Discover Hamilton

Places to see and explore in Greater Hamilton

Hamilton is at the base of the Southern Grampians and is ideally located between Melbourne and Adelaide. It is well serviced by major highways to and from Melbourne.

Central for day trips to the Grampians National Park – Halls Gap, Dunkeld – Mount Sturgeon, Ararat, Horsham, Great Ocean Road and Discovery Coast – Warrnambool, Port Fairy – Eastern Beach, Portland, Mount Gambier – Blue Lake, Volcanic Trail – Mount Eccles, Penshurst, Byaduk Caves, Mount Napier – youngest volcano in Victoria.

Hamilton, both the geographic and business hub of the region, has been the centre of a large and wealthy pastoral industry for over one hundred and sixty years and has grown to become a thriving country city.

Exhibiting style and quality, with excellent shopping, diverse architecture including the Public Sculpture – Nucleus, the outstanding art gallery and stunning botanic gardens, this gracious city offers a first class visitor experience.

The Southern Grampians landscape is dominated by the spectacular Grampians mountain range, ancient volcanoes, tranquil rivers and waterfalls and undulating pastoral land dotted with majestic red gums. The Southern Grampians spans the heart of Victoria’s renowned Western District.

Hamilton is located in the centre of the Western District of Victoria and has many interesting tourist attractions. It is the birthplace of Ansett Airlines and a museum depicting the history of Sir Reginald Ansett and his airline is within the town. Visit the renowned Hamilton Art Gallery or stroll through one of Victoria’s most outstanding regional civic gardens, Hamilton Botanic Gardens.

Connect with nature with platypus viewing in the Grange Burn and night time spotting of the endangered bandicoots in the Community Parkland enclosure. Discover the beauty and mystery of the volcanic trail.

Venturing out on day trips you will find Mount Napier, just south of Hamilton. The final major eruption of lava flowed along the valley of Harmans Creek for 24 kilometres. Still visible near Wallacedale today are lava ridges and clusters of lava tumuli. This is the only place in Australia where tumuli are found! If you’re in the mood for an adventure, The Byaduk Caves are considered the most extensive and accessible lava caves in Australia.

The Wannon and Nigretta Falls were created by lava flows that surged upstream to the Wannon River. The water cascades over hardened basalt lava. A must see are the Wannon and Nigretta Waterfalls.

Wine lovers Hamilton, explore the Henty Wine Region with 9 Cellar Doors and more than 14 vineyards across the region, sampling premium quality variety wines of the region are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot whilst enjoying scenic countryside through out your day trip.

Also for an unforgettable picnic and the Adventure Play Ground an experience for the whole family to beautiful Lake Hamilton. Treat the kids to a trip to the Leisure and Aquatic Centre to engaging art pieces like the Nucleus (noted as the Hamilton Community Core), to a round of Golf, and fishing, use Hamilton as your central base location. Hamilton offers an exciting mix of activity options for the whole family, giving visitors the perfect reason to plan a return visit.

Looking forward to seeing you on your next visit to Greater Hamilton – Victoria – Australia.

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