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Since becoming licensees Ross and Lorraine have restored the hotel to reflect the period in which it was built. The main bar and the bar in the lounge have been rebuilt using some of the timber from the bridges on the old Beechworth railway line. The “old pub yard” has been refurbished to create a garden courtyard. The brickwork paving is made from old red bricks. A feature of the Courtyard is a large Chinese Elm – a fitting
memorial to Chinese immigrant Albert Wong and his family, who ventured to Beechworth during the gold rush. The courtyard overlooks the site of the bare-knuckle fight between Ned Kelly and Isiah "Wild" Right.
The main bar has a unique display of sporting memorabilia, a pool table, video juke box and an open fire in winter. The Bar itself, contains salvaged timber, milled from the timber supplied to the Beechworth Railway, by the Burkes Holes Mill at Greta, during the period when Ned Kelly was the overseer.
Nicholas Hotel will be the perfect venue for our Saturday evening meal.
The Nicholas Hotel will be the perfect venue for our Saturday evening meal.Don’t forget the Asylum tour on Sunday night. This promises to be an informative and respectful tour of the facility. To book contact Geoff on +61 473 376 848 and tell him you are with the Jowett Car Club
There are only 7 months to go before the start of the JCCA Alpine Rally in Beechworth. The Victorian and NSW Governments have both issued roadmaps to guide us out of the Covid-19 lockdowns into a bright Covid normal future. We are sure that not only will the rally go ahead but it will be one to remember. Why not plan to end your lockdown with a magical tour of Beechworth?
There is one thing that is becoming clear however, everyone will need to be vaccinated to travel.
The Old Priory has unfortunately had to cancel our presentation
night booking, fortunately we have secured the George Kerford Hotel as our new
Presentation night venue. It is located in the peaceful heritage gardens of
Like most of Beechworth the George Kerford Hotel is located in an historic building.
128 years of service, Mayday Hills Asylum closed its doors in 1995. The site
was purchased by La Trobe University in 1996 and redeveloped as a hotel school.
The school was closed in 2011. The building remained empty until 2013, when local families
purchased the site and renovated it to become the beautiful George Kerferd
We have already reserved the whole of the Armour Motor Inn (3.5 stars)
at 1 Camp St., Beechworth as our primary motel-style accommodation venue. The
Armour Motor Inn is perfectly located being only a very short walk from several
important venues we are using over the weekend, namely the Public Concours
Display, our historic tour of Beechworth, and one of our dinner venues is right
next door! They have an in-ground solar-heated pool with sauna, and a nice
The Armour Motor Inn is holding all 20 rooms for until the end of December 2021. There are only 6 rooms left so get in quick. Fiona has told us that she is not taking bookings but will take your booking on faith.
We are visiting Beechworth on the ANZAC Day weekend at the height of the autumn tourist season, so you need to secure your accomodation early.
We have been able to negotiate a discounted room rate for JCCA members.
Fiona on 03 5728 1466
- In case we need more than 20 rooms, there are two alternative motels available. We have not made any deals with these motels.
- Beechworth Carriage Motor Inn (3.5 stars) which has 27 rooms. The motel is located in central Beechworth
- Best Western Beechworth Motor Inn (4 stars) They only have 10 rooms.
- They are always fully booked out well in advance of the Anzac Day weekend. This motel is not located in central Beechworth, and so you will need to drive everywhere over the weekend.
- Note that the George Kerford Hotel has been fully booked for the ANZAC Day weekend, so we wont be the only group in Beechworth. Book early to secure your accomodation
We have also reserved Caravan Park cabins and powered sites in the Lake Sambell Caravan Park. This is the only caravan park in greater Beechworth and is located only a short driving distance from the historic town centre and the Armour Motor Inn. The Park itself is a paradise with swimming and fishing in the lake, golf, or just kick, back read a book, and enjoy the spectacular view of lake while enjoying a cold beverage. It is a very popular Caravan Park, and because we are staying over the ANZAC Day weekend at the height of their autumn tourist season, it will book out quickly. Make your decision and act now!
Contact details: 20 Peach Dr, Beechworth Vic 3747, Ph: 03 5728 1421, Fax: 03 5728 1421
We are offering an optional element during the rally for those who are interested in a Ghost Tour of the Old Beechworth Asylum........at night, starting at 9:00pm! The Beechworth Asylum (established 1867) is a decommissioned mental hospital located in the tranquil Mayday Hills precinct and is one of the largest such hospitals to be built in Victoria. More recently known as the Mayday Hills Hospital, it closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation. The 90-minute walking tour encompasses the history of the facility, memories, local tall tales, urban myths, and so is less of a sensational Ghost Tour experience, and more of a history lesson. Due to new Covid rules you will need to call the Asylum directly. The Optional Ghost Tour is an extra $30.00 per adult (not suitable for children U/12). Please book directly with Geoff on +61 473 376 848 and tell him you are with the Jowett Car Club.
What about joining an optional free wine-tasting courtesy of Indigo Vineyard after a day on the road in your Jowett. The tasting will be at the Armour Motor Inn prior to the Sunday night dinner. The dinner will be held just a short walk from the Armour so there will be no need to get behind the wheel again.
This is just a snippet of what is on offer during the 2022 JCCA International Rally based at Beechworth. We can assure you that you will experience a unique rally in a special very scenic location on the Great Alpine Road at the foothills of the Victorian Alps that matches our theme: “JCCA Alpine Rally”. Don’t be concerned about bringing your Bradford, we haven’t included any mountain passes like the legendary Col de Turini used in the Monte Carlo Rally, it will be totally suitable for all Jowetts!
You will find the registration form in “The Javelin” and accompanying this notice.
We look forward to seeing you in Beechworth
2022 JCCA International Rally sub-committee
2022 JCCA INTERNATIONAL RALLY: Beechworth, Victoria, Australia
The members of the Jowett Car Club of Australia are very pleased to invite all Jowett club members internationally to join us Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. The rally will be held from Friday 22nd April 2022 to Monday 25th April 2022. Covid-19 willing of course.
Why Beechworth; because it has much to offer as the location for the
Jowett Car Club of Australia 2022 International Rally. It is a quiet and
picturesque Victorian country town that features an historic precinct with many
1850s gold rush era buildings, including the Telegraph Station, Gaol,
Courthouse, Hotels, Post Office, Town Hall, Powder Magazine, etc.
Beechworth lies on the Great Alpine Road at the foothills of the Victorian Alps, and because Jowett cars have a strong connection to the 1950s International Alpine Rally, we have adopted an appropriate theme for our rally “The JCCA Alpine Rally”. The original International Alpine Rally was regarded as the toughest of the European trials, covering 2,000 miles and including 20 or more of Europe’s highest mountain passes. Our rally will be nowhere near as demanding; you can be assured that all roads used during the rally will be selected with Bradfords in mind!
Beechworth is a very popular tourist destination, and so we have set the dates for the rally to avoid the school holidays. Nevertheless, most of the accommodation at Beechworth will be booked out way in advance; in fact, many people book their Caravan Park accommodation a year in advance.
The 2022 JCCA International Rally will allow you to take a step back in time and follow the journey of Beechworth's history, from pioneers looking to strike it rich in the goldfields, to the region's indigenous people, to some of Australia's most notorious bushrangers
Beechworth Historic Courthouse
One of Beechworth's most visited attractions, the historic Courthouse is a beautifully preserved living history museum and the site of some of the dramatic events of gold era Australia, including the trial which sealed Ned Kelly's fate.
Ned Kelly Vault
Boasting the largest collection of Ned Kelly memorabilia, images and artefacts, this collection and the building it's housed in takes you on a journey to understand the man and the interest his story has generated. The exhibition features "Betty", a rifle used by Ned Kelly, the armour suit worn by Mick Jagger in the move Ned Kelly and a reproduction of the famous Jerilderie Letter.
Other key buildings in the Beechworth Historic Precinct include the Town
Hall, Telegraph Station, Post Office, many historic Hotels, the Police Reserve
and stables, and the stone and timber lock-ups. This area is where we plan to
hold the 2022 International Rally Public Concours Display.
Stay well and we will see
you in Beechworth in 2022
Your 2022 International Rally Organising Committee