During our drive from Lake Elingamite we stopped at a number of places before we arrived in Mt Gambier, one of those places was the lovely township of Heywood.
We stopped for lunch at the bakery, had a stroll around the main street and admired the older buildings. At that point we went back to the car for a drive, and we found a park at the end of the main street next to the Fitzroy River running through town.
The Heywood swimming pool and public park reserve, has been beautifully landscaped, catering for all members of the family. There were pathways through a general garden full of knee-high plants, some sign boards with history written on them, which led to a “water tank” for the kids to climb, a “tractor” for the kids to drive and ended up, back at the beginning with a carousel for all to use.
The carousel caters for the wheelchair bound people of society, as well as for other members of the family. See picture below left.
This park really entices the weary traveller to stop for a rest, and to let the kids go wild. It has plenty to keep kids busy for an hour or so, and mum and dad busy setting up the picnic, BBQ or just to sit back and enjoy.
With Heywood being nearly 2 hours from Lake Elingamite, and just over an hour to Mount Gambier it was a perfect place to stop for a lunch break, rest and do a bit of sight seeing.
We didn’t exhaustively tour the town, which meant that we missed out on seeing the South West Road Transport Wall of Legends! This is the Google maps link to this “wall of fame”: Wall of Legends and it was only a 3 minute drive from the park at which we stopped for an hour or so!