Travel just over 200 kilometres from Melbourne and you just might find yourself arriving in the town of Heyfield in Gippsland.
As the gateway to the mountains and high country you’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier place to stop and enjoy on your travels. The region was originally named in approximately 1841 as “Hayfield” however by 1866 the spelling had been changed to Heyfield for little understood reasons. The town grew further as a rest point for diggers travelling to the Gippsland goldfields with the first post office eventually opening in September 1870.
Heyfield is well known for agriculture and timber production, being the principal source of hardwood for Victoria and is currently home to the largest timber mill in the Southern Hemisphere. Heyfield is also very well known as a supportive community, supporting causes and fundraising for special projects and families in need. The Heyfield Community Resource Centre is the recipient of an Australia Day United Nations Award, among several others, for their community work and sustainability programs. The small local historical society recently raised $170,000 in just 5 months for a project to convert the old post office into a museum.
For travellers or visitors there are plenty of things to discover and enjoy in the area. For the adventurous among you, there is the Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park or the Gippsland Rail Trail to explore. The recently upgraded Heyfield Apex Park features a peaceful BBQ area, undercover picnic tables, playground equipment and is located not too far from the local skate park and is also a short walk to the Lion’s Club Rotunda and beautiful Memorial Rose Garden. There is also the Migrant Walk and the Timber Workers Memorial, which commemorates workers tragically killed in the timber industry. Situated at the Heyfield wetlands, overlooking a small lake is the Heyfield Wetlands Information Centre. Four kilometres of walkways with exercise stations and boardwalks have been constructed on the huge 28 hectare reserve. Over 600 man hours and machinery were donated and volunteered for the project, showcasing that famous Heyfield community spirit in action! The wetlands allow for visitors to enjoy walking, exercising, bird watching, fishing, photography and more. Just a beautiful spot.
There are several events at Heyfield and in the area throughout the year including the Heyfield Food and Wine Festival, Glenmaggie Blues and Roots festival as well as the regular Heyfield Market which is very popular. Nearby attractions include Lake Glenmaggie which offers camping, boating, water skiing, fishing, birdwatching and bush walks. You can stop in at the Tinamba General Store nearby for an ice cream or stop through Cowwarr and perhaps even glimpse one of the famous “Cowwarr cows” scattered around the town. Can you find them all? Come and visit Heyfield and the Heyfield region today and sample some of the famous local hospitality, you really won’t be disappointed!
For more information on the Heyfield region and attractions, please visit www.visitheyfield.com.au