Head on a family-friendly tour of Beechworth with my tips on things to do in Beechworth with kids.
Beechworth is a lovely gold rush town in regional Victoria and a great location for a holiday with kids. Here’s my Top 10 list of places to go and things to do in Beechworth. Our visit was supported by Tourism North East.
Things to Do in Beechworth:
Country towns always have the best second-hand book stores and we like visiting them especially to buy holiday reading. All books at Quercus Community Bookshop are donated and proceeds from Quercus go towards the services provided by the Beechworth Neighbourhood House.
Quercus Community Bookshop cnr Ford and Church St, Beechworth (03) 5728 2388
2. Beechworth Honey Experience
Beechworth Honey has a honey concept store on the main street. The building comprises a shop, cafe and a free educational honey tour which consists of a series of videos. The best bit about our visit is the honey ice cream!
Beechworth Honey Experience Cnr Ford & Church Streets, Beechworth 03 5728 1432
3. Cycling the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
If you want to ride around Beechworth or the surrounds you can hire free recreational town bikes from Bridge Road Brewers or Four Seasons Cottage has two to lend out (with helmet and locks). I use the bike to cycle into town to get provisions and do a few kms of the scenic and relatively easy stretch of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail on the outskirts of town. If you have older kids you may like to walk/cycle the 5km Gorge Scenic Drive at Beechworth Historic Park.
Where to eat in Beechworth:
Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford Street Beechworth 03 5728 2703
5. Beechworth Bakery
The original Beechworth Bakery is of course in Beechworth and it’s an institution in the town. It sells lots of old-fashioned bakery items and I like their sweets more than savouries – their Beesting is very famous and is like a giant custard puff.
Beechworth Bakery 27 Camp Street, Beechworth 1300 233 784
6. Cellar Door Wine Store
Cellar Door Wine Store is a wine store that specialises in local wineries (especially wineries that don’t have a cellar door for the public) that also serve cheese and charcuterie platters and other nibbles. While it’s not strictly family friendly you can enjoy cakes and nibbles. I have a slice of pillowy orange cake which was made by the owner of the Four Seasons Cottage!
Cellar Door Wine Store 62 Ford Street, Beechworth 03 5728 2882
7. The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn 2322 Beechworth-Wangaratta Rd, Tarrawingee 03 5725 1609
8. Goldfields Greengrocer
Goldfields Greengrocer is a small but surprisingly well-stocked grocer with ready-made pasta meals, soups and cheese as well as fruit and veg. We buy our Weetbix, yoghurt, bananas and ice cream from there.
Goldfields Greengrocer 61 Ford Street, Beechworth (03) 5728 2303
9. The Ageing Frog Fish Bar
The Ageing Frog Fish Bar is touted by some as the best fish and chips in Victoria and their potato cakes are legendary. Despite the fact that Beechworth is landlocked fresh fish does come up the highway regularly. The mound of chips you get is astonishing, so don’t order anything but a small serve ($3). As for the potato cake, we aren’t that impressed to be honest…but you be the judge.
Ageing Frog Fish Bar, 68 Ford Street, Beechworth 03 5728 2046
Where to Stay in Beechworth:
The Four Seasons Cottage is the perfect base for our family. The house is very spacious, with an open plan kitchen, a fireplace we light at night and three large bedrooms so that T and I don’t have to sleep in the same room as either of the kids, meaning a restful evening for all.
They are also able to provide a portacot, a highchair for Baby 2.0 and even an antique rocking chair! The kids are too young for the other toys, books and board games but it doesn’t matter as there was loads of space for them to explore, inside and out. The large garden is particularly fun for Lady AB, who just ran laps from one end to the other.
The Four Seasons Cottage 36 Finch St, Beechworth