Beechworth is situated north of Victoria’s alpine region, 38 km east of Wangaratta.

It is one of Victoria’s best preserved former gold mining towns, with many historic buildings remaining from that time, including a dark cell that at one time held the infamous Ned Kelly. The former Mayday Hills hospital – Beechworth Lunatic Asylum – now houses the local campus of LaTrobe University. The Beechworth Cemetery also contains a section devoted to Chinese nationals who came to the town during the gold rush. Chinese burning towers, used in Chinese burials, were built and can still be seen today.

For walkers and cyclists there are many trails and rides to explore around the town and beyond. Lake Samball Reserve is popular for picnics, water and boating activities, and is the starting point for many walks and rides.

There are also many vineyards in the area, and scenic drives to visit them.


Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students. See ‘useful links’ for website details.

There are many other accommodation options in Beechworth, from Cabins at the Caravan Parks to reasonably priced hotels. See the following websites for more information.

Useful Links

The following websites provide a little more information about the Beechworth township and region:


Health Service Information:

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Beechworth. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



For more information and general enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791



Thanks to Shiftchange and Williewhistler from Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.