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Beaufort is a laid-back, charming town located on the way to Ararat from Ballarat.

Highly recommended as a scenic stopover, the small town is buzzing with cute cafes to unwind in, as well as walking trails for the adventurous at heart.

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At one point in time, the Jajowarrung Aborigines occupied the town area, and they referred to it as Peerick. Thomas Mitchell was the first European to settler here, though a Mr Hamilton took up land in the area by 1838. Mr Hamilton established a Trawalla station before it was turned into grazing land by Adolphus Goldsmith in 1814. By 1852, gold was discovered here, with another gold rush at the nearby Fiery Creek just two years after.

It is said that the town takes its name from Rear Admiral Francis Beaufort, who was responsible for inventing the Beaufort scale used to measure the velocity of the wind.

Wander along the main street of Beaufort, which takes you back in time to the 1950’s with its elegant historic architecture. Several quaint cafes and shops offer a wide array of local food, refreshments, as well as handmade goods to purchase. Antique enthusiasts can also check out the numerous shops filled with unique, pre-loved pieces for your home.

For some relaxation, check out the Beaufort Lake. Families and visitors frequent this area for its tranquil vibe, and it’s also perfect for a picnic lunch. Water sports as well as fishing and boating are popular activities on the lake, making it the ideal destination for families and friends.

Nature enthusiasts are recommended to visit the Mount Cole State Forest and Mount Buangor – not too far away from town. These natural attractions are abundant with wildflowers and native orchids during the spring. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a hike at the Beeripmo walking track; you can choose from single or multi-day treks to suit your fitness abilities.

Other interesting things to see in Beaufort include the War Memorial, Band Rotunda, Mechanics’ Institute, The Garage Sales, and the historic Primary School.

If you are looking for a place to stay, there are hotels, motel and a caravan park (if you want to try camping) in town, or there are quite a few accommodation choices available over in Ararat.

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Michael Jones

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