Throughout the year Heathcote region businesses offer many special events.
There's the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival (October) with additional Festival
dinners, The Heathcote World's Longest Lunch (March), Wine and Music events,
art shows, accommodation specials, lunches and dinners for special occasions,
winery tours, nature walks, kite flying days, cooking competitions, golf events
and star parties organised by the Astronomical Society of Victoria.
Keen golfers should pack their clubs and enjoy a round at one of the state's top
rural courses. Photographers and nature lovers will be entranced by the club's
bush setting where birds and kangaroos abound.
Heathcote is a great destination.
Bushwalking, cycling, orienteering, photography, wildflowers, bird watching,
sightseeing - gold prospecting and gemstone fossicking. With dark skies away
from city lights, Heathcote is an ideal locality for astronomers and stargazers.
Destinations within the town precinct include: the unique geographical reserve
at Pink Cliffs; historic buildings such as the newly refurbished Old Goal,
Courthouse, Council Office and other significant buildings.
Popular picnic spots - Barrack Reserve, the Rotunda at the Dargile camping and
picnic area, the Valley of the Liquidambars, Pink Cliffs, along McIvor Creek and
Forest Drive; walks or drives to nearby lookouts at Viewing Rock and Mt. Ida.
The town has preserved its past with streets of bull nose verandahs and fine
Many restaurants, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and cafe now command the town
centre, and are supportive of the local produce.
Although a relatively new wine region, Heathcote is fast developing a reputation
for producing some of the finest Shiraz in the world, as well as high quality
varieties such as Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its' unique
Cambrian soils produce internationally known fine wines.
Although many of the Heathcote wineries are small, family owned businesses,
their numbers are growing, ensuring Heathcote continues to make its mark on the
domestic and global wine market.
Heritage buildings, spectacular views, antiques and crafts, galleries,
bushwalking, National and State Parks are all within easy reach. Come and enjoy
the good food, local wines, sunshine and fresh country air that Heathcote region
has to offer.