Discover Hamilton

 

Architectural. Creative. Agricultural. Beautiful. Cultural.

Artistic flare, botanical beauty, sensational shops and an extravaganza of events.  Hamilton is a thriving regional centre.

 

Whether it’s browsing through great shops, discovering art down hidden laneways, or experiencing our 50,000-head sheep sale, Hamilton offers an amazing array of experiences for all travellers.

Operating as an epicentre to the pastoral industry for over 160 years, Hamilton’s cultural encounters are entrenched in the wealth of its natural assets and the annual Sheepvention is a perfect example of that.  Since 1952, Sheepvention has been Hamilton’s Pastoral and Agricultural Society’s prize show, affording you the opportunity to take in all things sheep plus meet producers, taste local produce, compete, admire, shop and lots more!

Architectural forms, vibrant colourings, geometric shapes, structured statues, painted paths, embellished walls –local art is everywhere in Hamilton.  It lines the laneways, fills the gardens and covers the walls.  Not only can art be viewed in the public arena, scattered around the CBD but Hamilton also boasts the magnificent Hamilton Gallery that presents a diverse range of exhibitions, programs and events. Hamilton is renowned for its artistic flare, inspiring performances and cultural experience.

Also lining the streets of Hamilton are a plethora of welcoming cafes and shops.  Hamilton has created and embraced a lively cafe culture; dishing up delectable dishes and of course strong and satisfying coffee.  Hamilton also offers sensational strip-style shopping.  The wide open streets of the CBD means that walking and shopping within Hamilton’s heart is a pleasant and purposeful experience.

Walk amongst enormous English Oaks and pines, fountains and rotunda in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens.  The gardens are the perfect spot to spend a fun afternoon with children as acres of well-manicured lawns invite games and picnics.  Lush and verdant surroundings continue at Lake Hamilton; a pristine lake surrounded by 25 hectares of parkland.  Ideal for all-round adventure – fishing, cycling, sailing, running, rowing, windsurfing, canoeing and playing at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground.

Hamilton’s central position makes the perfect launching pad for a stay in the Grampians, but be sure to dedicate time to exploring the joys of this great city and the Greater Hamilton region.

Inspired By Hamilton

Laneway Art

Laneway Art

*Laneway images courtesy of Emma Gillespie. Through an extraordinary collaboration of aspiring and renowned artists, Hamilton brings you McGuigan Lane.  Positioned in the heart of Hamilton, the pavement of McGuigan Lane has been vibrantly transformed to create a...

Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL)

Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL)

The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) is a multi-purpose, native based precinct that showcases sustainability values in its buildings, gardens and parklands. The building was designed by students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is made...

Eat – Shop – Admire, A Day Well Spent In Hamilton

Eat – Shop – Admire, A Day Well Spent In Hamilton

Treat yourself with a day of indulgences in Hamilton.  There is something special around every corner and a superlative day to be had by simply following these three essential treat-yourself steps... Eat - Shop - Admire   Eat Always best to prepare yourself for a...

3 Hamilton Cafes You Can’t Miss

3 Hamilton Cafes You Can’t Miss

Eat, drink and enjoy at these three can't miss Hamilton cafes.  They are not only dishing up the goods but completely conquering the cafe scene.   Tosca Browns Tosca Browns; renowned to the locals and loved by the visitors.  Serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch...

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Western Speedway

Western Speedway

Hamilton's Western Speedway is owned and operated by the Hamilton Speedway Drivers Inc, a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to provide a controlled environment for motorsport fans and competitors to enjoy the thrills and excitement of speedway racing.  The...

Nigretta Falls

Nigretta Falls

A short detour from the Glenelg Highway around 20km from Hamilton, Nigretta Falls is a volcanic-based waterfall fed by the Wannon River. An observation deck allows views of the water fall from the parking and picnic grounds while the stairs take visitors to the base,...

Wannon Falls

Wannon Falls

Located just 20km from Hamilton and around 15 km from Coleraine, the Wannon Falls present a spectacular display of water flowing down the falls into a deep plunge pool below. The falls were created by basalt lava flow that surged up stream to the Wannon River. A...

Lakes Edge Adventure Playground

Lakes Edge Adventure Playground

An all-abilities playground situated 20 metres from Hamilton Lake. Equipment includes rope pyramid, climbing wall, slides, spinners, swings, climbing mountains, see-saw, rope hammock, birds nest, sandpit, diggers, ship structure and much more. The park also offers...

Hamilton Miniature Railway

Hamilton Miniature Railway

The Hamilton Model Railway Group Inc. was formed by a group of friends with an interest in Australian Model Railways. On display in the clubroom is a model display of the layout 'Kilmore East' as well as a range of railway memorabilia. The establisment of a 7 1/4 inch...

Mary & Alexander MacKillop

Mary & Alexander MacKillop

ALEXANDER MACKILLOP: Alexander was born on the 21st January 1812 in the Highlands of Scotland. At the age of 12.5 years he went to Rome to study for the priesthood. He spent 9 years in Rome and was a precocious and talented student. But ill health and being too young...

Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton is a 38 hectare area built in 1977 by damming the Grange Burn. Home to many birds, the lake is set in a quiet area where all the family can relax and unwind.CONTACT phone. 1800 807 056Rippon Road or off Mill Road, Hamilton

Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL)

Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL)

The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) is a multi-purpose, native based precinct that showcases sustainability values in its buildings, gardens and parklands. The building was designed by students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is made...

Hamilton Pastoral Museum

Hamilton Pastoral Museum

Two complexes of collections showing the development of farming & household technology. Historical buildings at the museum include St Luke's Church, Cottage, National Bank, Drik Drik Post Office, Byaduk Automatic Exchange, Blacksmith, Myaring Woolshed, Warrayure...

Hamilton History Centre

Hamilton History Centre

The Hamilton History Centre is a volunteer-based research facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and cataloguing of historical records of Hamilton and the surrounding region which are made available for research purposes. The collection includes over 2000...

Hamilton Golf Club

Hamilton Golf Club

The Hamilton Golf Club offers a relaxing, peaceful environment for the golf enthusiast. The tree-lined fairways and well-bunkered greens offer a realistic challenge to all golfers. Hamilton Golf Course are proud of the standard to which they have developed this course...

Hamilton Cinema

Hamilton Cinema

The Hamilton Cinema has seating capacity for 121 as well as disability access and hearing loops. It has a kiosk with freshly made popcorn, refreshments and sweets. Sit back and enjoy the movies on offer in this comfortable setting.CONTACT phone. 03 5573 0472email. ...

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for the gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted out in 1870, making the gardens amongst the earliest provincial botanic gardens set aside in Australia. From 1881 the Council at the time employed William Guilfoyle, curator of the Melbourne Botanic...

Hamilton Arteffects & David Edwards Framing

Hamilton Arteffects & David Edwards Framing

The Hamilton Arteffects Gallery stocks a range of original paintings and limited edition prints by David Edwards, Leighton Edwards and Lyn Lyons. There is also sporting and collectable memorabilia for sale. Almost anything is able to be framed at David Edwards...

Hamilton Gallery

Hamilton Gallery

Located in the heart of Hamilton and close to nearby cafes and shops, Hamilton Gallery is welcoming to all. Entry is free. Hamilton Gallery opened in 1961 and has an extensive collection with several significant works. The Gallery has an ever-changing exhibition...

Campes Motor Museum

Campes Motor Museum

Glen and Margaret Campe begun Campes Coaches 32 years ago from a concrete slab in his backyard. In 1979 saw the purchase of their local school run and eighth months later another bus was purchased to serve the school bus run during the week and charters on weekends....

Baimbridge

Baimbridge

Baimbridge Antiques is a family-owned business trading in antique furniture, jewellery and decorative items. Family matriach Ruth Colliton specialises in antique, estate and bespoke jewellery and enjoys sourcing diamonds and other precious stones for her customers....

Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

The Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum is based on the Ansett Company's first aircraft hangar. The Centrepiece of the display is a Fokker Universal aircraft, similar to the one used on the first Ansett flight in 1936. Other memorabilia includes documents from the...

What’s On

Hamilton parkrun

Saturday, 05 September 2020,  Hamilton

This event is cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. Please check directly with the event organiser for current event details. Hamilton parkrun is a free, weekly five kilometre timed run, wa...

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History in Action at the Hamilton Pastoral Museum

Saturday, 10 October 2020,  Hamilton

Rediscover the wonders of the past the Hamilton Pastoral Museum's weekend of History in Action, featuring grass cutting apparatus for lawn and field. Walk the period streetscape, investigate the dis...

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3 Peaks Festival

Saturday, 31 October 2020,  Dunkeld

3 Peaks Festival is an outdoor market in Dunkeld showcasing unique local crafts, gourmet food, boutique beer, local wine, live music and great kids activities. This popular festival is the perfect fa...

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Anglican Parish Church of Hamilton Annual Fete

Saturday, 07 November 2020,  Hamilton

Annual book fair fundraiser also including stalls laden with plants and garden treasures, foods including cakes, slices and Christmas Puddings, children's activities, a scrumptious morning tea, music,...

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Local Love

Aside from the uber colourful nourish bowls, the welcoming smell of fresh coffee and the truly tempting baked goods that you’ll find at Cafe Grey – you’ll always be welcomed with a smile by local owners Tim and Jess.

Both born and bred in Southern Grampians, Tim and Jess have a classic country footballer meets netballer love story, that saw them stay in the region to raise their own little family and business. 

”We love being able to share in people’s everyday special moments.  Every week we have a mother and her adult son, who come and meet here for their weekly catch up. Often they will know who else is coming, so they may sit at a four seater table, and they share their catch ups with other locals. It’s really special, and we love being a part of their every day”.

Cafe Grey’s nourish bowls are simply amazing (almost a must-do if we’re being honest) and a friendly chat with Tim, Jess and their team is equally rewarding.

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