Heywood, a rural town, is on the junction of the Henty and Princes Highways, 25 km north of Portland in western Victoria.

They Heywood district was travelled in by the New South Wales Surveyor General Thomas Mitchell, during his Australia Felix expedition in 1836. Mitchell named Mount Eckersley (a few kilometres north of Heywood) and the Fitzroy River, which flows south-east through Heywood.

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