Head out west to Hamilton, a lively provincial town with plenty for day trippers and holiday makers alike. Set up a picnic at the botanical gardens, tour the museums and explore the local art galleries for a cultural tour of this thriving regional centre.
On the sheep's back
Discover Hamilton's wool-growing heritage. While many Victorian towns in the Grampians were founded on gold mining, Hamilton's wool industry is responsible for the grand architecture still visible today. Take in the sights over a picnic lunch at the botanical gardens designed by William Guilfoyle. Walk on into town for a tour of the local shops, cafes and renowned art galleries.
Volcanoes and watersports
Hamilton is within close distance to the Great Ocean Road, Coonawarra and the Grampians National Park. Explore the rolling green hills, dormant volcanoes and misty waterfalls. Drive past the Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange to see the farming region in action, before continuing on to the Henty wine region for a taste of the region's best.
Take up a water sport or just take it easy at Lake Hamilton, where the calm waters are perfect for canoeing, fishing and sailing. For a fun day trip the whole family will enjoy, visit the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground Kids.
A day at the museum
Learn all about Hamilton's origins at the Hamilton Pastoral Museum and visit the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum to see the legacy of Ansett Airlines and that of its founder.
Things to do
Journey to the far south-west corner of Victoria and taste varieties from the Henty wine region such as riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay.