The Beechworth Prison (or Beechworth Gaol) was built in 1856 during the gold rush era. In his early life, Ned Kelly did time here for a charge of receiving a stolen horse, before being transferred to Pentridge Prison. Beechworth Prison remained a working prison until 2004. Today it is open to visitors.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.