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.
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.
Feast your eyes on panoramic views, or treat your tastebuds to a local drop- Elle’s favourite things to do are right here!
Stand on the youngest volcanic landscape and take in one of the oldest, The Grampians! Mount Rouse is an extremely unique and breathtaking experience.
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.
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.
MEET THE STORYTELLERS
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….
MEET THE MAYOR
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.
MEET THE ARTIST
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.
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.
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.
The bursting fields of canola around Greater Hamilton are an absolute sight to behold (and photograph)!
Tracey has shared with us her favourite images of the region in the first installment of our photo series; Through the Photographers Lens.
Our Team’s Top Picks
We asked our tourism team, their top picks for places to visit and things to do in Greater Hamilton… here’s where they recommend.
A once active volcano now lends itself to exploration with superlative winding trials to its summit and archaic basin.
Fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, camping and so many more exceptional outdoor activities can be had at this spectacular landscape, home to the largest water reservoir in Victoria.
Stacey, Dunkeld Arboretum, Dunkeld
A sanctuary of walking tracks, giant red gums, lakes and insurmountable mountain views.
From growing up in Hamilton to adventuring across the globe as The Cactus Explorer, aka Stefan Burger has a unique perspective on the plants and landscapes of our region.
It’s true, there’s nothing like that local knowledge to unlock new discoveries and set you on a path of adventure.
Be an Explorer
Stefan reveals insights on the world-class experiences you can discover from the Greater Hamilton region in this blog.
Nigretta + Wannon Falls
The two magnificent falls of Greater Hamilton are an absolute sight to see, plus there are so many more in the greater surrounds! Explore (and chase) the waterfalls.
Exceptional location, spectacular landscape and immense family appeal, Rocklands Reservoir is a must-see, must-camp and must-play destination.
DISCOVER NIGRETTA FALLS
Beautiful and powerful, the magnificent Nigretta Falls is a wonderful day trip, just a stone’s throw from our lovely little village of Coleraine.
BE INSPIRED BY BALMORAL MURAL
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.
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.
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