Inverleigh is a small township located on the outskirts of Geelong. And while it might not boast a buzzing high street or a plethora of amenities, what it does offer is the charm of country life and a great community feel.
The town is nestled within a bend in the Leigh River, right near where the Leigh and Barwon rivers join. Inverleigh, like other areas in the Golden Plains Shire and Geelong regions, was once occupied by the Wadawurrung (Wathaurong) people of the Kulin nation.
Officially founded in 1855, the town developed as a commercial and civic centre servicing residents of the surrounding pastoral lands. Over time, it also became an important rest stop along the trade route between Geelong and the gold fields further north.
While still a relatively small rural town (there were 1,474 residents at the 2016 census), Inverleigh is attracting residents keen to embrace a lifestyle change while remaining in commuting distance to Geelong and Melbourne.
As you’d expect for a small town, Inverleigh’s lifestyle is fairly laid back. The high street runs along the tree-lined Hamilton Highway and features a general store, cafe, restaurant and a handful of shops.
There’s also a large hotel, golf club, recreation reserves, sports clubs, four churches and a primary school, still housed in the grounds of the original bluestone school building.
The old bluestone pub, first built in 1856, continues to welcome locals and visitors under the banner of the Inverleigh Hotel (We can highly recommend the Lamb Shoulder). Enjoy the ambience within the walls of the traditional building, or spread out with a cool drink and a pub meal under the sprawling peppercorn tree out the back. The Inverleigh Hotel also hosts functions within the stables and marquee, making it the ideal destination for weddings and events.
You can grab a smaller meal at the Inverleigh Bakehouse. Formerly a homestead built in 1868, the bakery now serves up a delicious range of home style foods and coffee within the historic building and cottage style garden out the back.
Next door, wholefood cafe and store Sonny offers a mix of fresh produce, groceries, take home dinners, gifts, and coffee.
Inverleigh boasts an array of natural features, including conservation areas, rural landscapes, parks and riversides, as well as areas of cultural and historical significance.
The Leigh and Barwon rivers create a winding, natural border to the north and east of town. The low-lying banks offer a rich environment for flora and fauna to flourish. Walk along the riverbank or take a picnic and just watch the world float by.
Get among the action at the Inverleigh Lawn Bowls Club which features a synthetic green and clubhouse overlooking the sportsground. For greens of another kind, the Inverleigh Golf Club presents an 18-hole golf course as well as a disc golf.
The annual Leigh Fest brings together locals in a celebration of community. The event starts with a fun run and also includes a craft market. A stage set up among the old gums in Lawsons Park features local performers and the school choir. Past years have also included an outdoor movie screening, food stands, fun fair attractions and more.
The Geelong Ring Road has made the commute from Inverleigh to Melbourne much easier, with the trip taking as little as 60 minutes. Rail commuters can access V-Line services from nearby Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds stations.
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