The five kilometre scenic Gorge walk is a must do if you are visiting Beechworth, providing views of waterfalls and rugged countryside west of the town, it is a favourite of the locals as it is an easy round trip that lands you back in town for a coffee or bite to eat.
We will start our half day walk from your Beechworth accommodation or, if you are staying out of town, we will meet and set off from the gorgeous TINY café in Camp Street. From here we will make our way to the Newtown end of the Beechworth Historic Park. This is one walk where you will want to have your camera ready from the first step. Only 50m in there is a small viewing platform from where you can enjoy the sight and sound of water cascading over the high rock face, stained red over the years due to the high mineral content in the water. This is a particularly amazing sight after a good rain shower and mid-afternoon as the sunlight highlights the reddish bedrock and backlights the Newtown Bridge.
Be prepared to get lost in your thoughts as we head further into the park and its rugged landscape, if you are of a certain age the rocky granite outcrops protruding from the left hand side may bring back memories of the iconic and eerie film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. All along the Gorge Road are hidden caves and fascinating sites that bring the rich gold rush history to life but the most astonishing thing about this walk is how close to town we actually are and yet you will feel a million miles away.
Spring Creek comes and goes from sight as we walk through native forest and wild flowers when in season. About half way through our walk is the Spring Creek Bridge and to the left of that is a little path that will take us to some magnificent rock pools and cascades, truly as beautiful as you will find anywhere. We may have time to dip your feet in and take a moment to appreciate this magical spot.
After the cascades you will cross the Spring Creek Bridge and will walk a short distance along Gorge Road. We will leave the road at this point and delve in to some proper walking tracks to make our way to The Precipice which provides incredible views of the former Reids Creek goldfield, once full of canvas tents and noisy diggers! Hard to imagine it now in this peaceful setting.
We head towards Ingram’s Rock via Fiddes Quarry which is a fitting end to the bush part of the walk as it was from this very quarry the rock was mined to build the Newtown Bridge back where we first set out. Before we meander back in to town take a little more time to enjoy the views, sounds and charm of Ingram’s Rock; nature is literally at your feet, and all around, allow yourself time to enjoy the raw beauty of this wonderful area.
As we head back into town remember to take joy in the fact you have given yourself some precious down time… time to enjoy our stunning outdoors with an active body, still mind and peaceful soul. One step at a time.