Gold was discovered at the foot of Mt Bealiba in 1856 and, although the subsequent rush saw the town rocket to a population peak of 12 000, it only lasted 18 months, after which land became available for selection and farming began. Visit the beautifully restored Railway Station that proved a boon to local agriculture when it arrived from Dunolly in 1878.
There are walking and driving tours of Bealiba available at the Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre. The walking tracks take you through the red ironbark forests of the neighbouring Bealiba Ranges and Tunstall State Forest.
The Bealiba Reservoir is fantastic for a quiet spot of fishing with free camping and amenities. Whether it’s a leisurely sightseeing drive or a beer in the local country pub... a drive around Bealiba and on to the Melville Caves in bushranger territory, is just another reason to stay another day in the area.