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Beechworth is a historic town in the north-east of Victoria. It was a major hub during the gold rush era of the mid 1850s. Its recently restored historic precinct provides a glimpse into its past. Amongst other things you can visit the courthouse where the bushranger Ned Kelly was tried. But its not just history on offer - the town is also rich with gourmet delights from the surrounding area.
A collection of gold rush era buildings are at the centre of Beechworth's historic appeal. The main ones can be found in the Historic and Cultural Precinct, including a Courthouse, Telegraph Station, Gold Office, Chinese Protector's Office, Police buildings, the Town Hall and the Museum. There is a fee to enter the Precinct, but it gives you access for two days.
There is some great small town shopping to be enjoyed in Beechworth. The Beechworth Honey store not only sells a lot of honey, but also provides some nice insights into the whole process of extracting and processing honey. The Beechworth Bakery is a drawcard for the town in its own right and has now also branched out into other franchises. Wandering through the streets, there are antique stores, gourmet food stores and plenty of other small stores to keep a consumer's mind and wallet occupied.
Albury Airport (ABX) is the nearest reasonably sized airport. A few regional flights can take you there from Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra. From Albury, it is about a 50 minute drive to Beechworth.
Nearby train stations are in Wangaratta and Albury/Wodonga.
From Melbourne, take the V/Line train to Wangaratta Station. There is a bus service from there to Beechworth.
From Sydney, take the Country Link train to Albury. A bus can take you to Beechworth from there. .
Due to its location just off the Hume Freeway, Beechworth makes for a good stop off on a trip between Sydney and Melbourne. Beechworth is located roughly 3 hours from Melbourne, 4.5 hours from Canberra and 7 hours out of Sydney.
From Melbourne, travel along the Hume Freeway until Wangaratta. In Wangaratta, take a right onto the Great Alpine Rd and travel along until you can turn left onto the Beechworth Wangarratta Road.
If you are coming from the Sydney direction on the Hume Freeway, turn off in Wodonga onto the Beechworth Wodonga Rd.
The Mt Beauty – Bright – Melbourne V/Line bus route will take you from Wangaratta to Beechworth. To reach Wangaratta from Melbourne, you can catch a V/Line train.
The town of Beechworth is easily explore on foot.
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also International Telephone Calls
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area.
Beechworth's area code is 03, which is the same for all of Victoria and Tasmania. If dialing interstate, use one of the following area codes.
02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones and will work even when no coverage is shown.
The Beechworth Post Office is housed in a historic building in the centre of the town on Ford St. Phone: (03) 5728 1166
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
The Beechworth Visitor Information Centre is located at the Town Hall on Ford Street. It's open from 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas. Freecall 1300 366 321 . Tel +61 3 5728 3233
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