Hamilton Victoria


The southern gateway to the Grampians, Dunkeld is situated at the base of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt. The two mountains were named by Major Thomas Mitchell after he camped in the area in 1836.  The impressive setting of the town has inspired many early Australian painters and images can be found throughout regional galleries in Victoria. The Dunkeld Picnic Races – held in November – have also become a tradition attracting racegoers from afar. 

Activities and attractions

  • Follow one of the walking tracks to Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt to take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside
  • Enjoy a drive along the Victoria Valley Road through the untouched southern section of the Grampians National Park. Look out for emus and kangaroos and spring wildflowers
  • Dine at the award-winning Dunkeld Royal Mail Hotel with stunning views of Mt Abrupt and Mt Sturgeon
  • Play a round of golf at the Grampians Golf Course and share your game with kangaroos and wallabies
  • Wander around the beautiful Dunkeld Arboretum
  • Stop off at the sheep dairy along the Glenelg Highway near Glenthompson and sample some of the delicious sheep milk yogurts and cheeses
  • Enjoy tastings at local vineyards.