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Beechworth Golden Hills Festival

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Goldfields Historic Re-enactment
The Beechworth Historic Re-enactment Group is providing visitors to the town over the weekend of 12th & 13th August with the opportunity to witness a living history of life on Victoria's north-eastern goldfields in 1857.

About 150 enthusiasts, a total of thirteen re-enactment groups, will join forces to present the Beechworth and Golden Hills Festival for 2017, recreating Beechworth and districts prominent in the gold rush which, along with other major gold strikes throughout the State, made Victoria one of the richest places on earth in the 1850's.

All roads lead to Beechworth on the weekend of 12th & 13th August for the 2017 Beechworth & Golden Hills Festival.


Highlights of the event will include the creation of an authentic miners camp and mine sites, a Government Camp with uniformed troops of the 12th and 40th Regiments of Foot displaying their skill-at-arms drills, a Police station and Gold Commissioners Office issuing mining licenses to younger visitors.

Victoria Melbourne Beechworth Gold Goldrush History Historic Re-enactment Festival Festivals Family Fun
One hundred and fifty enthusiasts will re-enact life on the goldfields in 1857. Image courtesy www.explorebeechworth.com.au


There'll also be an authentic Chinese camp complete with its very own tea house and Joss Temple.

The festival will kick off on Saturday morning with 50 Redcoats and 100 miners parading through the street of the town.

Victoria Melbourne Beechworth Gold Goldrush History Historic Re-enactment Festival Festivals Family Fun
The festival will include displays of skill-at-arms by members of the 12th and 40th Regiments of Foot, Beechworth's garrison troops.


Beechworth is renowned as one of Australia's best preserved and most beautiful historic towns and the Golden Hills Festival is a great opportunity for the whole family to not only witness this historic re-enactment but also to enjoy everything else the district has to offer as one of the State's premier tourism destinations.

Beechworth is 285 Kilometres north east of Melbourne, about a 3-hour drive via the Hume Freeway and Wangaratta.

Victoria Melbourne Beechworth Gold Goldrush History Historic Re-enactment Festival Festivals Family Fun
Beechworth is one of Australia's best preserved historic towns and well worth a visit.

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Why? Witness an historic re-enactment of life on the Victorian Goldfields in 1857 while enjoying everything that Beechworth and district has to to offer as one of the State's premier tourism destinations.
When: Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th August
Phone: 0418 694 615
Where: Beechworth Historic Precinct, Ford and Williams Streets, Beechworth
Cost: Free
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