Beaufort is small highway town that is encountered on the Ballarat to Adelaide Hgy. A really nice town this is with a number of great attributes. Wide streets, strong heritage values, plus really friendly people determine a stopover is a must.The town takes its name either from Rear-Admiral Francis Beaufort or a Welsh village in Monmouthshire.
Thomas Mitchell passed through the district on his expedition of 1836. Early settlers in the area were the Kirkland Brothers and a Mr. Hamilton; the latter took up Trawalla Station in 1838.
Gold was discovered in 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.