Heywood is a town on the Fitzroy River in the Australian state of Victoria.
- Area:252.992 km2
- Elevation:28 m
- Local Government Area:Glenelg Shire Council
Heywoodis a town on the Fitzroy River in the Australian state of Victoria. It is situated at an elevation of 27 metres amidst rolling green hills in an agricultural, pastoral and timbercutting district. Heywood is 357 kilometres (222 mi) west of Melbourne at the intersection of the Princes and Henty Highways and 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of Portland. It is on the railway line to Portland, at the junction of the presently-unused branch to Mount Gambier, South Australia.
The winner of several past "Tidy Town" awards, it is often referred to as the "Jewel of the Southwest".
Prior to European settlement the area was occupied by the Gunditjmara Aborigines. David Edgar built the Bush Tavern on the townsite in 1842 and a settlement emerged. Formerly known as Fitzroy Crossing it became known as Edgar's. The township was surveyed in 1852 by Lindsay Clarke who named it after Heywood, Wiltshire in England. The first town allotments were sold in 1854 and a Post Office opened on 8 August 1857.Heywood has won many Tidy Town awards.
Heywood has a Mediterranean influenced oceanic climate with mildly warm, dry summers and cool, very wet winters.
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