Starting our full 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. We will head to Stanley via the rear of Lake Sambell Caravan Park following Spring Creek and Hurdle Creek to Lake Kerferd and then on to the gorgeous little town of Stanley.
The path we will take meanders past old mining sites therefore it is essential to stay on the walking tracks as many of the old mine shafts are deep and potentially dangerous. Walking among towering gum trees helps remind us how small we really are on this planet we call earth; let the sounds of the bush drown out the busyness in our minds and bring clarity to our thoughts.
This particular patch of forest is the perfect habitat for Koalas so keep an eye out for our furry friends as it is not unusual to see more than one on our walks. You may also hear the call of a Golden Whistler or see a flash of colour that is the Crimson Parrot as they watch our journey from above.
At the end of the bush track is the beautiful Lake Kerford. As the lake is Beechworth’s water supply no boating or swimming is allowed; making the surrounding bushland a treat for nature lovers and offering undisturbed habitat to a rich diversity of animal and birdlife. It is a beautiful spot to take a break and just be.
When we are ready to move on we will make our way to Stanley the back way (as they locals say) past apple orchards, shearing sheds, cottages that remain from the mining era and a stunning old church that was converted to a home many years ago. Sitting at 750m above sea level, this picture perfect village and tight knit farming community is famed for its produce, with cool climate and fertile soils providing the perfect conditions for growing apples, stone fruit, berries and nuts. Autumn is truly stunning and winter sees the town turn into a snowy wonderland at least once a year.
As we pass the Primary School you will notice a little cottage opposite; the locals call it the Cork Tree Cottage thanks to the incredible 160 year old Spanish Cork Oak tree at the front of the property, she is a beauty! We will pass the general store and just around the corner is our lunch destination. The Stanley Pub is an awesome country pub with cold local beers, a good selection of regional wines and a lovely ambience, both in the main bar as well as the beer garden. In winter the fireplace in the main bar is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a glass of local red wine.
After a delicious lunch we will make our way back to Beechworth 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.