Beechworth Historic Park

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Beechworth Historic Park

Beechworth Historic Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. 

In 1852 gold was discovered near Beechworth, and thousands of miners flocked to the Spring and Reids Creek goldfields to seek their fortune. Just five years later, the site was producing so much gold that half a tonne was being shipped to Melbourne from the fields every fortnight. Eventually, though, the accessible gold was exhausted, and prospectors turned their attention to mining lead and quartz throughout the surrounding forest.

One of the best ways to see evidence of Beechworth's gold mining history today is by exploring the landscape on foot. A 12km network of tracks runs through the dry forests of the Gorge area, allowing you to select your own route and distance to many points of interest. You can start your walk at entry points including the Powder Magazine, One Tree Hill, Ingram's Rock and Gorge Road. Find remnants of the mines at Spring and Reid's Creeks, the Powder Magazine and along the walk from Lake Sambell to Lake Kerferd.

The dry environment of Beechworth Historic Park supports unique plant and animal communities. Stringybarks, native Cypress Pines and Blakely's Red Gums dominate the overstorey. Hardy bush peas, grevilleas and wattles live in the understory, and lilies, orchids and other wildflowers grow on the forest floor. Look closely at the granite outcrops of the area to spy abundant communities of tough lichens and mosses which have evolved to thrive with no soil and very little water. Kangaroos, wallabies, possums and wombats are common in Beechworth Historic Park, and you might spot a koala asleep in the fork of a tree. Many birds make the park their home as well, including honeyeaters, parrots and small insectivorous species. You can also see reptiles like the lace monitor during the summer months.  

Things To Do

 

Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

Located between Beechworth and the low hills surrounding Chiltern, the National Park is a great place for picnics, short or day-long walks, cycling and wildlife photography.
A boy crouches at the waters panning for gold in a river.

Fossicking and prospecting

Many of the world’s largest gold nuggets have been found in Victoria. Try your luck at fossicking and prospecting and find out what's required before you start sifting for gold.

Beechworth Historic Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Crimson Rosella
Echidnas
Koalas
Lace monitors
Wombats
Wallabies
Kangaroos

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

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Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Beechworth Historic Park

Beechworth Historic Park is near the town of Beechworth in north-east Victoria. The park is approximately 3.5 hours from Melbourne and 30 minutes from Wangaratta. 

Need to know

Beechworth Historic Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Beechworth Historic Park

    Closure of Spring Creek Bridge

    The Gorge Road is currently closed for all vehicle access due to safety concerns over the Spring Creek bridge. Pedestrians can access to Gorge Road but are not permitted on the bridge. This is expected to be a long-term closure.

    Ongoing closure of section of Lake Kerferd Walking Track

    A section of the Lake Sambell to Lake Kerferd walking track in Beechworth Historic Park has been closed for safety reasons.
     
    An engineering assessment completed on the track recommended closure. The inspection identified serious safety concerns relating to abandoned mine shafts.
     
    The track provides access from Lake Kerferd to Lake Sambell in Beechworth. The rest of the track remains open. Signage is in place to notify visitors of the closure.

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