Population 1572

Heathcote is located near the outskirts of the scenic Heathcote–Graytown National Park, with the McIvor Creek flowing by the town. Heathcote was established during the gold rush, but is now known as a prominent wine region with good red wines produced from a number of new vineyards.

Visitor Information

10 Barrack St; (03) 5433 3121


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Nearby towns

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In Town

Courthouse Crafts: displays relating to the gold rush, plus arts and crafts; High St.

Pink Cliffs: eroded soil from gold sluices gave the cliffs their remarkable pink colour; Pink Cliffs Rd, off Hospital Rd.

McIvor Range Reserve: walking tracks; off Barrack St; details of walks from visitor centre.

Heathcote Winery: this winery, in the old Thomas Craven Stores building, has an art gallery and cellar-door sales; High St.


Heathcote–Graytown National Park Compared with many of Victoria's national parks, Heathcote–Graytown was declared quite late as part of a statewide plan to preserve box-ironbark forest. Now protecting the largest forest of this type in the state, the park is not only an important nature reserve but also has a long history of settlement. Take one of the many walks or scenic drives to explore evidence of Aboriginal, goldmining and pioneering history, or take in scenic views from the lookouts at Mt Black, Mt Ida and Viewing Rock (just near Heathcote). Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; access from Northern Hwy and Heathcote–Nagambie Rd.

Heathcote wine region Here, the red Cambrian soil and the continental climate produce fantastic shiraz. Read more

Lake Eppalock: one of the state's largest lakes, great for fishing, watersports and picnics; 10 km W.

Nearby breweries

Holgate Brewhouse 51 km

Paul and Natasha Holgate have travelled a decidedly different path to most other craft-brewery operators over the past decade or so. They started brewing ales from a shed adjacent to their family home in Woodend in the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Dargile camping area 8 km

The Dargile camping area is accessed from the Heathcote–North Costerfield Rd. On the way there, head up Mt Ida or to the Viewing Rock Lookout in the McIvor Range for some great views; from the latter you can hike... Find out more

Major Creek Reserve camping area 33 km

The camping area at Major Creek Reserve is accessed via Mitchellstown Rd, which departs the Goulburn Valley Hwy about 6 km south of Nagambie and heads west through an old quartz-mining area. There’s plenty of flat... Find out more

Englishs Bridge camping area 36 km

The Campaspe River, which flows out of the Great Dividing Range to eventually join the Murray River to the north, makes a nice setting for an overnight stop. The camping area in the Englishs Bridge Streamside Reserve is... Find out more

Mount Alexander camping area (bush camping) 37 km

You can go bush camping throughout this park. Talk to the ranger about the best places to pitch a tent on the slopes of Lanjanuc, which is the Aboriginal name for the mountain. Along with Dog Rocks, the Langs and... Find out more

Greens Campground 42 km

From Rushworth, follow the Rushworth–Nagambie Rd and then turn onto Green Rd to reach the campground. Once you’ve settled in, walk through the Balaclava open-cut mine and past the remains of puddling machines... Find out more

Trawool Reservoir camping area 48 km

You’ll need a 4WD to get out to Trawool Reservoir, an old water storage at the northern edge of the forest. Drive along Main Rd and turn onto East Falls Rd. For some good views of the surrounding area, head up Mt... Find out more

Freemans camping area 48 km

Formerly the site of a forestry camp, Freemans is now regularly occupied by picnickers and other daytrippers. The open nature of the site makes it good for families and other large groups. Get onto Main Rd from Ennis Rd,... Find out more

Loeser camping area 50 km

The Loeser camping area is located on Loeser Rd, which runs off Hartlands Rd. For some great views over Bendigo and the surrounding region, head across town into the Mandurang section of the park and scale the steep... Find out more

Notley camping area 50 km

Notley is the only overnight option in Greater Bendigo National Park that has pull-through sites suitable for caravans. You’ll find this camping area off Nuggety Rd, which branches off the... Find out more

Warburtons Bridge camping area 50 km

This basic campground is accessed off the Vaughan–Drummond Rd. It’s in the same part of the park as the Vaughan Springs camping area, which may prove useful if Warburtons Bridge is full. Up in the north of... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Goulburn River Tourist Park 40 km

This park is about 1 km from the town centre in a quiet off-highway location on the banks of the Goulburn River. The park offers good clean facilities and is easily accessible. There are canoes for hire. Bookings... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Emeu Inn

Accommodation at Emeu Inn comprises six comfortable suites – some with open fires, some with double spas and some with both – and one self-contained cottage that can sleep four and is accessed through a... Find out more

Hut on the Hill

This country ‘hut’ is really a well-equipped two-bedroom luxury cottage with private solar-heated outdoor pool and Endless Swimspa that massages travel-weary bodies as you relax in it – perhaps while... Find out more

Olive Grove Retreat

This retreat is a luxurious boutique establishment offering tranquil Mediterranean living from its secluded location in the Australian bush. The guesthouse sleeps two and guests have a chef, housekeeper and masseuse at... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 39 km

This strawbale house won a Most Energy Efficient Home award (North West Region) when it was built. More than 1000 trees have been planted on the property since it was purchased, and it is now an alpaca stud. The B&B,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Goornong park area 39 km

At Goornong

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Taungurung rest area 39 km

19km S of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Bendigo North park area 42 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway near the lake on the north side of town.

Grass Tree rest area 42 km

11km NE of Seymour (L) 

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Ravenswood rest area 44 km

20km S of Bendigo (R) or 130km N of Melbourne (L)

Just off the highway.

Jock Comini rest area 44 km

18km S of Bendigo (L) or 132km N of Melbourne (R)

Secluded off the highway among a few trees.

Bendigo South park area 44 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.

Huntly rest area 44 km

At Huntly

Small area just off the highway among some large trees.

Coach Road rest area 45 km

89km S of Benalla (L)

Just off the freeway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Trawool rest area 48 km

10km SE of Seymour (L) or 28km NW of Yea (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Happy Jacks rest area 50 km

At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)

Just off the highway among shady trees 100m north of facilities.

Jessie Kennedy rest area 51 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Vaughan Springs camping area 51 km

T/O 9km S of Castlemaine (L) or 27km N of Daylesford (R)

Small campground 6km east of the highway via Vaughan Springs Rd in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Facilities at nearby picnic area.

Aysons Reserve camping area 51 km

T/O 31km W of Stanhope (R) or 5km E of Elmore (L)

Among some large trees on the riverbank 3km north-east of the highway via Burnewang Rd.

Green Lake Recreation Reserve camping area 55 km

T/O 12km W of Stanhope (R) or 24km E of Elmore (L)

Among a few trees on the shores of the lake 2.5km (partly unsealed) north of the highway.

What's on around town

World's Longest Lunch: Mar.

Rodeo: Mar long weekend.

Heathcote Wine and Food Festival: 1st weekend in Oct.

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