Heywood is a clean and well presented town just 20ks north of Portland. The town will be encountered when heading west from Portland to Mount Gambier. The town has won and enters into the tidy town competitions. The region of the town was once forest and its early being and that of Portland was the timber industry.

Prior to European settlement the area was occupied by the Gunditjmara Aborigines. David Edgar built the Bush Tavern on the townsite in 1842 and a settlement emerged. Formerly known as Fitzroy Crossing it became known as Edgar's. The township was surveyed in 1852 by Lindsay Clarke who named it after Heywood, Wiltshire in England. The first town allotments were sold in 1854 and a Post Office opened on August 8, 1857.

The Heywood War Memorial is located near the old school.

The Museum is placed on the eastern fringe of the town.

The Heywood Hotel has a strong presence when entering from the south.

All denominations are represented in Heywood. The Anglican is an old renovation mix.

The Catholic Church is clearly a century plus building but is undated.

Heywood is a nice town and if the timing is right a coffee or other refreshment would be in order.

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