Heathcote is a town around 50km south of Bendigo in rural Victoria.
Take the B75 exit from the Hume Freeway heading north from Melbourne at Wallan.
Take the A280 south east from Bendigo.
Possible to walk around the town. A fair hike up to the Pink Cliffs and to viewing rock. A car is best unless you are very enthusiastic.
Pick up a map of the attractions from the tourist information centre.
- Pink Cliffs. A whole area near Heathcote was mined for gold by eroding the area with high pressure water, using a water race from a nearby supply. The result 100 years later is an area that resembles a moonscape, with craters and cliffs eroded originally by the miners, and subsequently by the wind and rain. A 2km loop walking track covers the whole area. Admission is free, and interpretive signs explain the history at the various points of interest.
- Viewing Rock. Accessible from the end of Range Road, or from a 800m uphill walk from the Powder Magazine. A view over the town and the surrounding area.
- Swing Bridge at the end of Jennings St, a timber swing bridge over the river hangs from a single steel rope.
- Powder Magazine
- Range Bushwalks
- Devils Cave