Old Beechworth Gaol

Update 26 October 2020

We have some great news that the Cafe at The Old Beechworth Gaol is open over these September School Holidays; 9am – 2pm daily. We encourage you to bring your own picnic blanket and sit out in the sun while enjoying your coffee, all social distancing regulations apply.

In the past people were happy to get out of this place. Now, we can welcome all those people who want to get back in.

We are very excited to be welcoming visitors to the Old Beechworth Gaol guided tours.

Tours of the Old Beechworth Gaol will occur daily at 11am and 12pm.

We have adapted the tour so we can continue to provide the best experience for our guests and to ensure we comply with the DHHS COVID-19 requirements.

Our maximum capacity is 20 people per tour.

All visitors must adhere to the social distancing requirements including –

Maintaining 1.5 metres separation
Hand sanitisation
Compulsory wearing of masks

On the tour you will get to experience all of the interesting and confronting parts of the Gaol. To ensure we meet the COVID-19 requirements all of the content from our tour guides will be delivered in the outside spaces to avoid congregating indoors. You will get to experience the inner sanctum as we pass through the cell blocks from the exercise yard to the solitary confinement area. During this transition stage of the tour we will not being stopping in the cell blocks, instead the stories relating to this part of the site will be shared with you in the solitary confinement yard.

Our tour guide has some great stories to keep you entertained and we look forward to seeing you!

Welcome to the Old Beechworth Gaol

The Old Beechworth Gaol is one of Australia’s most significant post-European cultural sites. Its role in the chain of events that led to the execution of Ned Kelly is significant as it housed Ned’s mother, Ellen Kelly, many of the Kelly sympathisers and Ned himself, alongside his brother Dan and the rest of the Kelly gang.

The Old Beechworth Gaol is 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.

Local Asset Ownership

In 2016 the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) led a consortium of 20 local families and philanthropic organisations in a local buy-back of the Old Beechworth Gaol after a failed private development.

The site was 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 2020 and the Old Gaol is being transformed, with business, community and cultural activity.

  • 22 New Jobs
  • 45,000 Visitors – Gaol Tours
  • 35 Coworkers
  • 11 Commercial Leases
  • 15 Community Festivals
  • 10,000+ Attendees – Cultural Events

What’s happening at the Old Beechworth Gaol?

Breakout Coworking

Breakout provides an interactive work environment for freelancers, small firms, home-based businesses and entrepreneurs who wish to work in a connected and flexible environment at one of Australia’s most iconic and historical buildings.

Providing a productive, flexible and fun environment. Breakout is a place to share knowledge, collaborate and support new ideas in a ‘community within a community’.

Breakout has the potential to support and accelerate innovative start-up businesses through introductions, networking and mentorships. One of the key aspects of coworking at The Old Beechworth Gaol is to support young people with ideas.
Research has shown that coworking spaces with a consistent theme work best and ours here is supporting young rural entrepreneurs.

With different membership options and no lock in contracts or long leases you can use your hourly allowance throughout the month how it best suits you.

For more information or to book a tour visit the website – Breakout Coworking

Old Gaol Café Courtyard
Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Old Beechworth Gaol Tours Update
26 October 2020

In the past people were happy to get out of this place. Now, we can welcome all those people who want to get back in.

We are very excited to be welcoming visitors to the Old Beechworth Gaol guided tours.

Tours of the Old Beechworth Gaol will occur daily at 11am and 12pm.

We have adapted the tour so we can continue to provide the best experience for our guests and to ensure we comply with the DHHS COVID-19 requirements.

Our maximum capacity is 20 people per tour.

All visitors must adhere to the social distancing requirements including –

Maintaining 1.5 metres separation
Hand sanitisation
Compulsory wearing of masks

On the tour you will get to experience all of the interesting and confronting parts of the Gaol. To ensure we meet the COVID-19 requirements all of the content from our tour guides will be delivered in the outside spaces to avoid congregating indoors. You will get to experience the inner sanctum as we pass through the cell blocks from the exercise yard to the solitary confinement area. During this transition stage of the tour we will not being stopping in the cell blocks, instead the stories relating to this part of the site will be shared with you in the solitary confinement yard.

Our tour guide has some great stories to keep you entertained and we look forward to seeing you!

Tour Times (everyday)

  • 11 am and 1 pm 

Ticket Prices

  • Adults – $15
  • Concession/children – $10
  • Family (4 people) – $40
  • Under 6 years – free

More information please check out the website – Gaol Tours

Breakout Accelerator

The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) and SecondMuse, a global innovation agency, developed the Breakout Accelerator as a dedicated program for rural innovators.

It’s a new way of connecting rural creativity and drive with the power and reach of international networks, experience and expertise.

Through the Breakout Accelerator, a new generation of rural businesses will be coached, mentored and connected to national and global networks to drive their ideas forward whilst staying in the communities they love.

For more information check out the website – Breakout Accelerator

 

Old Beechworth Gaol Cafe

Old Beechworth Gaol

Update 20 September 2020

We have some great news that the Cafe at The Old Beechworth Gaol is open over these September School Holidays; 9am – 2pm daily. We encourage you to bring your own picnic blanket and sit out in the sun while enjoying your coffee, all social distancing regulations apply.

Unfortunately the tours are still closed but we do have our resident Gaol historian telling some stories and available for free Q&A between 11am and 2pm.

We are closely following the rules and regulations set out by the Victorian State Government and look forward to welcoming visitors back inside the Old Beechworth Gaol.

Stay safe and look after each other.

We use freshly roasted Sixpence Coffee beans and serve fabulous espresso coffee and offer locally made cookies and slices.

Open daily 9 am to 2 pm.

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