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The road from Heywood north from the Princes Highway (turn off to Casterton) takes you on a picturesque journey through the heart of the Glenelg Shire and the small villages resting in the gentle rolling hills of "Australia Felix".
The main old bullock track north from Portland was the only way to access the fertile grazing lands where 'Merino Downs', Francis Henty's first station was established. These days it's just a pleasant country drive connecting the coast into Victoria's rich western district pastoral country. A sign states as you enter Merino – "Slow Down, we don't have the people to spare", gives you a real taste of this pretty village. A streetscape which reminds you of a more prosperous time and the old stockman's route offers you an opportunity to take time to enjoy more. Points of interest also include the historic photographic display in the town hall.