If getting back in touch with nature is what you’re looking for, Heathcote ticks all the boxes.
With the township sitting at the base of beautiful Mount Ida and surrounded by stunning parklands, reserves and box-ironbark forests, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped back in time to the days of the goldrush.
Tracks for hiking or cycling, wildflowers aplenty and opportunities for bird watching or even a spot of prospecting can be found throughout National Parks and State Forests close to town. The famous O’Keefe trail is perfect for a scenic walk or bike ride.
Go exploring around Bald Hill, Devil’s Cave, Stranger’s Rock and the historic Pink Cliffs – but beware the open mines that you may encounter along the way!
Perhaps a relaxing picnic in beautiful surrounds is more your style. Check out the Valley of Liquidambers close to the centre of town, or head to Dargile Reserve, which is also a great spot for camping. Viewing Rock will offer the perfect perspective of the town and beyond.
And, if you love the aquatic life, take a drive just 15 minutes down the road to Lake Eppalock – central Victoria’s largest water storage – and enjoy fishing, sailing, water skiing and so much more.