HEATHCOTE

Heathcote is a small town on the main road between Melbourne and Bendigo. A nice place Heathcote is. The town is nearly two kilomtres long, but that said nice to stroll.

The first European known to have visited the district was Thomas Mitchell in 1836. By 1851 about 400 Europeans lived on some 16 pastoral properties in the area.

Late in 1852 gold was discovered at McIvor Creek. Within six months some 40,000 miners were camped in the vicinity. It proved to be one of the richest finds during the gold rush period but the gold was so easily found that it was soon largely exhausted and by the end of the year a large proportion of the miners had already left. This was not before the Victorian government gazetted the township of Heathcote on the site and ordered the construction of several official buildings.

With the decline of gold mining the region took on an increased importance as a pastoral district.

 A weekend early in October is dedicated to the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival held at the show grounds. This is a dynamic event that has grown rapidly since its inception in 1994. March is host to a relatively new event which began in 2010 to showcase local produce and boutique breweries of the region; the Snag, Beer and Bubble Fest. This event also features local musicians and bands.

The churches in Heathcote are all century plus structures. The Anglican Church being quite old.

The hotels are well spread along the main street.

The Heathcote War Memorial is near the Post Office.

Heathcote does not have a museum.

Heathcote is a nice spot a day is a recommended visit time.

Heritage diary

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course