Opera in the Alps (18 January, 2014) is a rare opportunity for visitors to experience world-class opera, performed under the stars in the picturesque grounds of Baarmutha Park in Beechworth. Australian Opera mega-star Anthony Warlow will perform with Julie Lea Goodwin, his co-star from Annie and Phantom of the Opera along with young talent from Opera Scholars Australia, the Alpha Sinfonia Orchestra, under conductor Guy Noble.
Located in the beautiful High Country, Beechworth is around three hours’ drive from Melbourne. The village is renowned for its food and wine scene, stunning gold rush architecture, heritage shopping and historic experiences. It’s also a great base for exploring the other villages and culinary experiences in the region with the popular destinations Milawa, Rutherglen, Myrtleford and Bright all within an hours’ drive.
The two-hat Provenance Restaurant is located in the old Bank of Australasia, built in 1856 at the height of the gold rush. The menu teams local and seasonal produce with contemporary design and textures and Japanese influences and is expertly with sake and wines from the North East region. Owner-chef Michael Ryan was named Chef of the Year in the 2013 Age Good Food Guide Awards.
Bridge Road Brewers, located on the main drag of the village is one of Australia’s leading craft breweries. The brewery, bar and its pizza kitchen are housed in a 150-year-old Coach House and Stables. The Brewery boasts countless awards and a plentiful beer list. Visitors can enjoy a tasting paddle for the full experience of Bridge Road’s innovative range and whilst enjoying pretzels baked daily to co-owner Maria’s recipe (she hails from Austria’s Tyrolean Alps).
Cellar Door Wine Store allows visitors to explore tastes from iconic small wine producers of the Beechworth region such as Giaconda, Castagna, Sorrenberg, Fighting Gully Road and A. Rodda. The intimate wine bar offers charcuterie and cheese sliced to order on a vintage-style Berkel Meat Slicer. Owner Aaron Taylor’s obsession with the region’s wines extends to international craft beers and spirits including whiskey and mezcal.
1860 Luxury Accommodation is a restored original timber slab hut designed to offer tranquillity and total privacy. With an open fire, double bath, leather lounge, king sized bed and full kitchen, 1860 overlooks Spring Creek and the surrounding parklands of Lake Sambell.
Stone Tryst luxury self-contained villas overlook Beechworth Gorge. Unique contemporary architecture complements the surrounding environment with feature walls of granite salvaged from the property, timber floors and large picture windows that bring the outdoors in. Each villa has a deep double spa bath, twin shower, gas log fire and luxurious furnishings. The premium villa offers its own private plunge pool.
The newly refurbished George Kerferd Hotel offers great value, comfortable accommodation. Located in the heritage gardens of Mayday Hills, the hotel features a deck with views, perfect for a glass of local wine and an on-site restaurant George’s Bar & Restaurant.
Riding High Cycling Tours offer a Golden Gourmet tour. This guided tour starts in Beechworth and continues along the Murray to Mountains trail. The journey gives leisurely cyclists the opportunity to experience the abundant foodie delights of nearby villages, Milawa and Oxley. They also offer bike hire and transfers for those a little too full to make a return trip.
A Day in the Wild with Sticks & Stones Adventures is a High Country Survival and Bush Food Tour. Visitors can experience the wonder of creating fire, collecting native bush foods and learning how to work with nature to survive and thrive in the great outdoors in the beautiful Stanley State Forest. Morning tea and lunch provided. Suitable for children aged 6 – 14 years.
Drive, walk or bike the 5km, Gorge Scenic Drive, a one-way route shared with pedestrians, for spectacular views of the granite landscape, local gold mining history and the surrounding countryside. At the bottom of the Gorge there is a picnic table and some shallow rock pools. A variety of short and long walks in and around the Gorge and Lake Kerferd allow visitors to explore the natural and historical features of this park.