Welcome to the Old Beechworth Gaol

Opening in 1864, The Old Beechworth Gaol is one of Australia’s most significant post-European cultural sites. More than just the Ned Kelly story with many other characters spending time behind bars, and more than a few characters who helped keep them there.

The Gaol was purchased in 2016 with the generous support of 20 local families and a number of philanthropic foundations. Purchased with a vision to create a vibrant precinct for the social, cultural and economic benefit of the region and a centre of excellence to inspire rural communities across Australia.

Fast forward to 2022 and the vision is still strong, to sensitively re-purpose this beautiful heritage site for our community, the broader region and visitors to the region. This involves multiple tenants, coworking, venue hire and delivering a vibrant, contemporary arts and cultural annual program.

Whether you are here visiting us for a guided tour, having a coffee in our cafe, attending an event, hiring a space, visiting a tenant on site or just wandering past – welcome to the Old Beechworth Gaol.


The Old Beechworth Gaol would like to respectfully Acknowledge the Waywurru and Dhudhuroa peoples and any other mobs who identify as the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which we sit.
We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and extend that respect to other First Australians on Country.

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