The Dog Rocks Hotel at Batesford
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Batesford is named after Alfred and John Bates who settled here in 1837 at a place where the river could be forded. The township was surveyed in 1854 and was originally named Hopeton after George Hope whose land it formed a part. A feature of Batesford is the bluestone bridge dating from 1859 which now forms part of the service road past the Dog Rocks Hotel (formerly the Derwent or Batesford Hotel). Both these structures are on the Register of the National Estate. The Post Office opened on 18 August 1856 and closed in 1949.
Batesford features a large granite outcrop. The 'Dog Rocks' is a reserve located within the town that obtained its name from local wild dogs that once lived around the rocks. Indigenous Australian's believe the 'Dog Rocks' to be haunted. Batesford contains the Dogs Rocks Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, which is home to many endemic species. The Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary was established when the current owner George Belcher’s great grandfather purchased the property in 1856. It is situated adjacent to the Dog Rocks outcrop on the top of a hill in west Batesford, west of Geelong, in Victoria. This open eucalyptus woodland nurtures a rich variety of flora and fauna. Rare local native vegetation can be found. The Sanctuary is recognised for its concentration of bird life and provides a protected haven and habitat for them. It also contains a variety of mammals and reptiles which are all part of the complex ecology of the area.
Heritage listed sites
Batesford contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:
- 56 Buchter Road, Laurence Park Homestead 
- Midland Highway, Moorabool River Bridge 
- Geelong-Ballarat railway line, Moorabool River Railway Viaduct 
- 750 Midland Highway, Travellers Rest Inn 
The old Batesford Bridge, built using bluestone in 1859
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Batesford (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- Monash University, Batesford, archived from the original on 2004-05-11, retrieved 2009-03-12
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- "Laurence Park Homestead (H0887)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Bridge (H1115)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Railway Viaduct (H1105)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Former Travellers Rest Inn". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014.