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THINGS TO SEE & DO : SCENIC DRIVES


Grampians Highlights Tour

This drive from Hamilton brings you to picturesque Dunkeld, the gateway to the Southern Grampians. Dunkeld has an award winning historical museum, historic walks, eating houses, art galleries and a golf course complete with kangaroos and emus. A short distance along the Halls Gap Tourist Road, walking tracks lead to the summits of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt, both of which provide great views.

Lake Bellfield, on the outskirts of Halls Gap, is only 35 minutes drive from Dunkeld and has fishing and picnic facilities. Halls Gap itself has plenty to see and do. Then drive to Zumstein, with spectacular viewing along the way, including Boroka Lookout, MacKenzie Falls and Reeds Lookout. Zumstein has a picnic area and plenty of native animals.

The round trip back to Hamilton takes you through Wartook, Cherrypool and Cavendish, a small town on the Wannon River which has historical significance and picnic facilities.

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Grampians Scenic Drive

A continuous view of the Southern Grampians can be enjoyed as you experience the Southern Grampians of the Great Dividing Range. From Hamilton take the Glenelg Highway to Dunkeld. Home to art galleries, gardens, wineries, local produce and for the more adventurous the option of bushwalking time spent in Dunkeld is worthwhile.
Enjoy the views of the Southern Grampians as you follow the C217, Grampians Tourist Road from Dunkeld through to the Mirranatwa Gap lookout. This viewing point overlooking the Southern Grampians ranges captures stunning vista of the pastoral heritage of the area.
Travelling further west to Cavendish enjoy time walking on the Settlers walk on the banks of the Wannon River, before returning home to Hamilton.
Driving Time - Return 1.5 Hours, 102km.

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Volcanic Trail

A fascinating trek along the Volcanic trail provides insight into the turbulent geology of the Western District.

Penshurst is 20 minutes southe east of Hamilton, and is home of the extinct volcano Mount Rouse, which dominates the landscape. An easy climb to the Mt Rouse lookout provides panoramic views of the Grampians and the volcanic plains.

Travelling west, follow the lava trail for 30 minutes to Macarthur, and Mt Eccles National Park. Mt Eccles is 6120 hectares of parkland, featuring a lava tube cave, Lake Surprise, situated in the dormant crater, an interpretation centre, and a large koala colony. It’s not so much; can you spot the koala, but how many can you spot?

Travelling north, the Tumuli are a fascinating series of lava blisters and the only ones of their kind in southern Australia. At Harman’s lookout, closer to Byaduk, view a river of lava making its way toward you from Mount Napier, Victoria’s youngest volcano. The Byaduk Caves are Australia’s most accessible lava caves, several of which are open to the public. Walking tracks and viewing platforms make viewing the caves accessible to everyone.

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Waterfalls Drive

Just 20km west of Hamilton, lie two exceptional waterfalls, Nigretta and Wannon Falls.
The Wannon Falls, created by lava flow that surged upstream to the Wannon River, feature spectacular hardened basalt lava over which water cascades into a deep plunge pool below.
Nigretta Falls has excellent viewing areas, river walks, free barbeque facilities with redgum picnic tables, toilets, fishing areas and a jarrah timber stairway leading to the base of the falls.
You can continue along the Glenelg Highway to Coleraine, home to the Peter Francis Points Arboretum, historic railway station, classic cars and the famous Glenelg Fine Chocolates.

Driving Time - 1 Hour Return (Via Coleraine) 68km.

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