Words by Flow | Images by Flow

We make no apologies for the deep love we have for this place. Beechworth officially ticks all the boxes to qualify as a mountain bike ‘dream town’. Great trails? Tick. Riding within cooee of the main street? Tick. Excellent crew of local riders? Top notch brewery? Year round riding? Tick, tick, tick…. need we go on? There are just so many reasons to fall for Beechworth, it’s a stunner.


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This is a town that oozes charm and history, a mix of quaint and quirky, with wide streets, shady verandahs, smiling old ducks at the bakery. It welcomes you, like a favourite wooden jumper, a comfy, relaxed fit. It’s a feeling we’ve always had here, a genuine warmth, and it’s not just the pastie we’re eating, fresh from Beechworth Bakery pie oven.

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Big granite outcrops are a standout feature of the Beechworth trails.

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DSC01344The local crew, the legendary Beechworth Chain Gang, extend the same vibe. Out of towners are always welcome to join the Wednesday night social ride, localism isn’t their bag. Even the location of the trails makes life simple; the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park is only a few minutes ride from the centre of town, and it’s all mapped and signposted for visiting riders to enjoy.

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You can roll out to the trail head from town, it’s just a few minutes’ pedal.

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The new Don’t Be a Hero Trail brings a new flavour to Beechworth trails.

It’s a total noodle bowl of singletrack in the Bike Park, a smallish space, heaped with trails, all of it loads of fun. The trail builders have worked with terrain brilliantly, using the rocky granite outcrops to create rhythm and challenge, and the surface is fast and perfectly drifty at the same time. New trails are springing up too, including the cheekily named ‘Don’t Be a Hero Trail’ – a funny nod to the Hero Trail in Bright, as well as a good-natured dig at the trail builder who broke themselves on the trail not long after finishing its construction!

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Dust, sun and a good crew. Spot on!

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The landscape surrounding Beechworth is Australiana overdrive. This is bush ranger country!

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Away from the bike park, there are plenty of less publicised trails too, which might require some local knowledge to unearth. The best place to acquire said knowledge? At the brewery of course! Bridge Rd Brewers lies right at the heart of town, and not only do they produce superb beer and cater for hungry riders, but head brewer Ben Kraus froths harder than a shaken pilsner for mountain biking.

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All brewed in Beechworth, Bridge Rd is a must see, even if you’re not a drinker. It’s got a great vibe.

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Yackandandah’s new trails are just down the road too, and the locals have a dream to see these two great networks linked up with trails through the great swathes of forest between the towns. It’s a vision we’d love to see realised one day; both of these towns really grab us, and the thought of being able to ride on the dirt between the two is too good!

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Negotiating with some rocks in the bike park.

Beechworth really is a must-do on any road trip through this region, whether you’ve got bikes or not. We guarantee you’ll be charmed, and you’ll keep coming back, just like we do. For more information about riding in Beechworth, or across the whole region, head to ridehighcountry.com.au. 

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The Woolshed DH is one of the less official trails in the area. Seek it out!

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It’s not all beer – cold brew Nitro Coffee will get tired legs hammering once again!

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Chasing mates through dusty berms.

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Beechworth Prison is where Ned Kelly was held after being nabbed at Glenrowan.

Beechworth Prison is where Ned Kelly was held after being nabbed at Glenrowan.

"You're under arrest for wearing two paris of sunnies."

“You’re under arrest for wearing two pairs of sunnies.”

The new Kelly helmet with MIPS technology, made in Beechworth.

The new Kelly helmet with MIPS technology, made in Beechworth.

The Woolshed Cabins are run by passionate club member Chris Doe - highly recommended.

The Woolshed Cabins are run by passionate club member Chris Doe – highly recommended.

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