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Magnificent seven

Sue Wallace sets off on the thirst-quenching trail of seven country microbreweries.

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Peace of mind

A former asylum provides the unlikely, yet charming, surrounds for Carol West to make her escape.

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Horse drawn carriage in the streets of Beechworth

Beechworth - Fast Facts

Almost perfectly preserved and maintained historic goldmining town.
Beechworth is surely the state's, if not the country's, best-preserved 19th-century gold town. It has over 30 buildings listed with the National Trust and, for the most part, they are substantial and often elegant buildings in excellent condition. Perhaps more important is the feel of the streetscape. The historic buildings in so many Australian towns tend to be 'cheek to jowl' with functional modern structures, creating a motley, incoherent and untidy effect. By comparison, Beechworth's streetscape is remarkably coherent and well-preserved. The frequent usage of honey-coloured local granite as a building material lends further cohesiveness. Indeed, there is nothing to mar the overall feel which is redolent of the past.

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