Towns and villages
Beechworth is one of only two towns in Victoria classified as "Notable" by the National Trust. With wide tree-lined streets and solid, dignified buildings still in their original splendour, Beechworth is reminiscent of the flamboyant gold rush days. Many buildings, sites, historic trees and the commercial core of the town are listed by the Australian Heritage Commission, Heritage Victoria and the National Trust. These magnificent buildings of the late 1800s have been restored and now house restaurants, accommodation and specialty shops. Beechworth can offer you fine dining, wineries, restaurants, cafes and country pubs, gift shops, book stores and a large selection of bric-a-brac wares.
Wines to fortify, invigorate, enjoy, warm, and best of all, leave you with a memorable taste experience. You can get a taste of the many wonderful wineries, each with their own history and expertise, by the glass or the bottle. Immerse yourself in the heritage as you visit the wineries from historic castles to rustic rooms that house the gold of this region. Savour the full flavours of the area, be it fine dining, casual bistro or picnic hamper and, at the end of the day, enjoy the warm hospitality of an historic pub stay, cabin beside the river, motel or B & B.
Out at the furthest north-western corner of the Shire is one of Indigo's best kept secrets. The serene and peaceful stretch of the Murray River that forms the Shire's boundary at Wahgunyah is quiet now, offering shady havens in an area that was once full of life in the paddle steamer era. After the successful navigation of the Murray River to Wahgunyah in 1853, Wahgunyah became an important paddle steamer port. Today there are a few reminders of this vibrant and colourful passage of history including the Customs House which still watches over visitors arriving from NSW.
Chiltern is a historic town and living memorial to bygone days; its business centre buildings have been restored and maintained to preserve the architecture of its gold mining heritage. The town has developed its theme around historic museums and bric-a-brac shops. Chiltern has been used as a setting for many films including – My Brother Tom, The True Story of Spit McPhee and Ride a Wild Pony. There are quaint shops offering antiques and collectables, as well as cafes and accommodation. With most of its attractions within easy walking distance of the main street, a picturesque park on Lake Anderson, bush walking tracks and bird watching spots in the surrounding Box-Ironbark National Park, Chiltern makes an ideal base for a relaxed holiday in North East Victoria.
Hume and Hovell passed through the Yackandandah valleys in 1824 not long before the area was first settled in 1837. After the discovery of gold in 1852 along the Yackandandah Creek, the town flourished. In 1856 the township was surveyed, land sales began, and substantial buildings were constructed. Today the town retains a wealth of Victorian architecture and picturesque tree lined streets. Heritage Victoria and the National Trust list many of the buildings and trees. In and around Yackandandah there are many walks and scenic drives. The hit movie Strange Bedfellows starring Paul Hogan and Michael Caton was filmed in Yackandandah in 2003.
Tangambalanga, Aboriginal for ‘white clawed lobster’, is situated on Indigo Shire's boundary to the northeast and is 21km from Wodonga. Tangambalanga is the base for a major manufacturer that provides employment to over 120 people.
The historic hamlet of Stanley sits in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, just 8km from Beechworth. A diverse range of flora, fauna and fine local produce abounds: delicious berries and cherries in high summer, crisp apples and juice, walnuts and chestnuts through the autumn. With beautiful gardens and scenic drives, it is a joy in every season.
Barnawartha is a small, historic village, which also shared the excitement of the gold rush of the 1850s. Barnawartha is nestled in a scenic valley, making a welcome resting place for visitors. Koendidda, built in the gold era, is a historic mansion set in a splendid garden setting. Tastefully restored, it now operates as a Bed & Breakfast, and popular wedding venue.