Hit the open road and explore historical Hamilton
Venture into the Southern Grampians and find yourself in the historical township of Hamilton, the lively heart of Victoria’s farming industry.
THIS small town is no exception to the beauty and adventure the Grampians are famous for and offers both a breathtaking destination, as well as journey on the way.
Just two-and-a-half hours west of Ballarat, greater Hamilton provides space to breathe in the surroundings of rich history, art, and culture.
Dunkeld is a must-see stop for visitors and is the ideal location to stretch your legs and have a wander on your way to Hamilton.
Visit the Royal Mail Hotel to experience one of regional Victoria’s best restaurants and hotels or grab a quick bite for the trip ahead at Izzy’s Café or Koopmans.
For those wanting to explore longer, stay at the luxurious Aquila Eco lodges, a modern and sustainable retreat nestled within the peaceful bushland of Dunkeld.
Once arriving in Hamilton, visitors can fill their day with the wealth of experiences and sights Hamilton has to offer.
As a town that celebrates its history and culture, visitors can pop into a wide range of historical and vivid attractions, from rich museums such as the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum and Campe’s Motor Museum to the Hamilton Art Gallery.
Visitors can also take a leisurely stroll through the region’s lush gardens or the town’s laneways to experience its vibrant local art.
Hamilton is not only steeped in history, art, and culture, it also has a bustling hospitality scene and is home to many cafes offering great coffee and local treats.
Dine in at one of Hamilton’s many charming eateries including The Roxburgh, Tosca Browns, Groke and the Catalpa Café in neighbouring town Tarrington.
As the Christmas hustle and bustle approaches and Santa lists lengthen, Hamilton provides the perfect place for Christmas shopping.
Retail store Brown Bird Haus has the feel of a boutique retail outlet with a hint of country charm, offering bespoke giftware, homewares and apparel.
For those looking for more lavish options to fill their stockings with, Presence delivers luxury goods to Hamilton including homewares, gifts, imported shoes, jewellery, accessories and highly sought-after clothing labels.
Additionally, Hamilton’s Baimbridge is an antique store that tells a tale of the region’s pastoral heritage, offering vintage jewellery, furniture and homewares that speak to the history of the village.
If wide open space is more your scene, take a short detour from the Glenelg Highway and unwind with a relaxing outdoor activity such as a refreshing swim, fish, a scenic picnic, or a barbeque cook up at the stunning Nigretta Falls, a small waterfall fed by the Wannon River.
For those seeking a stay in town, check out the AAt 38 Goldsmith Motel to extend your visit over a few days, allowing time to discover the extinct volcano Mount Rose at Penshurst and to explore the other hidden gems of the Southern Grampians.
Your Grampians getaway in Hamilton awaits just two hours from Ballarat.
For information on accommodation, local businesses, road trips and more, head to visitgrampians.com.au.