Inspired By Locals

We’re telling the stories behind the places and the faces of the Southern Grampians. Curated by the locals, just for you. 

It feels wonderful to welcome you back…

Wide open spaces, fields of green from the welcome winter rain, cascading waterfalls, mountainous climbs, rugged volcanic plains, all served up with rural hospitality and country charm.  Our favourite locals are unearthing their secrets of Greater Hamilton, so when the time is right, they can welcome you for a visit.

Inspiration For Your Next Visit

Packed with inspiration galore – our Greater Hamilton e-mag is worth the read. It’s never been easier to start planning your next getaway.  Be inspired.

Hear about Greater Hamilton,
from those who know it best – our locals

They are the story tellers, the experience makers, the keepers of all the secrets and must-dos in our wonderful region. 
They are our locals.  Let them inspire your next visit.

Meet Elle…

Elle’s secrets…

Feast your eyes on panoramic views, or treat your tastebuds to a local drop- Elle’s favourite things to do are right here!

Mount Rouse

Stand on the youngest volcanic landscape and take in one of the oldest, The Grampians!  Mount Rouse is an extremely unique and breathtaking experience.

Wine Bars

Sip and savour your way around the best Wine Bars across our region.

The Henty Wine Region

With so many great wineries right on our doorstep, The Henty Wine Region presents vineyards to explore, delectable wines to sample and a great time to be had with friends.

About Elle…

Vet and farmer, Elle Moyle, shares with us why she returned to her hometown of Penshurst, and what she likes to get up to when friends visit for a country weekend.



Treat yourself to a day of indulgences where you will be spoilt for choices.  There is something special around every corner from undiscovered laneways to boutique stores, these are the places you can meet the locals and discover what truly makes Hamilton the place it is today. A superlative day is to be had by simply following these three essential treat-yourself steps….



Down a mural-clad, festoon-lit laneway in Hamilton you can find a passionate local (and recently elected Mayor) busily roasting aromatic coffee beans, serving not only the customers that flock to this much-loved  café, but supplying beans to many of the region’s other much-loved coffee spots too. 



A creative virtuoso and proud local of the Greater Hamilton region, Grotti Lotti (aka Casey Manson). Making an impact on the art world, Grotti Lotti paints vibrant and contemporary nature-inspired art, stocks shops and markets nationwide, runs a successful online store, ships her pieces worldwide and all while being a spirited mum to three lively children.


Meet Tracey…

Penshurst photographer, Tracey Kruger, shares with us her top tips for photographing the Greater Hamilton region, and the best spots to capture wildlife and landscapes.

Tracey’s Favourites…

From the most picturesque photo spots, to the infamous woolsheds dotting our rolling landscapes, Tracey has the inside scoop.

Penshurst Wetlands Gardens

A never-failing spring, a resplendent lake and a series of narrow waterways, the 13 acres of pristine landscape at Penshurst Wetlands Gardens is a photographers dream.

Canola Season

The bursting fields of canola around Greater Hamilton are an absolute sight to behold (and photograph)!

Historic Woolsheds

Tracey has shared with us her favourite images of the region in the first installment of our photo series; Through the Photographers Lens.


Beautiful and powerful, the magnificent Nigretta Falls is a wonderful day trip, just a stone’s throw from our lovely little village of Coleraine.  


Don’t forget your camera for this one. Nestled in Balmoral, this mural, created by world renowned artists, has bursts of colour everywhere. 


A day trip, a weekend away, or a family camping trip, Rocklands Reservoir is your natural getaway, to both disconnect and reconnect.

Book local. Buy local. Connect local.

Warm welcomes and service always with a smile.  Connect directly with the faces behind our places, and support our region’s small businesses, when you book local and buy local. 

Jo Grant - Creative Arts Facilitator, RAV


Have a piece of Greater Hamilton delivered to your door, by buying online directly from our makers, artists, producers and local retailers. 


This time, book local.  There’s never been a better time to support regional accommodation by booking direct and we know you will love our accommodation hosts as much as we do.  

A local told me...

It's true, there's nothing like that local knowledge to unlock new discoveries and set you on a path of adventure.

100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

Countless opportunities for adventure await with our curated list of activities.

Connect Local…

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