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The Spa Beechworth is a place to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit through a refined selection of treatments and therapies.
With services including Massage, Facials, Body Treatments, Water Therapies, Couple and Group Treatments, and Mind Wellness Treatments you are sure to find your inner peace and complete spiritual and physical fulfillment.
We embrace a holistic spa philosophy, drawn from ancient and modern wellness rituals, to achieve total wellness and body care. Our personalised treatments bring immediate results, long-term benefits and enhanced wellbeing.
At the same time, our aim is to tread lightly on the earth – to give back what we take. The Spa Beechworth is eco-certified, carbon positive and fully sustainable, creating a nurturing and eco-conscious environment.
We use local organic and natural products to restore health and wellbeing. We provide a space for nurturing and self. And through the healing power of touch, we help people look after their bodies holistically – body, mind and spirit – through nurturing, individual care.
During the 1850's gold rush many Chinese nationals converged on Beechworth looking for riches. As the population grew so did the needs for specialised services to cater for their cultural needs. A section of the Beechworth Cemetery was allocated for burial with the burning towers being built in 1857. Mourners used the towers to burn offerings of paper prayers, pork and gifts for the afterlife. Located in the original Beechworth Cemetery. The towers are located inside the main gates, in the northern section of the cemetery.
Immerse yourself in the old gold rush with the Indigo Gold Trail. The Indigo Gold Trail takes in some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia and includes scores of easily accessible sites identified by storyboards featuring the trail logo. You can pick up a brochure at any of the Visitor Information Centres in Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen or Yackandandah. Explore the old mine grounds, visit the historical government buildings and read the stories of the early explorers. Each of the sites is identified on the large map in this brochure, and a brief description of each is listed by map reference in specific feature panels for Beechworth & district, Rutherglen, Chiltern and Yackandandah and district. You can start or finish at any point along the way. You can stop for a picnic in a national park or next to a beautiful creek, lunch at a gourmet restaurant, or one of the area's famous bakeries, grab a hand-crafted beer or a bottle of fine local wine. Audio stories are available via the website or through iTunes. Download the iPhone App.
Lake Sambell is located within the township of Beechworth. It was the site of the Rocky Mountain Mining Company open cut sluice mining operation during the mid1800s and the early 1900s. In the 1920s the area was created into a recreational lake and reserve, locals and visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, walking and cycling around the lake. Kids will enjoy the adventure playground at Sandy Beach. The Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail has been extended so that it passes through the reserve. Extensive work has been undertaken to provide walking trails throughout the reserve. There are two electric barbecues, picnic tables and seating.
People visit Beechworth for the natural beauty of the forests and ranges as well as the historical architecture of the town. It claims to be the best preserved gold town in Victoria with more than 30 of its buildings classified by the National Trust. Outside the town, a number of significant goldmining sites are incorporated in sections of the 1080 ha Beechworth Historic Park. The tranquil beauty of eucalyptus and native cypress pine forests, winding creeks, steep gullies and rugged granite outcrops can be enjoyed for their own sake or viewed as the setting for the labours of the diggers. Things to do - Walking, browsing, gem-fossicking, fishing, swimming and horse riding are popular. - In Beechworth, visit the museum, powder magazine, the classical granite arches of the Goldfields Hospital facade, the Chinese burning towers, the jail, the former Regency Theatre and the Victorian churches, banks and public buildings. View the cell that twice held Ned Kelly, and visit the sites of bushranger gang hideouts. - The Beechworth Forest Drive begins from the town and passes through the peppermint forest near Lake Kerferd - The 5 kilometre Gorge Scenic Drive, also a pleasant walk, provides views of waterfalls and rugged countryside west of the town. It also passes the restored powder magazine, built to safeguard mining explosives Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Take the time to explore Robert O'Hara Burke Museum, one of Australia's oldest museums which is often referred to as a 'Museum of Museums'. Originally built as the Beechworth Athenaeum in 1857 the museum houses a significant collection from the 1800's that includes the R.E. Johns Aboriginal collection, Ned Kelly's death mask, a large collection of native animal and birdlife taxidermy and the unique street of shops. The Robert O'Hara Burke Museum is named in honour of Robert O'Hara Burke, former Superintendent of Police, after this death at Coopers Creek in 1861 on the Burke & Wills exploration.
Lake Kerferd was build as the Beechworth water supply in 1874. The dam was build to capture the waters of the Hurdle Swamp. The lake can be accessed by a 5km walking track or by car. The lake was once the scene of annual rowing regattas. Avid nature lovers will be able to enjoy the lakes varied wildlife and birdlife that frequents the lake. Make sure you pack a picnic.
Bridge Road Brewers - It's a Beechworth thing Experience unique hand crafted beers whilst they are being brewed under your nose. The brewery, the bar and its pizza kitchen are all located in a 150 year old Coach House and stables. The Coach House is located behind Tanswells Commercial Hotel, in the heart of picturesque Beechworth. The laneway entrance, leads into the breweries large beer garden and children's play area. The brewery offers at least eight different ales for tasting, and each of those has at least one international beer award to its name. There's even a great list of local wines, recommended by the brewer, who was more intimately involved in their production before being turned away from the dark side.
Step inside and discover the amazing story of Beechworth Honey Experience and their delicious 100 per cent pure Australian honey. Enjoy their free educational honey tour and learn why bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and why they want to keep these little heroes buzzing. Immerse yourself in the history told long ago. Accompany a beekeeper through dramatic rural landscapes and breathe the pure fresh air whilst honey is gathered. Watch how a modern day packing plant and distribution system carefully takes the liquid gold from the forest to your table. Help the kids put the giant jigsaw together or find the queen bee in the live bee display. Experience the delicious differences, taste by taste when you sample their extensive range of pure Australian honey; 100 per cent pure and natural as nature meant it to be. While visiting Beechworth Honey Experience try their honey ice cream, honeycomb, creamy honey and sparkling honey drinks and take a look at their honey recipes. You will find lots of healthy new ways of cooking, tasting and living with Beechworth Honey.
The Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct is a collection of nationally significant buildings telling the story of how Australia grew and prospered. These buildings played an integral role in the administration of North East Victoria and parts of Southern New South Wales. Beechworth Historic Courthouse: One of Beechworth's most visited attractions the historic Courthouse is a beautifully preserved living history museum and the site of some of the dramatic events of gold era Australia, including the trial which sealed Ned Kelly's fate. Ned Kelly's mother Ellen was sentenced to three years gaol here and the fate of Elizabeth Scott, the first woman hanged in Victoria, was sealed in this building. Built in 1858 and in continuous service for 131 years, the Beechworth Courthouse retains its original furniture and fittings. Daily Courthouse tours are available to visitors. Robert O'Hara Burke Memorial Museum : One of Australia's oldest museums, the Museum boasts a fascinating and historically significant collection of more than 30,000 individual items, many dating back to more than 150 years ago and some linked to famous and infamous figures of history such as Ned Kelly, Dame Nellie Melba and Robert O'Hara Burke. Highlights include an extensive collection of Aboriginal artefacts; Chinese, Goldmining, Natural History and Ned Kelly Collections and the 19th century Street of Shops. Telegraph Station: Built in 1858, the Telegraph Station once linked the town to the outside world through the medium of Morse code. Powder Magazine: Built in 1859 (restored by the National Trust in 1966) and of solid, buttressed granite, with a slate roof and surrounded by a high stone wall, the Powder Magazine was used as a storage room for large amounts of gunpowder used in mining and quarrying. By law, miners were required to leave bulk gunpowder in this building overnight.
Explore the historic streets of Beechworth on a Beechworth Heritage Walking Tours. Local guides will give you an informative narrative of the history of the town and its characters. Two tours are available the Echoes of History and Ned Kelly walking tour. On the Echoes of History tour you will be immersed in time back to the gold mining days where you will hear stories of the miners, the Chinese settlement, the historic buildings and the story of Robert O'Hara Burke (of Burke & Wills fame). Back to the day of bushrangers the Ned Kelly walking tour will tell tales of Ned's connection to Beechworth, stories of his mother Mrs Kelly and of Ned's mentor Harry Power. Tours are daily departing from the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre.