Heathcote is surrounded by stunning parklands and reserves offering scenic views, Box-Ironback forests and relics from the gold rush time. Wildflowers are prolific in spring, birdwatching can be magical and walking tracks weave through bush revealing views, perfect picnic spots and natural wonders.
Heathcote-Graytown National Park
The Heathcote-Graytown National Park is a great place for bushwalks. For great views of the surrouding area explore Mt Ida and Viewing Rock. The park has a rich history with relics from the gold rush and war era to discover at Graytown.
Argyle and Spring Plains State Forest
This is an ideal area for observing birds, native fauna and wildflowers in springtime; prospecting and bike riding with a degree of challenge. Watch out for sections of the historic water race from Tooborac to the historic Pink Cliffs gold workings.
One Eye State Forest
Abundant with bird life, this forest has several good walking and bike riding tracks. It was once busy with gold miners - most shafts have since been filled in, but beware of those still uncovered.
Situated nearby the township of Heathcote this bare hill was once cleared for open cut mining. The site worked intermittently between 1860 and 1910, with attempts to mine the hill for manganese and gold.
Whether you prefer to camp in the bush or in a caravan park with facilities, you can do either in and around Heathcote. Dargile Reserve in the Heathcote-Graytown National Park is popular and there are now choices nearer to Lake Eppalock.
Parks Victoria is the State government body that oversees the management of much of our natural environment. Their mission is to protect and improve Victoria’s parks and waterways for people forever. To find out more about the surrounding parks and reserves you can visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au