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Journey into the historic town of Hamilton

25 May 2022

In Southern Grampians you’ll discover the thriving regional centre of Hamilton, the lively heart of Victoria’s wool-growing industry.

This idyllic town features the beauty and adventure the Grampians are famous for, not to mention the journey along the way, making it an ideal spot for a road trip.

Just two-and-a-half hours west of Ballarat, and three-and-a-half hours from Melbourne, Greater Hamilton provides a quintessential country escape in the surroundings of rich history, art, local produce, wine and culture.

Royal Mail Hotel main exterior

Royal Mail Hotel

Dunkeld is the ideal location to stretch your legs and have a wander on your way to Hamilton. The town is home to one of regional Victoria’s best restaurants and hotels, Royal Mail Hotel. The venue features two restaurants offering multi-award-winning dining, sweeping views of Southern Grampians, quality accommodation and Australia’s largest kitchen garden. It’s a must-stop for those seeking a slice of luxury on their road trip.

Hamilton Gallery

Hamilton Art Gallery

Once arriving in Hamilton, visitors can fill their day with the wealth of experiences and sights the town has to offer, one being the Hamilton Art Gallery. The gallery plays host to exhibitions, programs and events showcasing the creative works by some of the great European, Asian and Australian artists.

As a town that celebrates its history and culture, visitors can also take a leisurely stroll through the region’s lush Botanical Gardens, or laneways to experience its vibrant local art.


Roxburgh House

Hamilton is not only steeped in history, art and culture, it also has a bustling hospitality scene and is home to many cafes offering great coffee and local treats. Dine in at one of Hamilton’s many charming eateries, like Roxburgh House. Settle in at the beautiful blue-stone venue and enjoy a menu of wood-fired pizza showcasing seasonal produce while sipping on local wine or coffee.


Local shopping

Hamilton provides the perfect place for gift shopping, or picking up a souvenir from your travels. Brown Bird Haus is a boutique retail outlet with a hint of country charm, offering bespoke giftware, homeware and apparel.

For those looking for more lavish options, Presence delivers luxury goods to Hamilton including homewares, gifts, imported shoes, jewellery, accessories and highly sought-after clothing labels.

Additionally, Hamilton’s Baimbridge is an antique store that tells a tale of the region’s pastoral heritage. Find vintage jewellery, furniture and homewares that speak to the history of the village.

Nigretta Falls

Nigretta Falls

If you’re craving wide open space and the soothing sounds of nature, take a short detour from the Glenelg Highway and unwind with a relaxing outdoor activity. Relax and fish, enjoy a scenic picnic, or a barbeque cook up at the stunning Nigretta Falls, a small waterfall fed by the Wannon River.

A At 28

AAt 28 Goldsmith Motel

For those wanting to explore the town longer, stay at AAt 28 Goldsmith Motel.

Family owned and operated, you’ll feel instantly at home thanks to their warm, country hospitality. Conveniently located in the heart of Hamilton, it’s the perfect base for exploring the other hidden gems of the Southern Grampians.