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Southern Grampians

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 sought-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 with nature, pull on your hiking boots and head for the hills. Take on the mountain trails and enjoy majestic views from Mt Sturgeon, Mt Abrupt and the Piccanninny.

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!

Towns of the South

Dunkeld

At the foot of Mount Sturgeon, the southern tip of the Grampians and the Great Dividing Range, is the village of Dunkeld. Dunkeld's charming main street features shops, cafes and the Royal Mail Hotel which is regularly voted one of the best dining destinations in Australia.

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Hamilton

A stylish provincial city located at the centre of Victoria’s south west, Hamilton offers a variety of experiences for visitors. One of Australia’s finest regional galleries, the Hamilton Gallery, holds a vast collection of works and is complemented by a dynamic program of changing exhibitions.

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Coleraine

There is history around every corner in Coleraine, an amazing journey for those willing to take the time to learn of the fascinating past of this town. With a settled history dating back almost 200 years, Coleraine is one of the oldest country towns in Victoria. In fact the local cricket club claims to be the second oldest continuous playing cricket club in the world after the Marylebone Club in London.

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Penshurst

Penshurst, located at the foot of Mt Rouse, is steeped in volcanic history, showcased at the Volcanoes Discovery Centre. The dormant volcano Mt Rouse rises 100 metres above the surrounding plans at Penshurst, 20 minutes east of Hamilton.

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Buckle Up: How to eat your way through Victoria's most scenic road trip

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.

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

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Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

Awarded two hats by the Age Good Food Guide 2015 and 2016, the Royal Mail Hotel Dining Room offers nature-based cuisine focusing on the highest quality locally sourced produce. With one of Australia's best chefs, Robin Wickens, leading the kitchen team, innovative menus inspired by the hotels huge organic kitchen garden are created.

The Royal Mail Hotel proudly share the opportunity to choose wine to enjoy from their vast collection. This collection has been privately curated over the past 40 years and is regularly awarded internationally.

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