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The south offers a blend of provincial charm and natural attractions. From the gentle buzz of its towns and villages to the magnificence of ancient volcanoes and tranquil waterfalls, there is something to be discovered at every turn. Enjoy the stylish township of Hamilton, a creative centre of the south and only a short distance to the Grampians National Park.

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It’s no secret that the quickest route to our heart is through our mouths, via a scenic road trip. So, we’re salivating over this Victorian road trip, complete with a star-studded cast of delicious stop-offs and majestic views at every twist and turn.

Nestled three hours west of Melbourne is the ever so charming Southern Grampians region. This place is absolutely jam-packed filled with mouth-wateringly delicious delights from legendary bakery snacks to a mind blowing 8-course degustation. And let's not forget the scenic gems you'll also find along the way, think tranquil rainfalls, ancient volcanoes and Instagram perfect landscapes.

See what The Urban List Melbourne had to say about the experience!

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DISCOVER THE SOUTH

Visit the Greater Hamilton region and experience the heartbeat of a thriving farming district — Victoria’s first area of pastoral settlement. The regional city of Hamilton retains the feel of a grand old country town, but with a vibrant arts scene, retail shopping, delicious food and wine and stylish accommodation, layered with a modern day appeal.

The ultimate way to combine the great outdoors with life’s pleasures, including chef-hatted food and the region’s most sort after sourdough is to base yourself at Dunkeld. The attraction to this must visit destination is instant and is home to Australia’s award winning restaurant Wickens @ Royal Mail Hotel and the legendary Dunkeld Old Bakery.

If you feel like getting a little more up close and personal, strap on the hiking boots and head for the hills. Take on the mountain trails and enjoy majestic views from Mt Sturgeon, Mt Abrupt and the Piccanniny

Penshurst’s past is sure to fascinate. Wander up a dormant volcano and learn more about the region at the Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre. Step a few thousand years forward when you explore the Settler’s Walk in Cavendish and hear the story
of its pioneers. 

With vines for days, the Henty Wine Region offers plenty of opportunities to stop and sample some of Victoria’s best wines at boutique wineries. And make sure to leave some room in the boot so you can take some home for later!

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FOLLOW THE SOUTHERN FOODIE ROAD TRIP HERE