You could spend days exploring Beechworth -- its “heritage-listed buildings, museums, cafes and shops” -- and still leave treasures unearthed, writes Melanie Bell in Top Walks in Victoria. But for “a fuller picture of Victoria’s best preserved 19th-century gold town you need to get off the streets and into the countryside where thousands laboured in search of the precious metal that might make their fortune.” Is there a better preserved, more appealing and more photogenic main thoroughfare in Australia than Beechworth's Ford Street? asks Anthony Dennis in Traveller.
Is there “a better preserved, more appealing and more photogenic town in all of Australia than Beechworth itself?” He thinks not. “Take a stroll along lengthy Ford Street. It's festooned with 19th-century goldrush era, verandah-covered footpaths and historic buildings, including the original courthouse where a fugitive Ned Kelly was arraigned, and plenty of fine places to pause, or linger, for a meal or a drink.”