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The town of Heywood services a wide area, and has a bustling town centre, complete with lovely streetscaping and an abundance of rose bushes. Part way between Portland and Casterton on the Princes Highway, Heywood is a place of significant cultural importance, and is also home to the popular Wood, Wine and Roses Festival. A free Dump Point is open 24/7 in Hunter Street.
The town was born out of the ashes, after fires razed the township of Second River in 1851. It has historical significance as a busy crossing with settlers and gold seekers who made the day's journey from Portland to settlements further inland, and the bridge built across the Fitzroy River in the 1840s is said to be Victoria's first bridge.
Over 4000 visitors are drawn to the town each February, when Heywood hosts the Wood, Wine and Roses Festival. Activities include wood chopping, local food and wine tasting, parades, carnival rides, market stalls, floral art, photography, painting, live bands and family entertainment.
Heywood is a great base for a drive to Mt Eccles National Park. It is also close to the Lake Condah Mission, a significant aboriginal site, and cultural tours of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape are offered through Budj-Bim Tours.
Visitor information is available at the Heywood Bakery