Planning your trip
Before you leave home, here's a few tips to make your visit to Beechworth and your stay at 1860 comfortable and memorable.
With cooktop, microwave/convection oven, full fridge, dishwasher, BBQ and quality utensils you don't have to compromise on flavour. The well stocked kitchen has all the essentials for those that like to self cater and cook up a storm. There is an excellent IGA supermarket in Beechworth, a quality butcher and specialty wine and produce stores to ensure you get the best in regional produce.
1860 is fully self-contained. If you would like us to supply a breakfast basket (we leave it in the fridge for you), please order a basket when you make your booking.
Restaurants and cafés are a short 5 minute walk into the centre of Beechworth if you're not in the mood for cooking.
1860 has a washing machine, dryer and clothes line.
1860 is located at the end a Surrey Lane. It is private and overlooks the Lake Sambell Parklands and Spring Creek. With half an acre of land to enjoy, you are surrounded by trees not houses. The centre of Beechworth is a 300 metre walk so there is no need for your car or taxis.
Beechworth is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne up the Hume Highway, 4 hours from Canberra and 6 hours from Sydney. You can also arrive by train to Wangaratta with connecting VLine Bus or by plane to Albury Airport, which is a 40 minute drive to Beechworth. Car hire is available.
If your bike is part of the family, 1860 is next to the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail so it's easy to arrive on two wheels.
From Melbourne travel north on the Hume Hwy for approx 2.5 hours. Turn off the hwy on B500 the Great Alpine Rd to Beechworth and Bright (this is well signposted and comes soon after all signs to Wangaratta). Beechworth is a 30 minute drive after turning off the Hume Hwy. Travel along the Great Alpine Rd and take the turnoff to Beechworth (C315). You will come into Beechworth on Ford St (the main road through town). Pass through the first (and only) roundabout (Post Office on one corner) and take the first right into Williams St (at the Old Beechworth Goal). Then turn left into High St and Surrey Lane is the second street on your right, after Billson St.
From Albury/Canberra/Sydney travel south to Beechworth via Wodonga on the Beechworth Rd. After a 30 minute drive, you will come into Beechworth passing the Beechworth Secondary College and Beechworth Health Service. Keep driving until you see the Old Beechworth Goal and turn left into Williams St (bordering the Goal). Then turn left into High St and Surrey Lane is the second street on your right, after Billson St.
Beechworth has four distinct and glorious seasons. We have lots of sunshine, cool nights and clear days. Summer is very warm and great for swimming, autumn leaves are abundant and beautiful in late April, winter is for romance next to 1860's open fire and spring is perfect for nature walks and cycling.
What to pack in summer: bathers to cool down at Lake Sambell, a hat (essential under the hot Australian sun), water bottles and a backpack for day walks and wanders around Beechworth, comfortable sturdy schools (we don't recommend doing walks around the Beechworth Historic Park in sandles or thongs).
What to pack in winter: a very warm jacket as temperatures get down to around 10 degrees in the evening, a raincoat so you can get out and about if it's drizzly (Beechworth is not known for excessive rain so don't fret that your trip will be a washout), sturdy, solid shoes for walking in nature.
Couples Retreat - Leave the Kids at Home
Here's your excuse to leave the kids at home. 1860 Luxury Accommodation is private, romantic and designed for one couple only. We do not cater for people under 18 years old.