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Booming. Pleasant.  Naturally Spoilt.  Home of Wickens.

A tranquil arboretum, rugged mountain peaks and a fine-dining restaurant.  Dunkeld is a town of striking contrasts and remarkable experiences.

 

Nestled at the foot of Mount Sturgeon, the southern tip of the Grampians National Park and the Great Dividing Range is Dunkeld; a town that embraces its natural environment in all its magnificent shapes and forms.

Peacefully wander through the picturesque Dunkeld Arboretum.  This sanctuary is home to native flora, tranquil billabongs and towering red gums.  Meander along the tracks, across the bridges, through the labyrinth and place yourself on the pier to watch Mount Abrupt alight in a red glow as the sun sets.

Spoilt for choice with hikes and panoramic vistas, Dunkeld affords you easy access to not one but three mountainous peaks; Mount Sturgeon, Mount Piccaninny and Mount Abrupt. Dunkeld is also the southern gateway to the Grampians Peaks Trail, expected to be completed in December 2020. Varying in difficulty and length, there is a hike and a view for everyone in Gariwerd, through each of the six seasons recognised by traditional owners.

It’s a feast for the senses at the critically acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel; home of fine-dining restaurant, Wickens, and casual diner, Parker Street Project.  Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel was awarded 2 Hats in the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards, along with Regional Wine List of the Year with their 28,000 bottle wine cellar.  Gaze upon the stunning backdrop of the Grampians while you dine and undoubtedly enjoy one of the most memorable and delectable food experiences in Australia.

With breathtaking Mount Abrupt in the background, the prestigious Dunkeld Polo and the Dunkeld Cup take place annually at the Dunkeld Racecourse.  These greatly-anticipated, highly-coveted and horse-focused days are a highlight for Dunkeld residents and a chance for visitors to meet the locals.

And with Dunkeld positively spoilt for choice with a variety of unique accommodation options, stay on and experience it all in Dunkeld.

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Australia Day - Southern Grampians Shire

Sunday, 26 January 2020,  Hamilton

Join the community at the Southern Grampians Shire Council's official Australia Day Celebrations, in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens from 10:30am. This free community event includes flag-raising, musica...

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100 Steps in Situ

Monday, 27 January 2020,  Balmoral

Twenty years ago Australian artist, Virginia Ryan, made her home in Trevi, central Italy. Her first community project was to involve 100 townspeople in a 'group portrait’ through contributions of wo...

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Hamilton Parkrun

Saturday, 01 February 2020,  Hamilton

Hamilton parkrun is a free, weekly five kilometre timed run, walk or jog around Lake Hamilton for people of all abilities. It is not a race against other runners, but a five kilometre timed run, jog ...

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Music In The Gardens

Sunday, 02 February 2020,  Hamilton

Enjoy this free afternoon of live music by local bands and singers at Music In The Gardens in the historic Botanic Gardens. Music to suit all ages, bring a picnic, some local wine and a blanket or c...

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Young, creative and passionate, owners of Folk Tribe, Kel and Em’s days tend to roll from nature to business and then back again.  The dynamic duo are proud environmentalists, and co founders of an international clothing company, based in Dunkeld.

Raised in the steep bush of Grampians National Park, just outside of quaint Dunkeld, the two sisters have always had a close connection to nature and sustainability,  which underpinned their decision to create change in one of the most environmentally destructive industries.  Their strong sense of responsibility for environmental preservation is inspiring, and their ethos of choose well and buy less, is simple but powerful.

Their beautiful pieces are created with sustainable and ethically sourced fibres, coupled with versatile and timeless design that simply doesn’t date.

They choose to do international business, in the heart and soul of the Southern Grampians. 

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