An Insider’s Guide to Cavendish

An Insider’s Guide to Cavendish

Culinary mastery, country hospitality, historical exploration, exceptional events, serene stays, proximity to the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and sweeping views of the Western District, that is the Cavendish experience. Eat An exceptional dining experience...

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Petschel House

Petschel House

Petschel House In its original bluestone glory, built around 1856 by the Rentsch and Petschel families, Petschel House is a Studio Gallery and Garden open for visitors and locals to explore. Jenni Mitchell & Mervyn Hannan offer classes and workshops where students...

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Henty Wine Region

Henty Wine Region

South West Victoria, home to the outstanding Henty Wine Region covering a large area extending from the Hopkins River across to the South Australian Border. Rich in natural beauty and spectacular sights, this region is gifted with red gum scattered paddocks in the...

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4 Of The Best Pads For Your Pooch

4 Of The Best Pads For Your Pooch

Four-legged friends don’t need to miss out on the fun and frivolity of holidays. Check out these hospitable hosts of Greater Hamilton who are only too happy to greet you and your dog come next holiday. Royal Mail Hotel That’s right, one of regional Victoria’s best...

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Rocklands Reservoir – 3 Reasons To Go Today

Rocklands Reservoir – 3 Reasons To Go Today

Situated 13kms east of Balmoral is Rocklands Reservoir; the largest water reservoir in Victoria.  Constructed during the 1950s, the Reservoir is a whopping 67.5 square kilometres, stretching across a spectacular landscape and generating a region ripe with exceptional...

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Wintery Wonders of Greater Hamilton

Wintery Wonders of Greater Hamilton

Cover image photo credit @cameracorp_aus (via Insta). Winter is an enigmatic and captivating season in Greater Hamilton; frosty trees line the streets, sparkling rivers flow through the townships, gushing waterfalls plunge to their pools, warming log fires heat your...

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The Ten Most Instagrammable Spots In Dunkeld

The Ten Most Instagrammable Spots In Dunkeld

Cover image photo credit @discoverdunkeld (via Insta).   Drop a pin or use a hashtag for these ten Instagram-worthy settings and scenes of spectacular Dunkeld.  This is #Dunkeld and it is #awesome. #MountAbrupt A steep climb to a sharp peak, Mount Abrupt is set to...

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The Good Food Guide to Greater Hamilton

The Good Food Guide to Greater Hamilton

Seedy flapjacks, stacked burgers, farm fresh servings, flaky pastry pies and fresh seafood…  The proof is in the pudding (and the pictures) when it comes to Greater Hamilton’s moreish menu.  Tuck your serviette into your top and prepare your belly because here...

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A Greater Hamilton Easter Camping Guide

A Greater Hamilton Easter Camping Guide

A four-day weekend and camping go together like chocolate and Easter.  With Easter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning and prepping your long weekend camping getaway.  And boy, do we have some egg-cellent Easter getaway tips for you… From...

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MUD Gallery

MUD Gallery

MUD Gallery This not-for-profit gallery operated by the community of artists and volunteers who display and sell magnificent pieces of art all made by the local makers and creators. The gallery has a collection of paintings, drawings, photography, jewellery, cards,...

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Chasing Churches

Chasing Churches

With a strong religious background, churches were amongst the first buildings created in Hamilton as well as each of the villages throughout the Shire with the stunning architecture providing a glimpse into the past. We have created a series of guides, taking you to...

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Herrmann Wines

Herrmann Wines

Herrmann Wines The family owned and operated Herrmann Wines was established in 2005 by John and Dorothy Herrmann with the planting of 5000 Pinot Noir vines on their mixed farm at Tarrington. As the next generation takes up the day to day management, son Brent now...

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Obsidian Room

Obsidian Room

Obsidian Room Wine down and settle in for a night at the Obsidian Room, Hamilton’s newest wine and cocktail bar. Relax and unwind with espresso martinis on tap, premium wines or one of their famous strawberry daiquiris. Pair your drinks with a gourmet pizza, cheese...

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St Michael’s Lutheran Church

St Michael’s Lutheran Church

St Michael’s Lutheran Church Look up to the magnificently dominated Tarrington skyline and spot the steeples of St Michael’s Lutheran Church in the heart of Tarrington, a gothic-revival-inspired church that was built in 1927. During the day the church is a...

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Tarrington Cottage Eclectica

Tarrington Cottage Eclectica

Tarrington Cottage Eclectica Discover hidden treasures as you explore the treasures sourced by your host Liz. Be it an Art Deco office cabinet with draws that still slide like butter, a vintage brass fighting rooster or old crockery that reminds you of Sundays at...

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Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe Owners, Shane and Susan, bake fresh daily and stock the menu themselves, all breakfasts and lunches are made with precision and are packed full with flavour. Their service is always of the highest standard, which is why so many return as “Customers...

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Catching Pen

Catching Pen

Catching Pen Coleraine’s much-loved, home-style café, the Catching Pen is the home of traditional and deliciously nourishing food. Pop in to see the team of locals and let them look after you with great coffee, great food and even better service. Their menu also...

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Yatmerone Wildlife Reserve

Yatmerone Wildlife Reserve

Yatmerone Wildlife Reserve With over 30 species of birds living at the wetlands, Yatmerone is a popular bird watching area providing a place where visitors can appreciate the local flora and fauna as well as catch a glimpse of native wildlife. The Reserve is fed by a...

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Penshurst Store

Penshurst Store

Penshurst Store A family run café and bakery, owners Cam and Amanda are passionate about delivering great food and great service. With all food made fresh on site daily by Cam, the store sells everything baked and delicious including fresh bread, buns, pies, pastries...

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Calling all Bird Lovers

Calling all Bird Lovers

The Greater Hamilton region is an ideal place to base yourself for birdwatching. Finding birds here is easy; you can hear them wherever you are and see them everywhere. Photos: @kirisimagesbirds on Instagram. Australia is home to more than 800 different stunning bird...

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Laneway Art

Laneway Art

Through an extraordinary collaboration of aspiring and renowned artists, Hamilton brings you McGuigan Lane.  Positioned in the heart of Hamilton, the pavement of McGuigan Lane has been vibrantly transformed to create a wonderful walkway of magnificent murals. ...

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Talking Henty Wines With Martin From Bochara

Talking Henty Wines With Martin From Bochara

The Southern Grampians is renowned for its rich, fertile soils which in turn gives rise to not only a delectable array of produce but also a reserve of refined wines.  The cool climatic conditions and sufficiently suitable sun exposure means that this region (also...

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5 Minutes With Casey Manson of Grotti Lotti

5 Minutes With Casey Manson of Grotti Lotti

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...

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Red Gum Walk

Red Gum Walk

Red Gum Walk Located along the Rocklands Road on the eastern side of town is the Glenelg River Wetlands and River Walk also known as the Balmoral Red Gum Walk. A short walk from the town centre, head out Rocklands Road and take the dirt track just before the 80km sign...

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Byaduk General Store

Byaduk General Store

Byaduk General Store Located along the main stretch of Byaduk, pop in and see Robyn at the Byaduk General Store during your exploration of the town. Full to the brim with antiques, clothing, homewares, accessories and other delightful finds, the store is a hidden gem....

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Budj Bim (Mt Eccles) National Park

Budj Bim (Mt Eccles) National Park

Budj Bim (Mt Eccles) National Park The Budj Bim National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed park covering the majority of the lava flow from the Budj Bim volcano (Mount Eccles) as well as multiple significant Indigenous heritage sites. Just a 30-minute drive from...

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Cycling in Greater Hamilton

Cycling in Greater Hamilton

Hamilton Tarrington Cycle Loop Distance – 20km return Grade – Easy to Medium Take the family on this easy ten-kilometre trail between Hamilton and Tarrington ideally situated on a dedicated bike/walking track . Breathe in the fresh country air as you ride...

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Chasing Waterfalls

Chasing Waterfalls

The Greater Hamilton region is the ideal base from which to explore a whole world of waterfalls.  Here are some of our favourites…   Nigretta Falls     Whilst exploring the volcanic lakes and plains the South West of Victoria is famous for, you...

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The Old Bakery

The Old Bakery

The Old Bakery Historical Bakery circa 1887, one of a few in Victoria with fully operational wood fired scotch oven. The Bakery is located in a quiet area of Dunkeld in a close vicinity of the the town centre. The Bakery specialises in handcrafted sourdough bread,...

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Tarrington Vineyards

Tarrington Vineyards

Tarrington Vineyards Tarrington Vineyards is a small family owned business producing wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, grown and made on the premises. The vineyard is gently managed using biodynamic farming practices and the wine is made using natural...

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Pierrepoint Wines

Pierrepoint Wines

Pierrepoint Wines Pierrepoint Wines is a five-hectare vineyard established in 1998 growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes. The property boasts magnificent views across a charming valley, an established sugar gum plantation and a picturesque lake. To the...

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