Great (Little) Vic Bike Riders… welcome to our little slice of heaven at the southern gateway to the Grampians National Park, also known as Gariwerd.
If your legs aren’t too tired from traversing our incredible landscapes, let us tempt you with some things to see and do in Dunkeld during your overnight stay.
Perhaps a garden tour and a sketch-along before enjoying wines with a view?
Or steep yourself in local history, enjoy a fresh croissant and meet some local makers?
Tag @visitgreaterhamilton in your snaps from the Little Vic to show what you get up to – we’d love to see your lycra-clad smiles!
Produce, Cafe’s & Wine:
Dunkeld General Store – Friday 7am – 5.30pm, Sat from 7.30am. Discover a range of groceries, gourmet produce, great coffee and local creations. 93 Parker St.
The Dunkeld Old Bakery – 8.30am – 2pm – Housed within a quaint cottage and operating since 1887, The Old Bakery is a haven of freshly baked sourdough and pastries. 97 Martin St.
Izzy’s Café – Daily from 9am serving meals and treats all day, including Timboon ice-cream and fresh pizzas from 5pm. 90 Parker St.
Grampians Food Co – 10am & 1pm – Enjoy a free tour of this market garden with Head Gardener, Liv and pay-what-you-pick produce if you fancy! 53 Mahoneys Ln.
Grove Cottage Gourmet – 10am-2pm – Hit the Garage Gallery for Jane’s pop-up stall selling locally-grown and homemade jams, pickles and preserves. 95 Parker St.
Sturgeon View – From 10.30am, lunch 11.30-2.30pm, Dinner 5pm-8.30pm. Light bites, full meals and homebaked sweet treats perfect with tea! 109 Parker St.
Herrmann Wines – 11am-5pm – Enjoy tastings with winemaker, Tamara Irish – she’ll even drop off purchases to your campsite after 5pm! 6396 Glenelg Hwy.
Parker St Project – 11.30am -10pm – The Royal Mail Hotel’s casual dining experience is open for lunch reservations on Friday 1 April from 12-2pm with indoor and outdoor seating options. Reservations essential – click HERE. 108 Parker St.
Royal Mail Hotel Wine Cellar Tutorial – Enjoy comparative tastings and a guided tutorial by one of the Royal Mail Hotel’s sommeliers in this award-winning 30,000 bottle wine cellar. Limited tickets $25pp – book HERE.
Galleries, Studios & Shops:
Nerissa Major’s Art Studio – 8am-7pm – Meet this local indigenous artist at her studio/gallery to hear cultural stories and experiment with Koori bush art & craft – $5 inc. all materials. 73 Macarthur St (cnr Simpson St).
Planet Zoo Artist Studio – 9am-5pm – Drop-in to see local artist, David Baker at work and to perhaps sketch a giraffe or a rhino! Free, charity donations welcome. 39-41 Williams St.
Dunkeld Garage Gallery – 10am-3pm – Peruse a wide selection of art, ceramics, jewellery and more within the tall iron walls of the old Dunkeld Motors Building. 95 Parker St.
Ros McArthur Art Studio – 10am-4pm – Your route cycles through the Mirrinatwa gap so you’ll see the signs! Meet the artist in her studio/gallery and roam her extensive gardens. 225 Mirranatwa Road, Mirranatwa, 3294.
Waiting Room Gallery – 10am-5pm – Meet the artist, Anne Fleming amidst her ceramics, paintings and drawings. 107b Parker St.
Gerard Murphy Furniture –10.30am to 5pm – Meet the craftsman and peruse fine handmade furniture and giftware made from sustainably-harvested quality timbers, with 50% off shipping for riders! 2505 Blackwood-Dunkeld Rd.
Only Ewe – 10am-3pm. Stocking a wide woolly range, Only Ewe know, love and stock Australian and New Zealand made woollen products & giftware. 91 Parker St.
Body, Sport & Leisure:
Dunkeld Bowling Club – From 11am – Hit the greens for ‘barefoot bowls’! The bar will be open, a sausage sizzle will be on the go and there’s even wifi and charging stations. Memorial Park.
Total Health Integration – 12pm – 5pm – Talented local, Casey Trotter will offer sports massage and Bowen therapy right at your campsite – wave goodbye to tired legs! GVBR Campsite.
Grampians Golf Club – any time – Hit a round of golf in the gums at the base of Mt Abrupt! $15 green fee for this 18-hole course, with 3 sets of clubs for hire for $10, just call 0429 576 044. Victoria Valley Rd.
Museums, History & Heritage:
Dunkeld Historical Museum – 9am – 2pm. Adult $10, Conc $8, Children $3. Showcasing a range of Aboriginal artefacts, memorabilia, items from both world wars and photography dating back as far as the 1830s. 65 Wills St.
Australian Light Horse and Heritage Collection – 10am – 5pm – free. Visit Dave and discover fascinating memorabilia bequeathed by author, Ned Kelly historian, screen/tv writer and director of ‘The Lighthorsemen’ film 1987; Ian Jones. 26 Parker St.
Dunkeld Heritage Trail – Anytime, free – Discover 26 plaques rich in history on this leisurely walk accessible to all. Throughout Dunkeld.
Hikes & Walks – any time – free. From the 2.4km loop up The Picaninny (Bianggug) to a 3-hour return hike up Mount Abrupt (Mud-dadjug) or Mount Sturgeon (Wurgarri), there is a hike, walk and wander suitable for everyone in the Grampians National Park.
Dunkeld Arboretum – any time – free. Meander your way around 18-hectares of walking tracks, with flora species and towering trees plus an old mill and carved sculptures! Fairbairn St.
The team at @visitgreaterhamilton are here to help if you need any local insights or trip planning help for when you inevitably return… those mountains will call you back!
Pop into the Dunkeld & Grampians Visitor Information Centre in the heart of Dunkeld 10am-4pm, give us a call on 1800 807 056 or email our team.
Enjoy your time in the Southern Grampians… happy cycling!