For fine mountain views and innovative cuisine to boot, book a table at the Dunkeld Royal Mail Hotel – winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide. Taste the flavours of the Grampians through the creative menu incorporating fresh, locally grown produce and signature regional wines.
Walk off your indulgences by following one of the Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt walking tracks and take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Take the Piccaninny Walk for a brisk workout or enjoy a slow wander through the Arboretum's walking track and be inspired by the native flora and serene billabongs.
Work on your swing at the Grampians Golf Course and visit during the Discover Dunkeld Festival in October to join in the celebration of the town's history, culture, food and wine. The Dunkeld Cup in November is another great chance to get together with locals and visitors for a day of horse racing, fashion and music.
Soothe body and soul with a few days at the Griffin Hill Health Retreat, a sanctuary of yoga, meditation and healthy food.
Dunkeld is 253 kilometres west of Melbourne, or around three hours by car via the Glenelg Highway.