Beechworth is situated in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, 38km (½ hour) from Albury-Wodonga to the north-east, and 30km from Wangaratta to the south-west. Melbourne is 3 hours drive to the south. It has a population of 4,100 and is a historic goldrush town dating back to 1852.
Beechworth has a ‘low risk’ prison situated on the outskirts of town. Major employment in the town includes Beechworth hospital, Beechworth prison and tourism.