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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.

But don't be scared to wander beyond the main street to discover a 130-year-old wood fired oven at Dunkeld Old Bakery or discover Gerard Murphy Furniture, a fascinating timber workshop gallery with an extensive range of beautiful giftware and tableware crafted from a range of fine, sustainably-harvested Australian cabinet timbers. Art lovers will be delighted to discover hidden gem Ros McArthur Art Studio in the Victoria Valley on the scenic country route from Dunkeld to Halls Gap.

Dunkeld is made for meandering with its sandstone labyrinth and small lakes that are crossed by several bridges. For the more vigorous visitor, a hike up Mount Sturgeon, Mount Abrupt or the Piccaninny affords a great view of the entire Southern Grampians range.

Local tips:

  • Experience the sun setting at the end of the day from the small pier at Dunkeld Arboretum with a stunning view of Mt Abrupt.
  • For the more vigorous visitor, a trek up Mt Sturgeon, Mt Abrupt or the Piccaninny gives you a great view of the entire Southern Grampians mountain range.
  • Observe the many kangaroos and emus on the school oval.