Leave the city behind and discover Beaufort, a small town with big history and strong ties to the fine wines and produce of the Pyrenees.
Beaufort started as a gold rush town when gold was discovered at Fiery Creek in 1854. Meander down the main street which has several cafés, trattorias and produce outlets including the old fruit and vegetable market building, a reminder of whimsical building styles.
Visit the wineries of the Pyrenees wine region. Throughout the year many wineries offer menus designed by top chefs to complement specially selected wines, as well as live music and theatre shows. Get an alternative perspective of the region at the Rainbow Serpent Festival, a summer long-weekend of music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing.
Explore Mount Buangor State Park and Mount Cole State Forest, a perfect camping spot featuring fireplaces and huts for shelter. Take in the views of the surrounding hills on the Beeripmo walking track, or throw yourself into the variety of outdoor activities on offer at Grampians National Park.
Beaufort is located on the Western Highway just 30 minutes west of Ballarat.