Monday we decided to go for a drive to Beechworth. After programming Brandon [GPS] we set out. Taking us down the Hume freeway we travelled for 65 kms arriving in Beechworth we discovered we could have gone through Wodonga and it would have been a much shorter drive. Sometimes we wonder where he gets his information from. We opted to travel the shorter way back.
What a lovely town full of history. After a delicious lunch at the Beechworth bakery we strolled around. Enjoying visiting the Historic Courthouse, Telegraph Station. These buildings were all constructed in the 1850s from local honey coloured granite. At every turn of the streets, there is a link to the Kelly family, the gang and the events that led to Ned Kelly's trial.
Built upon the splendor of the early gold rush days Beechworth is recognised as Australia's finest historic gold mining town. At its peak over 5,OOO Chinese hopefuls lived in the area. By January 1854 well over 100,000 ounces of gold had been taken out of the diggings around Ovens district and Spring Creek.
Wandering around the Beechworth Honey shop we could see a working beehive and taste the different types of honey they sell. Very interesting not enough time spent in this town and to quote a famous saying
WE'LL BE BACK