What's On & Things To Do
7th & 8th October 2017
Beechworth craft-brewery Bridge Road Brewers is hosting annual Oktoberfest. Located in the heart of town, this small brewery has a swag of awards to its name, and is ready for this years celebration of beer and music to be a craker. The event is loosely based around the original Oktoberfest held in Munich in late September each year.
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Mayday Hills Anniversary
Saturday 14th October, 12.00 - 6.00pm
Bridge Road Brewery
Tasting of the past and present Mayday Hills beer range at the Brewery with the brewers.
Barrow Boys Community Fun Day
15th October 2017, 2.00 - 5.00pm
The Old Beechworth Gaol
Ready Set Roll all welcome community party Local Food Beer and Wine, music charity auction Free entry .
Beechworth to Mt Buffalo Barrowthon
21st - 22nd October 2017, 7.00am
The Old Beechworth Gaol
A sporting bet made eighty one years ago saw two men journey from Beechworth in Victoria’s north east to the top of Mount Buffalo some 51 miles away, in a wheel barrow.
Opera at Dusk
20th October 2017, 5.30 - 7.30pm
George Kerferd Hotel
Hosted by The George Kerferd, Beechworth, with entertainment by Opera Scholars Australia, our Opera at Dusk event offers guests a musical evening packed with solos, choruses and ensembles ranging from opera to musical theatre. Friday October 20th, with entertainment from 5.30 through to 7.30. Food and drinks available to purchase on the night. TIckets $25.00 per person for the recital.
Jazz in the Vines @ Indigo Vineyard
28th October 2017, 12.00pm
Showcasing our local produce with Indigo pulled lamb and other treats for lunch.
Chinese Miners in Beechworth Exhibition
Now on at the Burke Museum Loch St
Old Beechworth Gaol Tour
The Old Beechworth Gaol
Thursday - Monday
Rare Ned Kelly Photograph
A unique and never before displayed photograph of Ned Kelly at work in a local sawmill is to be unveiled at the Ned Kelly Vault in Beechworth.
The photograph, which shows a muscular Kelly posing confidently in work clothes, is the property of an un-named member of the Kelly family, who has kindly loaned it to the Ned Kelly Vault for long-term display.
On display from Saturday 12 November 2016Ned Kelly Vault, Beechworth
Things To Do
Lost Arts Series
Beechworth Honey Discovery
Kitchen | Garden | Craft
2 Sept – 20 January 2018
Classes 2-4 hours most Friday, Saturday and Sundays
Places the locals enjoy...
McFeeters Road off the Chiltern-Beechworth Road
Mc Conville Avenue Beechworth
Beechworth Historic Park -
Gorge Drive and Walking Tracks
Gorge Road Beechworth
Mayday Hills Historic Trees Walk
Albert Road, Beechworth VIC 3747
Lady Newton Drive Beechworth
Yeddonbah Aboriginal Art Site
Mt Pilot National Park Yeddonbah Road Chiltern
Mount Pilot Tower Lookout
Mt Pilot National Park Old Coach Road Chiltern
Happiness is a sandy beach
Improvements to Sandy Beach at Lake Sambell in Beechworth will start on Tuesday 14 March with construction of two retaining walls.
"The walls will ensure the beach remains sandier for longer -- and help prevent the lake silting up -- and will provide seating and convenience to swimmers and sight-seers," the Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said today. "And we will bring in more sand to the beach once the walls are in place."
"We have been discussing how the improvements should proceed with interested residents, and have incorporated many excellent suggestions from them into the original design."
The Sandy Beach improvements are an important part of the Lake Sambell Master Plan which was adopted by Council in 2015 after extensive Community Consultation.
"As well as offering many ideas for consideration, members of the public twice met onsite with Council officers and engineers in February to clarify how the improvements would enhance the appearance and friendliness of the entire area," Cr O'Connor said.
Drop-in sessions to "discover" new rail trail
Media Release • 17th October 2017
Indigo Shire Council will hold three drop-in information sessions about the new rail trail from Beechworth to Yackandandah and Osbornes Flat in the next few weeks.
Funding for the North East Victoria Cycle Optimisation project, a $12 million regional rail trail project, was announced by the State Government in the May budget and was followed by a confirmation visit by the Premier Daniel Andrews to Yackandandah in July. The Beechworth to Yackandandah component will cost $6 million and is scheduled to begin early in 2018.
Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor said the drop-in information sessions would include a standing display of the maps of the route, handouts of maps and Frequently Asked Questions and other relevant information.
"Staff will be available to answer any questions and we have timed the sessions for both afternoon and evening to allow people as wide a timeframe as possible to attend," Cr O'Conner said.
"Beechworth and Yackandandah are much-loved and frequently visited historic towns that will be easily linked via the new rail trail. Both towns and the communities of Wooragee and Osbornes Flat and businesses along the trail such as wineries and farm gate businesses will benefit economically from increased tourist trade.
"The new rail trail will be an asset that draws residents and tourists alike to enjoy its various attractions."
Cr O'Connor said the trail alignment had been determined for many years based on availability of public land, connectivity of key nodes, suitable off-road alignment, and accessibility.
Work is expected to begin in 2018, beginning with an underpass at the Wodonga Road-Yackandandah turn-off.
"I encourage everyone to come along to one of the three sessions. Just drop-in, talk to staff, get some handouts to take home."
The three information sessions will be held at:
Wooragee Hall, Monday 30 October
Yackandandah Public Hall, Wednesday 8 November
Beechworth Town Hall, Monday 13 November
All sessions will be open from 2.30-4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
For further information visit www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au/railtrail
Rail Trail Bridge Replacement
Media Release • 1st August 2017
Artist's impression of the new bridge.
Indigo Shire Council will replace the pedestrian bridge on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail near Albert Road in Beechworth.
The existing structure, which overlooks the Chinese Gardens, was completed in January 2001 and modelled on the original railway timber trestle style structure which was dismantled in the 1950s and 1960s.
The replacement bridge has been designed to sympathetically replicate the general character and appearance of the original bridge, enhance its safety and have a much longer life.
The new design will use the existing timber supporting posts, add new steel substructure and handrails along with a dark-coloured reinforced concrete deck. The white handrails assembled with black steel fasteners echo the character of the original railway structure. Steel wires will infill the open area in these handrails to provide appropriate fall protection without detracting from the overall design.
Heritage advice sought early in the project reinforced the fact that a fully accurate reconstruction of the original bridge would not satisfy the safety of all users with its low handrails and large gaps.
The proposed design draws upon the character of the original bridge while using contemporary long-life steel and reinforced concrete.
Photographs of the original bridges have been the key reference point for development of the new design. Detailed designs will be finalised this month and it is anticipated that contracts will be awarded in September ready for construction in the Spring.
It is estimated that the bridge will be closed for up to eight weeks during construction with a short detour in place during this time.