We survived our first full day of driving on the opposite side of the road, with the GPS deciding we needed more driving time and gave us the scenic route out of Melbourne. After getting back on course and stopping for a wonderful visit at the Dal Zatto winery, we cruised through a few beautiful countryside roads and soon found ourselves at our evening’s destination, Beechworth.

Being in the later hours of the day, the town had gone all sleepy, and everything was quiet and peaceful. Looking up and down the streets, it felt like we had stepped back in time to the Old West. I almost expected to hear the theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly drifting through the air, with the whip crack and all.

We checked into our lodging and that night chatting with a couple next to us a dinner, we discovered there is much more to this sleepy little town than first meets the eye. First off there are glimpses and nods to the legendary outlaw Ned Kelly. You might think of him as Victoria’s Billy the Kid. Interesting man who captured the attention of nearly everyone, and also made a wicked suit of armor.

Then there were the shops. Those quaint Old West buildings we saw peacefully sleeping… one after another they housed the coolest little businesses. “Just wait until they open” the couple next to us told us. “They are amazing”.

They next day came and we went exploring. Sure enough, Old West on the outside, coolest stuff ever on the inside. One of the cool little locales that are a must for nearly everyone to discover is the Bridge Road Brewery and Pizzeria. Amazing.

It is tough to chose what was our favorite part about Bridge Road. The beers were fantastic. One of the best porters I’ve ever had. The pizza’s were exceptional. Perfect thin crusts, great balance and quality with the toppings. The interiors were cool rustic, seating areas nestled in between the brick walls and the brewing tanks. And their logo was Ned Kelly in his armor. What more is there to say.

We loved this place and can’t wait to get back to Beechworth to explore more.

-Todd and Diane