Discover Hamilton

 

Architectural. Creative. Agricultural. Beautiful. Cultural.

Artistic flare, botanical beauty, sensational shops and an extravaganza of events.  Hamilton is a thriving regional centre.

 

Whether it’s browsing through great shops, discovering art down hidden laneways, or experiencing our 50,000-head sheep sale, Hamilton offers an amazing array of experiences for all travellers.

Operating as an epicentre to the pastoral industry for over 160 years, Hamilton’s cultural encounters are entrenched in the wealth of its natural assets and the annual Sheepvention is a perfect example of that.  Since 1952, Sheepvention has been Hamilton’s Pastoral and Agricultural Society’s prize show, affording you the opportunity to take in all things sheep plus meet producers, taste local produce, compete, admire, shop and lots more!

Architectural forms, vibrant colourings, geometric shapes, structured statues, painted paths, embellished walls –local art is everywhere in Hamilton.  It lines the laneways, fills the gardens and covers the walls.  Not only can art be viewed in the public arena, scattered around the CBD but Hamilton also boasts the magnificent Hamilton Gallery that presents a diverse range of exhibitions, programs and events. Hamilton is renowned for its artistic flare, inspiring performances and cultural experience.

Also lining the streets of Hamilton are a plethora of welcoming cafes and shops.  Hamilton has created and embraced a lively cafe culture; dishing up delectable dishes and of course strong and satisfying coffee.  Hamilton also offers sensational strip-style shopping.  The wide open streets of the CBD means that walking and shopping within Hamilton’s heart is a pleasant and purposeful experience.

Walk amongst enormous English Oaks and pines, fountains and rotunda in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens.  The gardens are the perfect spot to spend a fun afternoon with children as acres of well-manicured lawns invite games and picnics.  Lush and verdant surroundings continue at Lake Hamilton; a pristine lake surrounded by 25 hectares of parkland.  Ideal for all-round adventure – fishing, cycling, sailing, running, rowing, windsurfing, canoeing and playing at the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground.

Hamilton’s central position makes the perfect launching pad for a stay in the Grampians (Gariwerd), but be sure to dedicate time to exploring the joys of this great city and the Greater Hamilton region.

Inspired By Hamilton

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...

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3 Hamilton Foodie Stops You Can’t Miss

3 Hamilton Foodie Stops You Can’t Miss

Eat, drink and enjoy at these three can't miss Hamilton cafes.  They are not only dishing up the goods but completely conquering the cafe scene. The Roxburgh With a passion for coffee and a spirit...

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Food & Wine

Groke Hamilton

Groke Hamilton

Step foot into Hamilton’s No.1 Burger and Cocktail Bar, where it’s just as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the tastebuds.  With pop art murals adorning the walls outdoors and a chic décor to love indoors, you’ll be faced with a tough...

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Thai Town

Thai Town

The team at Thai Town Hamilton serve up a variety of meals of excellent quality and invite you to try their yummy food.  Operating for lunch, dinner and takeaway meals, Ing & Pang provide quality consistent food that locals love, priding...

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Woody’s Cafe & Bar

Woody’s Cafe & Bar

Recently undergoing new management, Woody’s Café & Bar has been a part of Hamilton for over 20 years, offering up a cozy, welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all. Visitors can choose to sit inside the rejuvenated café or outside in either...

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Tosca Browns

Tosca Browns

Destined to surprise and delight you with a range of retro dining options. Tosca Browns has spaces both indoor and outdoor with the outdoor spaces consisting of a balcony, beer garden and courtyard. Featuring a wide range of local produce on a...

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Racha Thai

Racha Thai

Discover the flavours of Thailand and the fantastic food on offer at an affordable price. Choose from a big selection of Thai dishes (modifications can be made to suit the Aussie palate).A lovely restaurant with a great Thai menu in an intimate...

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Little Koi

Little Koi

Serving up breakfast, lunch, cakes and coffee daily. Dine in, online ordering, takeaway and delivery. Renowned to the locals and loved by the visitors. Serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch on a daily with consistent excellence and flair. You can...

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Grand Central Hotel

Grand Central Hotel

Located in the centre of Hamilton, the Grand Central Hotel offer the best in quality service and enjoyment. They offer a wide variety of services, from all day meals and drinks, to availability of TAB and a beautiful lounge to relax on in front of...

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Country French Bakery

Country French Bakery

In the heart of Hamilton, this family run bakery has everything of a traditional bakery, baked fresh daily. Be welcomed by the friendly owners, who are more than happy to cater to your needs. Selling sausage rolls, pasties, a range of different...

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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,...

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Bochara Wines

Bochara Wines

Located in the heart of Western Victoria’s red-gum country, the Bochara Wines vineyard and cellar door are located 10km west of Hamilton. The winery’s small scale means that all operations are done by hand, with the wines made on site by owners...

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The Roxburgh

The Roxburgh

Founded in 2007 in a beautiful two-storey bluestone building sits this family run business with a passion for coffee and spirit for their community.  Although this may be an impressive looking building from the outside, the inside is where the...

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Izzy’s Restaurant Wilfred

Izzy’s Restaurant Wilfred

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 Café in Dunkeld, Izzy’s Restaurant Wilfred in Hamilton, and...

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The Hamilton Hamper

The Hamilton Hamper

The Hamilton Hamper is a truly unique and impressive business set up, comprising a retail store specialising in quality gourmet foods, a full delicatessen providing fresh seafood, cheeses, smallgoods and more, unique gifts and The Hamilton Hamper...

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Caledonian Hotel Motel

Caledonian Hotel Motel

CONTACT phone. 03 5572 1055email. info@thecallyhamilton.com.aufacebook. The Cally Hamiltoninstagram. The Cally Hamilton

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Cafe Gray

Cafe Gray

Cafe Gray is situated right in the heart of Hamilton at 109 Gray Street. Serving hearty breakfasts, yummy morning and afternoon teas and delicious lunches, teamed up with a refreshing juice bar and organic Red Star coffee. Homemade food served by...

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Botanical Restaurant & Bar

Botanical Restaurant & Bar

The Botanical offers a stunning dining experience. The dining room and bar offers the perfect place to relax, enjoy a meal from the ever changing menu, a glass of wine from the extensive wine list, including the pick of local growers, or an...

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The Speckled Frog

The Speckled Frog

The Speckled Frog owners Jordan and Machelle are passionate about providing a space where anyone in the community, locals and travellers can stop in and receive A-grade coffee, a modern brunch-style meal along with great customer service with a...

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Bandicoot Motor Inn Restaurant

Bandicoot Motor Inn Restaurant

The Bandicoot Motor Inn is situated on approximately 2 acres of parklands and features a licenced restaurant and bar. It is ideally placed as a base for day journeys to Gariwerd (Grampians National Park), Portland, Port Fairy and many other Western...

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Alexandra House

Alexandra House

Alexandra house caters for any function from weddings, 21st, 50th, 80th or to those just coming in for a great value meal. Alexandra House supporting sport and the local community.CONTACT phone. 03 5571...

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Henty Estate

Henty Estate

Henty Estate produces exceptional cool climate wines of great finesse. Attention to detail in the vineyard combined with traditional winemaking techniques including hand plunging, basket pressing and the exclusive use of French oak enable the wines...

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Emerging From Darkness

Emerging From Darkness

The highly anticipated Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion & The Baroque exhibition has opened to immense support at Hamilton Gallery. 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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Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

For over 30 years the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre has been the home of performing arts in the Greater Hamilton region. From live shows and engaging performances to unique events, Hamilton Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) stages a host of opportunities for residents...

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Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail

Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail

The Hamilton to Coleraine (or vice versa) Rail Trail is still a work in progress, well worth a visit for keen walkers and mountain bikers out there with a sense of adventure and a love of nature.   The first section of trail begins on the outskirts of Hamilton and...

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Thai Town

Thai Town

The team at Thai Town Hamilton serve up a variety of meals of excellent quality and invite you to try their yummy food.  Operating for lunch, dinner and takeaway meals, Ing & Pang provide quality consistent food that locals love, priding themselves on delicious...

read more
Woody’s Cafe & Bar

Woody’s Cafe & Bar

Recently undergoing new management, Woody’s Café & Bar has been a part of Hamilton for over 20 years, offering up a cozy, welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all. Visitors can choose to sit inside the rejuvenated café or outside in either their charming...

read more
Tosca Browns

Tosca Browns

Destined to surprise and delight you with a range of retro dining options. Tosca Browns has spaces both indoor and outdoor with the outdoor spaces consisting of a balcony, beer garden and courtyard. Featuring a wide range of local produce on a creative seasonal menu,...

read more
Racha Thai

Racha Thai

Discover the flavours of Thailand and the fantastic food on offer at an affordable price. Choose from a big selection of Thai dishes (modifications can be made to suit the Aussie palate).A lovely restaurant with a great Thai menu in an intimate setting. Pop in and see...

read more
Little Koi

Little Koi

Serving up breakfast, lunch, cakes and coffee daily. Dine in, online ordering, takeaway and delivery. Renowned to the locals and loved by the visitors. Serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch on a daily with consistent excellence and flair. You can match your...

read more
Grand Central Hotel

Grand Central Hotel

Located in the centre of Hamilton, the Grand Central Hotel offer the best in quality service and enjoyment. They offer a wide variety of services, from all day meals and drinks, to availability of TAB and a beautiful lounge to relax on in front of the fire. Whether...

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Country French Bakery

Country French Bakery

Be welcomed by the friendly owners, who are more than happy to cater to your needs. Selling sausage rolls, pasties, a range of different flavour pies, a range of donuts and slices as well as fresh bread and drinks.

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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 are encouraged...

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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, wood craft,...

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Western Speedway

Western Speedway

Hamilton's Western Speedway is owned and operated by the Hamilton Speedway Drivers Inc, a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to provide a controlled environment for motorsport fans and competitors to enjoy the thrills and excitement of speedway racing.  The...

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Nigretta Falls

Nigretta Falls

A short detour from the Glenelg Highway around 20km from Hamilton, Nigretta Falls is a volcanic-based waterfall fed by the Wannon River. An observation deck allows views of the waterfall from the parking and picnic grounds while the stairs take visitors to the base...

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Wannon Falls

Wannon Falls

Located just 20km from Hamilton and around 15 km from Coleraine, the Wannon Falls present a spectacular display of water flowing down the falls into a deep plunge pool below. The falls were created by basalt lava flow that surged up stream to the Wannon River. A...

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Lakes Edge Adventure Playground

Lakes Edge Adventure Playground

Kids of all-abilities and ages will have fun at this park! Offering over 90 different experiences with equipment including rope pyramid, climbing wall, slides, spinners, swings, climbing mountains, see-saw, rope hammock, birds' nest, sandpit, diggers, ship structure...

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Hamilton Miniature Railway

Hamilton Miniature Railway

The Hamilton Model Railway Group Inc. was formed by a group of friends with an interest in Australian Model Railways. On display in the clubroom is a model display of the layout 'Kilmore East' as well as a range of railway memorabilia. The establishment of a 7 1/4...

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Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton is a 38 hectare area built in 1977 by damming the Grange Burn. Home to many birds, the lake is set in a quiet area where all the family can relax and unwind.CONTACT phone. 1800 807 056Rippon Road or off Mill Road, HamiltonINSTA INSPO OF #LAKEHAMILTON...

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Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL)

Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL)

The Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) is a multi-purpose, native based precinct that showcases sustainability values in its buildings, gardens and parklands. The building was designed by students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is made...

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Hamilton Pastoral Museum

Hamilton Pastoral Museum

Two complexes of collections showing the development of farming & household technology. Historical buildings at the museum include St Luke's Church, Cottage, National Bank, Drik Drik Post Office, Byaduk Automatic Exchange, Blacksmith, Myaring Woolshed, Warrayure...

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Hamilton History Centre

Hamilton History Centre

The Hamilton History Centre is a volunteer-based research facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and cataloguing of historical records of Hamilton and the surrounding region which are made available for research purposes. The collection includes over 2000...

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Hamilton Golf Club

Hamilton Golf Club

The Hamilton Golf Club offers a relaxing, peaceful environment for the golf enthusiast. The tree-lined fairways and well-bunkered greens offer a realistic challenge to all golfers. Hamilton Golf Course are proud of the standard to which they have developed this course...

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Hamilton Cinema

Hamilton Cinema

The Hamilton Cinema has seating capacity for 121 as well as disability access and hearing loops. It has a kiosk with freshly made popcorn, refreshments and sweets.

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Hamilton Botanic Gardens

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for the gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted out in 1870, making the gardens amongst the earliest provincial botanic gardens set aside in Australia. From 1881 the Council at the time employed William Guilfoyle, curator of the Melbourne Botanic...

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Hamilton Gallery

Hamilton Gallery

Located in the heart of Hamilton's cultural arts precinct close to cafes and shops, Hamilton Gallery is a welcoming, accessible and free experience open to all. Hamilton Gallery has been the heart of visual arts in the Southern Grampians for over 60 years - it is the...

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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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Campes Motor Museum

Campes Motor Museum

Glen and Margaret Campe begun Campes Coaches 32 years ago from a concrete slab in his backyard. In 1979 saw the purchase of their local school run and eighth months later another bus was purchased to serve the school bus run during the week and charters on weekends....

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Baimbridge

Baimbridge

Baimbridge Antiques is a family-owned business trading in antique furniture, jewellery and decorative items. Family matriach Ruth Colliton specialises in antique, estate and bespoke jewellery and enjoys sourcing diamonds and other precious stones for her customers....

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Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

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. Other memorabilia includes documents from the...

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What’s On

Byaduk and Community Spring Show

Saturday, 02 November 2024,  Byaduk

The Byaduk and Community Spring Show is a unique exhibition of grand floral displays across many categories. It hosts displays of art, craft, baking and decorating, and photography. The event encomp...

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Ivan Durrant: Marmalade Skies Through Opal Eyes

Thursday, 18 July 2024,  Hamilton

Ivan Durrant: Marmalade Skies Through Opal Eyes focuses on the most recent paintings of the highly regarded Australian artist with landscapes of the Western District and still-life works of his studio...

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New Exuberance: Contemporary Australian Textile Design

Thursday, 18 July 2024,  Hamilton

New Exuberance celebrates the work of more than 30 textile creatives and includes 10 commissioned works produced by designers associated with the JamFactory. This exhibition acknowledges the rich dive...

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Say No to Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Saturday, 20 July 2024,  Dunkeld

They are showing their support for the Say No to Domestic Violence Campaign, a special thanks to the Hamilton Rotary Club for their co-ordination and support of this important cause. They are raising...

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Cafe Gray

Aside from the uber colourful nourish bowls, the welcoming smell of fresh coffee and the truly tempting baked goods that you’ll find at Cafe Grey – you’ll always be welcomed with a smile by local owners Tim and Jess.

Both born and bred in Southern Grampians, Tim and Jess have a classic country footballer meets netballer love story, that saw them stay in the region to raise their own little family and business. 

”We love being able to share in people’s everyday special moments.  Every week we have a mother and her adult son, who come and meet here for their weekly catch up. Often they will know who else is coming, so they may sit at a four seater table, and they share their catch ups with other locals. It’s really special, and we love being a part of their every day”.

Cafe Grey’s nourish bowls are simply amazing (almost a must-do if we’re being honest) and a friendly chat with Tim, Jess and their team is equally rewarding.

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