Heyfield

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Railway Hotel
24 George St

About

With its bustling cafes and traditional country pubs, plus shopping, accomodation, and more, Heyfield is a perfect stop to rest and recharge. If you’re still feeling energized, you can take a stroll along the gorgeous Thompson River, or explore the 4km of walking paths and boardwalks through the Heyfleld Wetlands.

Keep an eye out for great local events as well — as the town is known for hosting a fantastic day out.

Amenities:
Toilets, Parking, Shopping Centre, Pharmacy, Doctors and Medical Facilities, Accommodation, Hospitality outlets and Information Centre

History

Though the town and station had been around since the late 1800s, Heyfield was transformed in the 1950s during the postwar timber boom, which saw significant harvesting of alpine ash in the mountains to the north. A number of timber mills sprung up in Heyfield, and the population more than quadrupled between 1949 and 1956. Though the industry started to contract in the 1970s, Heyfield remains a vital source of hardwood in the region, and one of the largest towns in northern Gippsland. Throughout the boom, the railway was essential to the community, with timber moving through station bound for Melbourne as quickly as the freight operators could get it onto the tracks.

The station closed to passenger services in 1977, and to freight in 1987. Destroyed by fire, the original station no longer stands, but the railway reserve has been transformed into a park.

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