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At the foot of Mount Sturgeon, the southern tip of the Grampians and the Great Dividing Range you will find the booming little town of Dunkeld.

Named after a town in the Scottish Grampians, Dunkeld has enjoyed a stellar revival in the last 15 years.

The attraction to Dunkeld is instant, the well-kept main street is dotted with shops, the stand-out feature being the Royal Mail Hotel where you will find gourmet meals as well as high quality pub fare. Gourmet Traveller magazine voted its wine list as the best in Australia. The huge list includes local wines from the Henty, Grampians and Pyrenees wineries.

Dunkeld is well and truly on the tourist map now as the starting point for many who look to spend time in the Grampians, but Dunkeld has many highlights of its own.

You will find an Arboretum at the end of a pleasant walk along the small creek through the town. This well-loved sanctuary has been cleverly planned, the walking track meanders past hundreds of trees including many giant red gums. Central to the area is a series of small lakes that are crossed by several bridges. It is a walk that will take you on both a physical and mental journey. What could be better than watching the end of the day from the small pier with a stunning view of Mount Abrupt, alight in the red glow of sunset.

For the more vigorous visitor, a hike up Mount Sturgeon, Mount Abrupt or the Piccaninny gives the visitor a great view of the entire Southern Grampians range.

The history of this fascinating district is well presented and documented at the Dunkeld Museum, the directions for which you will find at the Visitor Information Centre, a must visit to anyone coming to Dunkeld.

A view into the rich pastoral heritage of the area can be found at Mount Sturgeon Station just to the west of Dunkeld at the very base of the mountain. The bluestone cottages have been specially fitted out for those wanting to stay a little longer in luxury, whilst the enormous and well restored shearing shed still feels like it would have back in the days when the station comprised of 40,000 acres.

Dunkeld is quite simply spoilt with accommodation options. From the Community Caravan Park to the ultra-modern Eco-Lodges, traditional Bed and Breakfast to log cabins. It is no wonder more people are choosing to stay in Dunkeld as a base for a Grampians adventure.

Even if you are not a golfer, a trip to the Grampians Golf Club just a very short drive from Dunkeld will surprise you. This beautifully crafted course takes the golfer and the walker through the Australian bush. Rare Gang Gang birds often fly through the messmate treetops whilst Grass parrots and Currawongs fly out from the scrub.

Superb Blue Wrens dart from the bush and into the fairways. For those looking for emus and kangaroos, you are certain to find them here in this peaceful oasis, particularly later in the afternoon. If you are not a straight hitter of the ball you may see a little more of the bush than you were hoping for, but then again you wouldn’t be the first!

Don’t miss the Dunkeld races, the Melbourne Cup of the bush, run in November each year.


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Dunkeld Town Brochure

Historical Town Walk Brochure

Dunkeld Arboretum Brochure