Wandong and Heathcote Junction
Wandong and Heathcote Junction are neighbouring townships that are located less than one hour from Melbourne on the Hume Highway. Both townships are easily accessible by train from Melbourne and the surrounding areas.
The towns are located at the summit of the Great Dividing Range and near to Mount Disappointment State Forrest. This location means that Wandong and Heathcote Junction are surrounded in natural beauty and have true country charm.
History and Heritage
Wandong and Heathcote Junction are rich in heritage and a substantial part of Mitchell Shire's history. The township was designed by entrepreneur Robert Affleck Robertson who arrived in the town circa 1884 and built an extensive tramway network to Mt Disappointment. This was part of the boom of the timber industry, seasoning works and brickwork industry in the towns.
Today you can visit the historic Wandong Public Hall. The hall is located on the corner of Rail Street and Wandong Avenue. The hall was built from donated timber from the Australia Season Timber company in 1901 and officially opened in 1902. It was first known as the Wandong's Mechanics Institute and Free library. The hall celebrated its centenary in 2002.
Explore the Area
Wandong and Heathcote Junction offer a range of activities for all to enjoy.
The Wandong and Heathcote Junction Memorial Park is located on the Epping-Kilmore Road. The park contains a playground, skate park, war memorial and bush fire memorial. The bush fire memorial commemorates those whom lost their lives from Wandong and Heathcote Junction in the Black Saturday Fires of 2009, providing a place to remember and reflect.
Only a few minutes away from town is the Mount Disappointment State Forest. The area is a natural haven offering beautiful scenery, wildflowers, tree ferns, and wildlife. There is a variety of opportunities to explore the forest with a range of nature based recreational activities. You can tour the many 4wd tracks, bush walking tracks and bike trails, or just enjoy the scenery of the area.
This page was last updated on 30 July 2020.