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Top Choice Museum in Beechworth

Burke Museum

Dating to 1857 when it was the Beechworth Athenaeum, this is one of Australia's oldest museums. It was renamed in 1861 in tribute to the famous explorer Robert O’Hara Burke – police superintendent at Beechworth from…
Museum in Beechworth

Ned Kelly Vault

Within the original subtreasury building (c 1858) where gold was stored, is this exhibition space dedicated to Australia's most infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly. There's detailed info on the Kelly story, as well as on…
Museum in Chiltern

Chiltern Athenaeum

Housed in the former historic town hall and library (1866) is this fantastic museum loaded with fascinating exhibits of yesteryear and local stories. Highlights include a gold-rush-era library, exquisite 19th-centur…
National Park in Chiltern

Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

This important national park protects some of Victoria's last stands of Box-Ironbark forest in a patchwork of protected areas around the town. This is also one of the last Victorian refuges for the endangered Regent…
Historic Site in Beechworth

Beechworth Asylum

One for those into dark tourism is this creepy, old 'lunatic' asylum, decommissioned in 1995, which sits on Mayday Hill overlooking town. While a lot of the buildings have been redeveloped into hotels and residentia…
Historic Building in Beechworth

Old Beechworth Gaol

In late 2016 a consortium of locals banded together to buy the historic 1860 Beechworth prison in order to save it from being developed. Join its 'Rogues, Rat Bags and Mongrel Dogs' tours, held most days during the …
Historic Building in Chiltern

Lake View House

This was the home of local author Ethel Florence Richardson (better known by her pen name Henry Handel Richardson), who wrote about life here in the book Ultima Thule (1929), the third part of her trilogy The Fortun…
Museum in Mt Beauty & the Kiewa Valley

Kiewa Valley Historical Museum

Within the Mt Beauty Visitor Centre is this interesting little museum that covers the history of the Kiewa Valley and Bogong High Plains, from Indigenous groups through to the colonial highland cattlemen. There's a …
Museum in Omeo

Omeo Historical Park & Museum

Back in the day, Omeo was one of Victoria's most lawless goldfield towns, and here you can visit the site where troublemakers were dealt with. Guided tours take you through the original 1861 courthouse and the 'new'…
Historic Building in Beechworth

Beechworth Courthouse

The Beechworth Courthouse is notable for Ned Kelly’s first court appearance; see the cell where Ned was held in the basement behind the Shire Hall. There are stories of other notable trials, and an interactive jury …