Newtown Park Motel
38 Bridge Road, Beechworth, 3747, Australia
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The atmospheric Tanswells Hotel bar
Ford Street Beechworth
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Mount Buffalo National Park II
Its after about 25kms that the road reaches an 'inner mountain plateau' (best way i can describe it) where there's a huge expanse of relatively flat landscape surrrounded on all sides by peaks. Central to the plateau is Lake Catani - campsite, picnic area and a place for boating (bring your own) or swimming. The road at this point diversifies - one way towards The Chalet and the ski runs and Ski lodge r to continue onwards toards the Horn. As the road starts its ascent again towards the Horn, spectacular rock formations are in evidence all around you and from the plateau upwards it becomes much easier to park the car 'on a whim' to take advantage of spectacular views, with the view from The Horn being the most rewarding.
The park notes provided on entry (AUD$9.80 per car entry payable) list 23 walks to be had in the park - ranging from 30 minutes through to several hours. They also vary in their degrees of difficulty as well as 'content' - ranging from walks with a view, lakeside walks, granite rock formations etc...
Accommodation is avaialble at The Chalet (from de-luxe through to backpacker) and camping is allowed in designated spots throughout the park.
Tanswell's Commercial Hotel - storm in a beer mug
From an article in the Melbourne Age in 2004.
"Beechworth residents are angry after the name above the 130-year-old Commercial Hotel was changed this week from Tanswell's to Chriscoll's.
The name goes back a long way. The late Thomas Tanswell, who moved his family from Bright to Beechworth in 1870, was shire president from 1878 to '79 and from 1886 to '87. He upgraded the two-storey Ford Street hotel after buying it from J. D. Fisher in 1869 and reopened it in October 1873 with a free lunch and drinks.
Yesterday, the public programs officer at Beechworth's Burke Museum, Chris Dormer, said the sudden name change had left more than a few residents spluttering into their ale.
"People don't like change, especially when it's got to do with the identity of their town," Ms Dormer said.
Indigo Shire Mayor Jenny Dale said the council would have to "backtrack a bit and find out what's going on" at the hotel. "We have to be very careful with an old building like that . . . we're not trying to make it hard for anybody but there's systems in place to manage changes like this," she said.
According to policy any changes to signs within the historical precinct of Beechworth must be approved by the council.
Beechworth councillor Graeme Bailey was surprised to learn about the new name, but told The Age he'd "pop up and see what all the fuss was about".
Julius Holt, the secretary of the National Trust's north-east branch, said he was "gobsmacked" after hearing the town's most recognised pub had a new name. "It's unbelievable, I can't understand why anybody would change the name after all these years," he said.
The building was classified by the National Trust in 1965 as a "fine example of Australian country hotel architecture" and a prominent local landmark. It has also been listed on the state's heritage register.
National Trust conservation manager Jim Gard'ner said the name change was "regrettable" as the original name was an important part of the hotel and the area's history.
Publican Chris Chriscoll declined to comment."
Harry Power's cell
Between 1853 and 1870 a man called Harry Power, nicknamed the "Gentleman Bushranger", spent some time in the holding cells here at the back of the court house. It's always been a bit of a mystery to me how someone sticking a gun up your nose can be called a "gentleman" but that's another argument.
He was variously accused of horse stealing, armed hold-ups and coach robberies; in fact, he was implicated in hundreds of them and was a dubious mentor of Ned Kelly.
These sheds at the rear of the Town Hall (it doubled as a court house) had three cells and a garage for the local fire engine.
Harry Power died in 1891 and thus ended the "Golden" era of Victorian bushrangers.
Excuse my wallet
Rosemarie's gotten quite a habit recently. It involves shopping, no surprises there. She's worked out that country shops often have some wonderful fashions that she's missing out on in the large city department stores. Too much of a sameness.
To counteract this she heads into every second store with a dress in the window while we are in places like Bowral, Mittagong or Beechworth, three places I have suffered.
Thus it was that I was conned out of a three figure amount for a blouse that she purchased. Purchased, that is, after she'd already bought a jumper and something else.
With a reluctant sigh did my wallet open to part yet again with that folding stuff. As you can see in the picture though, one of us was happy.
What I loved about this place was the seeming contradiction of the sign. Beechworth Classic Apparel on the large part and "motor sport gallery" underneath.
Understandably, someone in the family is a petrol head and there's more than a few items of that ilk up the back in its own special part.
I could have spent a lot more time (and money) in here than I did. This is one of those gems where you walk in and, who knows what you may find.
From art, photography, quilting to bric-a-brac in general, you'll find it all here.
Old volumes, forgotten styles of toys, I had ball just browsing from room to room.
It was designed and constructed in the 1860's by Donald Fiddes with the idea of it being a furniture and timber store with a residence upstairs.
Along with his brother William, Donald designed and constructed many Beechworth buildings. There was a saleyard and horse bazaar behind this site going to the next block and, at one stage, a garage with bowsers on the corner.
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