Discover Dunkeld

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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100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

There is so much choice when it comes to things to do in Greater Hamilton.  The region is abundant in artistry, flooded with fishing prospects, teeming with treks, humming with history, loaded with lush produce and so much more. With so much choice, where do you...

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The Ten Most Instagrammable Spots In Dunkeld

The Ten Most Instagrammable Spots In Dunkeld

Cover image photo credit @discoverdunkeld (via Insta).   Drop a pin or use a hashtag for these ten Instagram-worthy settings and scenes of spectacular Dunkeld.  This is #Dunkeld and it is #awesome.   #MountAbrupt A steep climb to a sharp peak, Mount Abrupt...

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Valentine’s Retreats in Southern Grampians

Valentine’s Retreats in Southern Grampians

  We've curated a list of the most romantic accommodation options in the Greater Hamilton / Southern Grampians region, perfect for a weekend escape. Lock the date in your loved one's calendar and enjoy your romantic retreat! Mt Sturgeon Cottages (Dunkeld) Set at...

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Herrmann Wines

Herrmann Wines

The family owned and operated Herrmann Wines was established in 2005 by John and Dorothy Herrmann with the planting of 5000 Pinot Noir vines on their mixed farm at Tarrington. As the next generation takes up the day to day management, son Brent now oversees the...

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Through the Photographers Lens – Tracey Kruger

Through the Photographers Lens – Tracey Kruger

This blog features the photography of Greater Hamilton local, Tracey Kruger. You can discover more of her photography in her books and on social media @ShearinginVictoria'sWesternDistrict, and unearth more of her local secrets in this video.Throughout our region there...

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Mirranatwa Gap Lookout

Mirranatwa Gap Lookout

A somewhat hidden secret on the crest of the Serra Ranges, turn off Grampians Tourist Road onto Victoria Valley Road to find the Mirranatwa Gap Lookout (or sometimes called Grampians Valley Lookout). Located just 20 minutes from Dunkeld, only a few kilometres off the...

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Virtual Events in the Greater Hamilton Region

Virtual Events in the Greater Hamilton Region

2019's Rural Women's Health Forum via The Rural Naturopath- this year moving online! Many of our region's much loved events have had to postpone or cancel for 2020, but some have shown fantastic innovation in changing format, like the Rural Womens Health Summit.  ...

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18 Things To Do in Dunkeld

18 Things To Do in Dunkeld

Located at the foot of Mount Sturgeon, Dunkeld embraces its magnificent natural environment in all different shapes and forms.  From adventurous hikes to exhilarating vistas, destination fine dining to sensational seasonal produce, remarkable resident artistry to...

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Herrmann Wines

Herrmann Wines

The family owned and operated Herrmann Wines was established in 2005 by John and Dorothy Herrmann with the planting of 5000 Pinot Noir vines on their mixed farm at Tarrington. As the next generation takes up the day to day management, son Brent now oversees the...

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Mirranatwa Gap Lookout

Mirranatwa Gap Lookout

A somewhat hidden secret on the crest of the Serra Ranges, turn off Grampians Tourist Road onto Victoria Valley Road to find the Mirranatwa Gap Lookout (or sometimes called Grampians Valley Lookout). Located just 20 minutes from Dunkeld, only a few kilometres off the...

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Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books

Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books

Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books opened in Dunkeld in 2004 and is operated by Marg Phillips and Roz Greenwood. We carry a range of books of good quality sourced from local collections and at auction. Our range includes local history with an emphasis on small town...

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Waiting Room Art Gallery

Waiting Room Art Gallery

The Waiting Room Gallery is a commercial art gallery showing fine pottery, ceramic sculpture, paintings and drawings by Anne Fleming. The gallery is run by the artist who is able to talk about her work and offer quality pieces at reasonable prices. It is situated...

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Ros McArthur Art Studio

Ros McArthur Art Studio

A fine art studio/gallery surrounded by the beauty of the Grampians Ranges and situated midway between Dunkeld in the south and Halls Gap to the north. The studio is in the extensive gardens of Woollahra sheep farm in the Victoria Valley. As an award-winning artist,...

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Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat

Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat

Find the time to walk the mountains and calm the mind, Griffins Hill Lyengar Yoga Retreat is located two kilometers from the township of Dunkeld. The setting boasts a private six-acre garden with spectacular mountain outlooks. Relax with a healthy weekend away,...

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Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park

Renowned for rugged moutain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenic views, the 168 000 hectare park is ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. With over 52 walks around the area there is ample opportunity to explore the Grampians in its entirety....

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Grampians Golf Course

Grampians Golf Course

Located 6 kilometres north of the Dunkeld township in the picturesque Victoria Valley is this 18-hole sandgreen layout course. Nestled in the pristine bushland on the western slopes of the majestic Mount Abrupt and in amongst an abundance of flaura and forna, the...

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Gerard Murphy Furniture

Gerard Murphy Furniture

Gerard Murphy Furniture Dunkeld designs are absolutely unique, always interesting and sometimes startling: timber becomes art. Real beauty and affordable quality are showcased in the gallery. A wide range of original pieces is on display. Gerard is a second-generation...

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Dunkeld & District Historical Museum

Dunkeld & District Historical Museum

The Dunkeld & District Historical Museum is a museum of social history of the Dunkeld district. The collection encompasses artefacts from settlement to recent times including an early aboriginal display, exploration by Major Mitchell, history of the wool industry,...

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Dunkeld Arboretum

Dunkeld Arboretum

A sanctuary of walking tracks, giant red gums, lakes and even a labyrinth.  The picturesque Dunkeld Arboretum allows you to take in the beauty, peace and imagery of nature at its finest. Enjoy a walk around the Arboretum tracks and view the ducks and swans playing in...

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Only Ewe

Only Ewe

Pop by and see local owner, Marg at the popular Dunkeld outlet, Only Ewe. Best known for its specialisation in woolen products, the store has an extensive range of Merino and Possum knitwear, Australian made socks as well as stocking the unique Glengara woollen polo...

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Food & Wine

Herrmann Wines

Herrmann Wines

The family owned and operated Herrmann Wines was established in 2005 by John and Dorothy Herrmann with the planting of 5000 Pinot Noir vines on their mixed farm at Tarrington. As the next generation takes up the day to day management, son Brent now oversees the...

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Dunkeld General Store

Dunkeld General Store

The vision of the Fields family, Melissa and Adrian pride themselves on their warm and welcoming service. Their General Store has an ever-growing range of groceries, gourmet produce, great coffee, and local produce. A one stop shop, The Dunkeld General Store provides...

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The Old Bakery

The Old Bakery

Historical Bakery circa 1887, one of a few in Victoria with fully operational wood fired scotch oven. The Bakery is located in a quiet area of Dunkeld in a close vicinity of the the town centre. The Bakery specialises in handcrafted sourdough bread, gourmet pies,...

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Koopmans Dunkeld

Koopmans Dunkeld

Koopmans Dunkeld is located within the Old Dunkeld Motors building, in the heart of Dunkeld. With a wonderful view of majestic Mount Abrupt, Koopmans serves St Ali Orthodox coffee, along with fresh juices, smoothies, brunch and baked goods.  Brunch is avilable from...

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Royal Mail Hotel

Royal Mail Hotel

The Royal Mail Hotel is designed to capture the stunning beauty of the Southern Grampians. The property features sweeping views, multi-award-winning dining and cellar, bars, quality accommodation, luxury corporate retreat and wedding facilities for the ultimate...

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Izzy’s Cafe

Izzy’s Cafe

A family owned and operated business providing catering to a diverse range of clientele throughout the Western District.   Izzy’s group was established in 2004 and comprises of Izzy’s Mt View Café Dunkeld, Izzy’s Tavern Hamilton, and Izzy’s Restaurant Bar & Grill...

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Sturgeon View

Sturgeon View

Sturgeon View is a country style cafe and bistro overlooking scenic Mount Stugeon. In addition to full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, there is a large range of homemade pies, quiches, cakes and slices available. The venue is fully licenced, and outside catering is...

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What’s On

Hamilton parkrun

Saturday, 07 August 2021,  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 kilometer timed run, jog ...

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Peaks and Trails Run

Saturday, 07 August 2021,  Dunkeld

Peaks and Trails is a challenging trail running event, starting and finishing in the heart of picturesque Dunkeld. The weekend offers something for all levels of trail enthusiast with six distance op...

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Coleraine Art and Photography Show

Saturday, 07 August 2021,  Coleraine

The Coleraine Art and Photography Show is an annual event and is considered to be one of Coleraine's premier events. It is aimed to attract entry level artists and photographers as well as catering f...

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Hamilton Country Music Club Day

Sunday, 08 August 2021,  Hamilton

Enjoy live country music from guest artists and local walk-ups at this monthly family-friendly afternoon, held on the second Sunday of the month by the Hamilton Country Music Club. Barbeque lunch an...

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Young, creative and passionate, owners of Terra, 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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