Inverleigh is a town located on the Barwon River. Traveling east from Melbourne towards Hamilton the traveler will pass through this town. Before leaving be sure to visit the Lawson Tree. Though poorly signed can be located behind the now ‘residential pub’.
It has been speculated that the first European to arrive in Inverleigh was William Buckley, but the first European known to have visited Inverleigh was the surveyor J.H. Wedge who arrived in 1835, probably naming the Leigh River after his Tasmanian farm 'Leighlands'.
Very soon thereafter the Weatherboard Station land was taken up either by George Russell or by station manager David Fisher on behalf of The Derwent Company. It was claimed that the weatherboard homestead built by the station manager was Victoria's first weatherboard homestead. The name of the station is now commemorated by Weatherboard Road.
Since the mid 1970s Inverleigh has become a dormitory suburb of Geelong with some residents commuting to Melbourne. The recent opening of the Geelong Ring Road will improve access to Melbourne which should be only a 45 minute drive away.
Before passing through be sure to check out the Lawson Tree.