What you can do around Woolshed Cabins…
Walk to Woolshed Falls
A 20 minute walk from Woolshed Cabins provides the opportunity for guests to have a picnic or take a self guided walk around the old alluvial gold workings. Spectacular after heavy rainfall, the Woolshed Falls are a popular place to visit. Relax in the natural rock formations enjoying the atmosphere of the once bustling gold mining sites, the centre of one of Victoria's richest goldfields that lured thousands to the area in 1852 in search of gold. With over 2000 onces (57 Kilograms) extracted from this site during the years of 1918-1920.
For more information about Woolshed falls go to www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
Walk to town via the Beechworth Historic Park
Just down the road from Woolshed Cabins is the beginning of the Beechworth Historic Park, an hour and half "ish" walk into town for breakfast... through the rugged granite landscape and The Cascades, a series of waterfalls from Spring Creek. A personal favorite as it's a great walk where you can take your dog with you. There are many points of interest on the way such as One Tree Hill, Powder magazine and Newton bridge. This rugged landscape was the scene of many Kelly Gang exploits.
Mt Pilot lookout
Mount Pilot National park is in itself a Gem of the North East, we are going to take a 360 degree glimpse from the cockpit at it and its surrounds. Turn right onto Old Coach Road and following the signs to the car park at the base. You will drive on an amazingly good granite gravel road through the quintessential Australian bush. Look out for kangaroos, wallabies, lizards and Snakes. It's worth noting that Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park has recorded over 200 species of bird life so pay special attention to the treetops and the sky's. From the car park it's a short scramble to the top....The view?... a very unique 360 degree rock platform you can see from the mighty Murray to Mount Buffalo.
Yeddonba, The Aboriginal Art Site
This Aboriginal Art Site was re opened in October 1997 to showcase the artwork of the dominant indigenous clan of the area, the Duduroa. The clan, of around 2000 covered the area south of Wodonga, around Beechworth, and almost to Wangaratta. They were a sub-clan of the Goulbum Valley people, the Pangarang.
Mt Pilot was important to the Duduora, Pangarang, Quat Quatta and Minjambutta clans as a spiritual and ceremonial site. Springs located in the rock of the Mt Pilot lookout were an essential water source to these clans.
The artwork, thought to be over 2000 years old, is of a Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger, a Goanna and a Snake. These three items represent totem spirits of the Duduroa.
The site is well signposted and is in Toveys Forest Road which runs off the Beechworth to Chiltern Road about 12 Km from either town.
This walk begins to the left of the picnic area towards the bracken. Follow the path the whole way. Use this map and the interpretive signs located along the walk as a guide to a better understanding of the indigenous way of life.
ROCK ART: Clan elders used this sacred site to pass on the Dreaming Story of the Tasmanian Tiger, the totem spirit of the Duduroa people. The images thought to be around 2000 years old are quite faded but cannot be repainted as there are no known descendants of the Duduroa alive today. It is thought the orange ochre used in the paintings was acquired from Aboriginal clans in South Australia through trade.
TASMANIAN TIGER: One of the paintings is quite clearly a Tasmanian Tiger. How did the local Victorian Aboriginies paint a Tasmanian Native Animal?