Beaufort is in the Goldfields region in Victoria.

Beaufort is situated 165 kilometres from Melbourne on the Western Highway between Ararat and Ballarat and the town has a population of just over 1000 people.

Gold was discovered in Beaufort 1852, with another gold rush from 1854 at nearby Fiery Creek. The Fiery Creek diggings supported four townships, Beaufort, Yam Holes Creek, View Point and Southern Cross, during the 1850s.

Beaufort was surveyed in 1857 and town allotments were sold from 1858. By 1860, Beaufort had become a small but strong agricultural, pastoral and timber district. Beaufort Court House was built in 1864 and the Post Office renamed as Beaufort the same year.

Beaufort also boasts the Beaufort Primary School and Beaufort Secondary College.

The town is serviced by railway at the Beaufort railway station on the Ararat railway line.

Beaufort is primarily known around the state for the five day music and arts festival, the Rainbow Serpent Festival which has been held since 1998 during January on the outskirts of the town.

Pet friendly accommodation in Beaufort consists of pet friendly caravan parks, pet friendly motels, and pet friendly cottages, and pet services in and around Beaufort are mainly rural based with pet food outlets, pet breeders, vets, horse riding opportunities, pet supplies and pet accessories, pet friendly dining venues, and pet insurance agents.

Beaufort is a lovely township and if you are heading along the Western Highway for any reason it is recommended that you plan a break at Beaufort.


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