Discover Dunkeld

Booming. Pleasant.  Naturally Spoilt.  Home of Wickens.

A tranquil arboretum, rugged mountain peaks and a fine-dining restaurant.  Dunkeld is a town of striking contrasts and remarkable experiences.

 

Nestled at the foot of Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon), the southern tip of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and the Great Dividing Range is Dunkeld; a town that embraces its natural environment in all its magnificent shapes and forms.

Peacefully wander through the picturesque Dunkeld Arboretum.  This sanctuary is home to native flora, tranquil billabongs and towering red gums.  Meander along the tracks, across the bridges, through the labyrinth and place yourself on the pier to watch Mud-Dadjug (Mount Abrupt) alight in a red glow as the sun sets.

Spoilt for choice with hikes and panoramic vistas, Dunkeld affords you easy access to not one but four mountainous peaks; Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon), Bainggug (Mount Piccaninny), Mud-Dadjug (Mount Abrupt) and Signal Peak. Dunkeld is also the southern gateway to the Grampians Peaks Trail. Varying in difficulty and length, there is a hike and a view for everyone in Gariwerd.

It’s a feast for the senses at the critically acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel; home of fine-dining restaurant, Wickens, and casual diner, Parker Street Project.  Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel was awarded 2 Hats in the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards, along with Regional Wine List of the Year with their 28,000 bottle wine cellar.  Gaze upon the stunning backdrop of the Grampians (Gariwerd) while you dine and undoubtedly enjoy one of the most memorable and delectable food experiences in Australia.

With breathtaking Mud-Dadjug (Mount Abrupt) in the background, the prestigious Dunkeld Polo and the Dunkeld Cup take place annually at the Dunkeld Racecourse.  These greatly-anticipated, highly-coveted and horse-focused days are a highlight for Dunkeld residents and a chance for visitors to meet the locals. The annual event calander offers varied experiences; the mountianier tackles the Serra Terror, creatives enjoy the Dunkeld Writers Festival and everyone loves the 3 Peaks Festival

And with Dunkeld positively spoilt for choice with a variety of unique accommodation options, stay on and experience it all in Dunkeld.

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100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

100 Things To Do in Greater Hamilton

There is so much choice when it comes to things to do in Greater Hamilton.  The region is abundant in artistry, flooded with fishing prospects, teeming with treks, humming with history, loaded with lush produce and so much more. With so much choice, where do you...

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Meet Franklin and Friends!

Meet Franklin and Friends!

As you wander down the mountainous streetscape of Dunkeld, your senses cannot help but be drawn to the baby blue façade of a vintage 60s era caravan and the delicious aromas of coffee, pastries and sandwiches wafting from its retro push-out windows. Meet ‘Little...

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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 adventurous hikes to exhilarating vistas, destination fine dining to sensational seasonal produce, remarkable resident...

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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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Grampians (Gariwerd) Scenic Drive

Grampians (Gariwerd) Scenic Drive

This drive from Hamilton brings you to picturesque Dunkeld, the gateway to the Southern Grampians (Gariwerd). Dunkeld has an award winning historical museum, historic walks, eating houses, art galleries and a golf course complete with kangaroos and emus. A short...

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Dunkeld Garage Gallery

Dunkeld Garage Gallery

Visitors will be surprised and delighted by a visit to the old Dunkeld Motors building. Garage Gallery provides a unique opportunity for artists to feature their work for visitors and locals to enjoy. The gallery is open by appointment and is regularly featuring new...

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Australian Light Horse Heritage Collection

Australian Light Horse Heritage Collection

Displaying a collection of light horse memorabilia, much of which graciously bequeathed by the (late) Ian Jones. Ian Jones was an author, expert Ned Kelly historian, Australian screen and television writer and director (including that of 'The Lighthorsemen' film...

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Mirranatwa Gap Lookout

Mirranatwa Gap Lookout

A somewhat hidden secret on the crest of the Serra Ranges, turn off Grampians Tourist Road onto Victoria Valley Road to find the Mirranatwa Gap Lookout (or sometimes called Grampians Valley Lookout). Located just 20 minutes from Dunkeld, only a few kilometres off the...

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Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books

Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books

Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books opened in Dunkeld in 2004 and is operated by Marg Phillips and Roz Greenwood. We carry a range of books of good quality sourced from local collections and at auction. Our range includes local history with an emphasis on small town...

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Waiting Room Art Gallery

Waiting Room Art Gallery

The Waiting Room Gallery is a commercial art gallery showing fine pottery, ceramic sculpture, paintings and drawings by Anne Fleming. The gallery is run by the artist who is able to talk about her work and offer quality pieces at reasonable prices. It is situated...

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Ros McArthur Art Studio

Ros McArthur Art Studio

A fine art studio/gallery surrounded by the beauty of the Grampians Ranges (Gariwerd) and situated midway between Dunkeld in the south and Halls Gap to the north. The studio is in the extensive gardens of Woollahra sheep farm in the Victoria Valley. As an...

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Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat

Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat

Find the time to walk the mountains and calm the mind, Griffins Hill Lyengar Yoga Retreat is located two kilometers from the township of Dunkeld. The setting boasts a private six-acre garden with spectacular mountain outlooks. Relax with a healthy weekend away,...

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Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park

Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park

Renowned for rugged moutain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenic views, the 168 000 hectare park is ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. With over 52 walks around the area there is ample opportunity to explore the Grampians (Gariwerd) in its...

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Dunkeld Grampians Golf Course

Dunkeld Grampians Golf Course

Located 6 kilometres north of the Dunkeld township in the picturesque Victoria Valley is this 18-hole sandgreen layout course. Nestled in the pristine bushland on the western slopes of the majestic Mud-Dadjug (Mount Abrupt) and in amongst an abundance of flora and...

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Gerard Murphy Furniture

Gerard Murphy Furniture

Gerard Murphy relocated his workshop and showroom to Dunkeld several years ago. Gerard designs and creates high-end furniture and giftware from a range of quality cabinet timbers. The design ethic of Gerard Murphy Furniture draws heavily from visual cues provided by...

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Dunkeld & District Historical Museum

Dunkeld & District Historical Museum

The Dunkeld & District Historical Museum is a museum of social history of the Dunkeld district. The collection encompasses artefacts from settlement to recent times including an early aboriginal display, exploration by Major Mitchell, history of the wool industry,...

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Dunkeld Arboretum

Dunkeld Arboretum

A sanctuary of walking tracks, giant red gums, lakes and even a labyrinth.  The picturesque Dunkeld Arboretum allows you to take in the beauty, peace and imagery of nature at its finest. Enjoy a walk around the Arboretum tracks and view the ducks and swans playing in...

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Food & Wine

Franklin and Friends

Franklin and Friends

The Franklin and Friends family is an expanding group of mobile venues that are tailored towards weddings and events in the Grampians (Gariwerd). The first finished refurbishment 'Little Franklin' is a groovy blue (and fabulously transformed) 60's era caravan that...

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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 oversees the...

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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, gourmet pies,...

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Royal Mail Hotel

Royal Mail Hotel

The Royal Mail Hotel is designed to capture the stunning beauty of the Southern Grampians (Gariwerd). The property features sweeping views, multi-award-winning dining and cellar, bars, quality accommodation, luxury corporate retreat and wedding facilities for the...

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Izzy’s Cafe

Izzy’s Cafe

A family owned and operated business providing catering to a diverse range of clientele throughout the Western District.   Izzy’s group was established in 2004 and comprises of Izzy’s Mt View Café Dunkeld, Izzy’s Restaurant Wilfred Hamilton, and Izzy’s Restaurant Bar...

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Sturgeon View

Sturgeon View

Sturgeon View is a country style cafe and bistro overlooking scenic Wurgarri (Mount Sturgeon). In addition to full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, there is a large range of homemade pies, quiches, cakes and slices available. The venue is fully licenced, and outside...

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Messier Star Party Hamilton

Saturday, 09 March 2024,  Tarrington

Looking for a memorable activity this Labour Day Long Weekend? Join in for the inaugural Hamilton Messier Star Party! This year, Hamilton is thrilled to bring the renowned Messier Star Party to you, ...

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Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion and the Body in the Baroque

Monday, 04 March 2024,  Hamilton

Drawn from a partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and loans from the National Gallery of Australia and private lenders across the country, Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion and the B...

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National Street Stock Title Cush Clothing

Saturday, 09 March 2024,  Hamilton

Come and see Australia's best Street Stock drivers from all states of Australia contest the 2024 Cush Clothing National Street Stock Title. Three rounds of heats to be conducted on Saturday followed...

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ASV Messier Star Party - Hamilton

Saturday, 09 March 2024,  Hamilton

Looking for something to do this Labour Day Long Weekend? Why not join the team for the first-ever Hamilton Messier Star Party! That's right! This year, they are taking the Messier Star Party on the r...

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Young, creative and passionate, owners of Terra, Kel and Em’s days tend to roll from nature to business and then back again.  The dynamic duo are proud environmentalists, and co founders of an international clothing company, based in Dunkeld.

Raised in the steep bush of Grampians National Park, just outside of quaint Dunkeld, the two sisters have always had a close connection to nature and sustainability,  which underpinned their decision to create change in one of the most environmentally destructive industries.  Their strong sense of responsibility for environmental preservation is inspiring, and their ethos of choose well and buy less, is simple but powerful.

Their beautiful pieces are created with sustainable and ethically sourced fibres, coupled with versatile and timeless design that simply doesn’t date.

They choose to do international business, in the heart and soul of the Southern Grampians. 

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