Woodend is about halfway from Melbourne to Kyneton. Kyneton is still very much a country town, Woodend by contrast is in danger of becoming a dormitory suburb of Melbourne, and sadly seems to be losing the battle to retain the importance of heritage factors. Woodend is two part town. The shopping centre bit and the main street. There is a lot going for the town; wide open Main Street and the memorial clock.

Woodend was first surveyed in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell, who opened it up for settlement. When gold was discovered in the area (towards Bendigo and Ballarat), Woodend became the main thoroughfare through the Black Forest, and accommodated many gold-diggers and their families. Woodend Post Office opened on 20 July 1854, closed in December of that year, and then reopened in the township on 1 November 1856.

Woodend has few historical buildings. Entering Woodend from Melbourne, most of the shops and eateries are located either side of the main High Street, with the clock tower on the right hand side of the road. The Holgate Brewhouse operates in the century-old Keatings Hotel. Built in 1897.  

All of the churches and their ages bear testimony to an olden era.

The Anglican Church is a 100 year classic. High on the hill, acres of land, trees and a great interior.

The Hotels and churches, all over 100 years old, but are pretty much the only old ‘in use’ heritage buildings in the town.

The Woodend War Memorial is represented with the central clock and small garden opposite the Woodend hotel.

There is no readily identified historical society or museum. But they need it.

When visiting Woodend be sure to check out the Anglican Church and the two pubs.

Heritage diary


Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course