway to the peak (The Horn) car park is 80kms. To do the park justice, a full day minimum should be allowed (so bring a picnic). There are so many options. The road itself (sealed all the way to The Horn except for the last 2kms or so) is a spectacular route into the park - hairpin bends, sheer cliff drops - with the occasional viewing platform. There are also parking spots which provide access to walks short, medium and long - mostly, although not exclusively, to waterfalls. Options for stopping as you wind up the mountain are limited.
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Glenrowan - Ned Kelly country
Not exactly worh making a specific trip in its own right (unless you are particularly interested in the Ned Kelly legend), Glenrowan is the town where Kelly was captured and taken to Melbourne Goal and executed.
It survives on its association! The main street (little more than a dozen buildings) is the main focus for everything commercial about Kelly (two encounter museums - expensive entry fees) and cafes carrying various 'Gang Cafe'. 'Ned's Place' etc. But make sure you get a Kelly map - this highlights the fact that the main street is post-Kelly time! All the 'action' took place on the other side of the train tracks - and various memorial plaques show 'the place Kelly was captured', 'the first shots fired from here'. It's all a bit tacky and low-key, but worth stoppping off for an hour or so - if nothing else to break the journey.
And then there's 'The Big Kelly' !!
It's about 15kms south of Wangaratta on the Hume Highway (about 40kms south west of Beechworth). We stopped off on the way through to beechworth from Melbourne.
I still haven't worked out where the Murray Breweries ends and the Carriage Museum begins but, when you get there, it's not the entrance on the corner. Otherwise you might end up wandering, totally disoriented, around the delivery yards and past "Do not pass" signs just to get out again......as I did. (see pic one)
Anyhow, the smoke stack makes it a readily identifiable edifice and, when you do find the entrance, the minimialist entry fee is value for money.
There's lots of things associated with beer (see pic 2), but there's also other items of interest such as the bread van, the like of which I remember bread being delivered in (pic 3), the sulky (pic 4) whose name I'd never heard of before and an interesting display of WWI memorabilia relating to the Light Horse brigade.
The post office
As I have oft stated about Australian architecture, it's the public buildings that generally stand out and post offices are definitely a highlight in most of the old towns.
This particular one replaced its burnt down predecessor in 1870 and is set right in the middle of town.
How sweet it is
This is a place where you can indulge your sweet tooth. During its history since 1858 it has been a sweet shop several times but also a greengrocer, cake shop, funeral parlour and a tailor.
It's situated in Camp Street.