Step up and get ready to walk your way through a seven-day curated program featuring over 30 guided and 40 self-guided walk events across Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah. The Festival of Short Walks kicks off from Monday 14th and goes through to Sunday 20th of October. Join local guides as they share the region’s best stories while walking through iconic landscapes that are rich in nature, arts and culture, food and wine.
“Exploring the unique natural scenery of this area is best done on foot,” Indigo Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bernard Gaffney said.
“Take the time to learn about the significant heritage of our streetscapes and hear the stories of personalities that have helped shaped our nation’s cultural identity, and of course top it all off with some of the best brewed beer and handcrafted wine that our region is renowned for.”
Wake up to a wellness walk ‘Lake Labyrinth’ at Lake Sambell in Beechworth before heading out on a forage and feast adventure along the Murray River near Rutherglen for lunch. Saunter into the afternoon exploring the main street of Yackandandah and then roam through Chiltern Mt-Pilot National Park in search of spring-time wildflowers. Finish the week atop Beechworth’s glorious granite boulders, sipping a drop of Beechworth’s finest wine, while you share a story or two of your own.
Each of the guided and self-guided walks vary in the time and fitness required and are graded using the Australian Walking Grading System. Take a 30 minute stroll through the main street of Yackandandah or take on a 7km amble through the Beechworth Gorge to Woolshed Falls. Walkers can take on as little or as much as they desire as the program is designed so walkers can enjoy a number of walks before rewarding their efforts afterwards.
Step into the Beechworth Walk Hub at the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre to collect individual walk maps and the festival program which has been designed for walkers to enjoy a variety of walk events across the region.
Visitors can also purchase tickets at the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre or visit the Festival of Short Walks website: walkhighcountry.com.au/festival-of-short-walks