Ideally located between Melbourne and Adelaide, one will find the Southern Grampians region and the town of Hamilton. Savour the grandeur of Hamilton, with imposing buildings, majestic homesteads and manicured gardens the legacy of a prosperous wool-growing heritage. Hamilton is a good base for exploring the Grampians National Park, with the southern end of the park around a 20 minute drive north-east via Dunkeld. Just west of Dunkeld is a lookout allowing visitors to view the park's southern peaks of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt.
Accommodation options vary from cheap hotels and hotels, to self contained apartments and hostels and backpackers.
Drive from Hamilton to picturesque Dunkeld, the gateway to the Southern Grampians. Dunkeld has an award winning historical museum, historic walks, eating houses, art galleries and a golf course complete with kangaroos and emus. A short distance along the Halls Gap Tourist Road, walking tracks lead to the summits of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt, both of which provide great views. Lake Bellfield, on the outskirts of Halls Gap, is only 35 minutes drive from Dunkeld and has fishing and picnic facilities. Halls Gap itself has plenty to see and do. Then drive to Zumstein, with spectacular viewing along the way, including Boroka Lookout, MacKenzie Falls and Reeds Lookout. Zumstein has a picnic area and plenty of native animals. The round trip back to Hamilton takes you through Wartook, Cherrypool and Cavendish, a small town on the Wannon River which has historical significance and picnic facilities.
Hamilton offers an amazing array of experiences for all travellers with excellent shopping, diverse architecture, a fascinating art gallery and stunning botanic gardens which are the perfect spot to spend a fun afternoon with children as acres of well manicured lawns invite games and picnics. The innovative walk through aviary is home to many exotic and native birds while kangaroos, emus and wallabies also reside in the gardens. 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.