Heyfield

Located on the Thomson River, Heyfield is an acknowledged gateway to Victoria's High Country.

Location: 206 km east of Melbourne.

The town services the timber industry, a very large dairy farming community and thousands of tourists visiting Lake Glenmaggie and the vast expanses of natural bush and National Parks in the high country. Once the home of eight sawmills, it is now the major sawmilling centre of hardwoods in Victoria.

The town grew up as a stopping point for diggers on their way to the Gippsland goldfields and is today known for its agriculture and timber production. Two of eight timber mills still operate.


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Origin of name: An early settler first described the district as resembling a 'field of waving corn', and so called it 'Heyfield'.

Things To See and Do

Gippsland Plains Rail Trail

The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail runs from Stratford (near Sale) in the East to Traralgon in the West and covers a distance of approx 67km.  The trail can be reached within 1.5 hours from Melbourne (Traralgon) or 2.5 hours (Stratford).  VLine rail services connect to both Stratford and Traralgon daily. Bicycle transport is free however must be booked in advance.

Heyfield Wetlands

Heyfield Wetlands is a serene location for visitors to take a walk around the walkways, to observe the birds and fauna close up. The Wetlands Centre provides information and restroom facilities, it also has a public BBQ available at all times.

Surrounding Area

Glenmaggie Weir

Lake Glenmaggie was created in the 1920s by damming the Macalister River a short distance below the junction with the Glenmaggie Creek. The, now flooded, shallow valley once comprised rich alluvial flats dotted with farms and the small settlement of Glenmaggie. The blocks of the Glenmaggie township were first offered for sale in August 1877.

Most of the original buildings were located below the Full Supply Level of the weir and they, along with nearby farms, were inundated as the weir filled. The last building to close in the old Glenmaggie township was the hotel. When the slowly rising water finally reached the bar a last round was consumed and that was it. The township did continue for some years higher up the bank, where a number of buildings had been relocated.

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