Rural service centre at the foot of Mount Ida.
Heathcote, at the foot of Mt Ida, is situated amidst attractive bushland beside McIvor Creek, 109 km north of Melbourne via the Northern Highway, 47 km south-east of Bendigo and 220 m above sea-level. Its population is about 1800. The principal products of the district are wool, timber, cattle, honey and wine.
Heathcote is clustered around High St (the Northern Highway) which presents an interesting and diverse streetscape of old shopfronts, hotels, churches, some distinguished homes and the post office. The trees which line the main street and the plantation at Queens Meadow were planted in the 19th century on the advice of Baron von Mueller who made a significant contribution to Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.