Kingfisher Pool campground is located in the middle of Heathcote National Park, north west of Waterfall train station. The campground itself is positioned about 50 meters above the tranquil Kingfisher Pool.
You can access the site by foot only, as Heathcote National Park is a vehicle-free area. It's quite a long walk along the Bullawarring track to the campground, so be sure to take plenty of water and a topographic map with you.
There are only six sites at this small campground, accommodating up to 18 campers and making for a peaceful bush atmosphere
Located on the famous 510 million year old Cambrian earth belt in central Heathcote, the Sanguine Estate vineyard was established by Tony and Linda Hunter in 1995.
Over a decade since the first vines at Sanguine Estate were carefully planted by family and friends, they discovered that Tony's Great Great Grandfather, Pietro D'Orsa, had planted a vineyard nearby in the late 1800s so it has been in the blood all along!
Shiraz is the heart of their vineyard and son Mark Hunter, winemaker and viticulturist, ensures that nature is respected from vine to ferment by hand-picking and pruning the vines, fermenting fruit with its own wild yeasts in open fermenters and moving wine around the cellars using gravity. They also produce chardonnay, Tempranillo, Ros? and a cabernet blend.
The Hunter family, with daughter Jodi at the helm, don't do things by halves. Guests to the cellar door are always met by a family member and will be 'up close and personal' with the inner sanctum of both the winery and barrel room whilst enjoying complimentary wine tasting.
Notable annual events include the Sanguine Estate Music Festival, Heathcote on Show in June and the October Heathcote Wine and Food Festival....
Heathcote Winery has been awarded Australia?s Best Large Cellar Door and Cellar Door with Best Food in Heathcote for three years running by Gourmet Traveller Wine.
Heathcote Winery specialise in the production of shiraz, ros? and viognier. Their premium range of wines, sourced entirely from estate vineyards, are consistent medal winners. The signature brand Mail Coach Shiraz, now in its 19th vintage, delivers a quintessential Heathcote shiraz which is the envy of many other producers.
Tastings at Heathcote Winery are free and include the iconic single vineyard shiraz brands, Slaughterhouse Paddock and The Origin. Heathcote Winery also offers sauvignon blanc and an enticing Muscat to complete the experience.
Cellar Door offers free tastings seven days a week, and the Galleria Food and Wine Bar serves meals Wednesday to Sunday with events being catered. Choose a table in the historic Gallery whilst perusing some local artwork (open fire in winter and air-conditioned in summer) or dine Alfresco in the relaxed courtyard garden.
Chef Kate prepares a delicious range of seasonal meals, including share plates, Mezze cheese, antipasto platters and vegetarian options, all matched with great wine. Check out the current menu on the web, and bookings are preferred to avoid disappointment....
Heathcote Visitor Centre is located in High Street in the centre of Heathcote with good access and visibility to all travellers.
Friendly staff with excellent local knowledge will look after all of your information needs in Heathcote's most sustainable building. The energy efficient centre provides a friendly atmosphere, bright surroundings and a comprehensive display of surrounding Parks. Quality local produce, crafts and gifts are sold within the centre.
Heathcote is a small rural township nestled amidst box ironbark forests, with a strong historical background dating from the 1850's. Heathcote has many physical and social attributes; the climate, the nearby peaceful bush environment and fine wines.
Heritage buildings, spectacular views, antiques and crafts, galleries, bush walking, National and State Parks and Lake Eppalock are all within easy reach.
The Heathcote wine region is renown for its complex, rich and elegant Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Marsanne and Viognier. It is developing a reputation in Australia and Internationally for producing some of the finest wines from Its unique Cambrian soils
The O'Keefe Rail Trail caters for walking and cycling enthusiasts with 49 kilometres linking Heathcote to Bendigo.
Further information on Heathcote, please contact Heathcote Visitor Centre....