Henty is a small town with a big heart. Located midway between the large regional centres of Albury/Wodonga and Wagga Wagga, the town is situated on the Olympic Highway and the main Southern Railway line between Melbourne and Sydney.
Originally named after the first property established in the area ‘Dudal Comer’ in 1866, the name changed with the construction of the railway line. The town was then renamed ‘Henty’ in 1888 to commemorate the name of one of the district’s original settler families.
The town of Henty is notable for several reasons. In 1914, a local farmer, Headlie Taylor, invented the header harvester which completely revolutionised the grain industry around the world. As you drive on the Olympic Highway you will see his statue, header and workshop in the Bi-Centennial Park.
Turn off the Olympic Highway and over the railway line to explore this delightful town. The role of the town, as the service centre for the surrounding district, is highlighted at the Henty Machinery Field Days held in September every year, when they attract some 50,000 visitors over 3 days. There are a number of shops in the town, and a full range of services are available.