This weekend, celebrate spring in Victoria’s High Country by joining the Festival of Short Walks. Showcasing their local charms, the villages of Beechworth, Chiltern, Yackandandah and Rutherglen have been stepping it up during the weeks of 14 – 20 October, 2019. An Australian first, the seven day short walks festival features over thirty guided walks and forty self-guided walks, each designed to give you an evocative experience, rich in nature, arts and culture, food and wine, and stories.
This Saturday, October 19, one of the festival’s major events kicks off in Beechworth from 3pm: The 1500 Pound Party, hosted by some of the region’s most creatively accomplished foodies, winemakers and story tellers. Together the group pose the question: ‘What would you do with 1500 pounds?’ Logically, they suggest that if you’re a true food and wine lover, ‘you might blow it all on a fine party, sampling the finest European-inspired cuisine, rich, golden wines and cool, crystal clear waters flowing from the local springs.’
The 1500 Pound Party is a scenic guided walk through Beechworth Gorge and on to Woolshed Falls, exploring the natural landscape and cultural heritage of Beechworth. Along the walk guests will uncover some local gems in the form of wine tastings by boutique local wineries Haldon Estate and Baarmutha Wines while admiring the views of honey-coloured granite boulders and softly plunging waterfalls.
The trek also features knowledgeable local guide Ross Smith sharing a collection of historical tales; and a rewording fine food experience within the Gorge’s Powder Magazine, catered to by Beechworth’s Ox and Hound Bistro, accompanied by an a cappella soloist.
The walk is graded two, and requires appropriate shoes and be able to traverse a rocky trail. Departure is from Beechworth Servicemen’s Memorial Hall 3pm Saturday 19 October, and includes bus transport to Beechworth Gorge, from Woolshed Falls to the Powder Magazine, and back to town at 7pm.
While we feel blowing 1500 pounds sterling sounds a touch extravagant, we’re pleased to learn of the modest $100 AUD ticket price.
This Saturday, October 19 , 3pm-7pm
Beechworth Memorial Hall
101 Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria