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Local Knowledge – Cecily’s Favourite Greater Hamilton Walks

Local Knowledge – Cecily’s Favourite Greater Hamilton Walks

Having lived in Hamilton for 40 years, former teacher and now visitor information volunteer, Cecily has incredible insight into our great region, especially when it comes to walks.  With a passion for exploring our remarkable natural environment on foot, Cecily shares with us her favourite Greater Hamilton walks…

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Uncover the Cosmos at the ASV Messier Star Party

Uncover the Cosmos at the ASV Messier Star Party

The Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) is bringing its highly anticipated Messier Star Party to Greater Hamilton this March long weekend. As the largest astronomy club in Australia, the ASV has a rich history stretching back over 100 years dedicated to connecting communities with the night sky.

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Emerging From Darkness – Don’t Miss Your Chance…

Emerging From Darkness – Don’t Miss Your Chance…

The highly anticipated Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion & The Baroque exhibition has opened to immense support at Hamilton Gallery, but there’s not long left to experience this once-in-a-lifetime collection of baroque masterpieces! Featuring important works seldom seen outside of major institutions, Emerging From Darkness offers a rare opportunity for audiences right here in Greater Hamilton.

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Fishing in Greater Hamilton

Fishing in Greater Hamilton

Well, it’s oh-fish-al, Greater Hamilton is an angler’s haven.  With an overwhelming pool of inland creeks, lakes and reservoirs, you’ll be...

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In Full Bloom – Willow, Violet and Flora

In Full Bloom – Willow, Violet and Flora

Catching your eye as you drive along the Main Street of Tarrington is a gorgeously upcycled flower stand. Cleverly crafted from two reconditioned apple boxes (sourced from a nearby organic apple farm) and roofed with an old, recycled copper range hood, the ‘Willow, Violet & Flora’ roadside shop is picturesquely placed at the gates of a weatherboard homestead and sprawling farm.

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Wild About Spring/Summer – 5 Must See Wildflower Spots

Wild About Spring/Summer – 5 Must See Wildflower Spots

The Grampians is home to 1/3 of Victoria’s flora and fauna, and August through to November is the optimal time to take in the wonderful wildflowers of our region. Set yourself up for a weekend wildflower adventure with our five must-see sites for wildflowers…

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Meet Franklin and Friends!

Meet Franklin and Friends!

Meet ‘Little Franklin’, much-loved member of the ‘Franklin and Friends’ family. Little Franklin is the first finished refurbishment of hospitality superstars (and Hamilton locals), Mackinley, Fennel and Tom.

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17 Things To Do in Dunkeld

17 Things To Do in Dunkeld

Located at the foot of Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon), Dunkeld embraces its magnificent natural environment in all different shapes and forms.  From...

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5 Reasons to Visit Budj Bim

5 Reasons to Visit Budj Bim

Besides being the 20th site in Australia to make the UNESCO World Heritage list, here are five more reasons to visit the spectacular Budj Bim.

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Trading the Coast for the Country

Trading the Coast for the Country

If the feeling of sand in your toes (and literally everywhere else) is getting too much for you these summer months then pack a day bag and escape to the country.

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Historic Coleraine

Historic Coleraine

With a settled history dating back 200 years and an Aboriginal history dating back thousands of years, Coleraine is a country town steeped in stories of former days. 

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4 Must-See Art Shows

4 Must-See Art Shows

Four must-see art shows over three months… From watercolour to mixed media to photography and everything exceptional in between, celebrate our region’s most talented artists at these upcoming art and photography exhibitions.

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Skywhales in the Grampians

Skywhales in the Grampians

On Saturday May 14th, Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Skywhales’, monumental sculptures in the form of hot-air balloons, will take to the skies with a backdrop of the stunning Grampians National Park (Gariwerd).

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The Ten-Step Guide to the Hamilton Art Trail

The Ten-Step Guide to the Hamilton Art Trail

We love public art here in Greater Hamilton! Art is throughout all our towns and on a stroll through Hamilton’s main street and shopping precinct, you will find colourful pieces of art from some of our region’s best artists.

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Wildflowers Galore

Wildflowers Galore

 Everlasting Button - credit Russell Scott (via tumblr)   Spring has sprung, and now is the best time to see the region pop with colour. From...

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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 National Park and sweeping views of the Western District, that is the Cavendish experience.

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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...

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Chasing Churches

Chasing Churches

We have created a series of local guides, taking you to the stunning churches dotted throughout our region. Enjoy!

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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...

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Laneway Art

Laneway Art

Flowering fauna, abstract expressionism, native wildlife and so many more forms of muse are vibrantly presented in Hamilton’s McGuigan Lane. 

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5 Minutes With Casey Manson of Grotti Lotti

5 Minutes With Casey Manson of Grotti Lotti

Somewhere in between painting contemporary art, stocking shops nationwide, running a successful online store, shipping art worldwide and being a spirited mum, Casey Manson of Grotti Lotti spoke with us…

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Festival of Colours

Festival of Colours

A lifetime’s work, a living library, a festival of colours; The Peter Francis Points Arboretum has long been regaling visitors and locals of Coleraine with its rainbow of flora.

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An Insider’s Guide to Coleraine

An Insider’s Guide to Coleraine

From a decadent chocolate factory to a classic car collection to incredible natural wonders, Coleraine has so much to offer and we have the insider’s guide to it all.

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An Insider’s Guide To Penshurst

An Insider’s Guide To Penshurst

Home to beautiful bluestone buildings, a noble horse race, a never-failing spring and lush green scenery, explore Penshurst with the help of this Insider’s Guide…

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Getting Active In Greater Hamilton

Getting Active In Greater Hamilton

With a myriad of active events happening in Greater Hamilton, this mantra is not only attainable but also enjoyable.  Check out our ultimate list of active happenings in the Greater Hamilton region.

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Inspo for your Next Visit

Infused with every inspiring aspect of our region - the Greater Hamilton e-mag is a real page-turner. It’s never been easier to embark upon your next getaway.  Be inspired.

Acknowledgment of Traditional Owners

We acknowledge Greater Hamilton is in Gunditjmara, Djab Wurrung and Bunganditj Country.  We acknowledge this land that has been cared for by the traditional owners, past and present. Traditional Owners sharing the beauty and joy of these lands and waterways is a privilege, one we repay with respect for their country, Elders and people.

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