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Overview

Hamilton

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.

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Parks & gardens

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for these gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870, making them one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia....

Museums

Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum

The Sir Reginald Ansett Transports Musems is dedicated to the transport and tourism pioneer Reg Ansett, who commenced his transport business in...

Art galleries

Hamilton Gallery

Exhibitions include silver, porcelain and glass from the 1700s onwards, oriental ceramics, watercolours, prints, and Australian oil paintings.

Lakes & waterways

Nigretta Falls

Take a short detour from the Glenelg Highway for swimming, fishing, picnics and barbecues at Nigretta Falls, a small waterfall fed by the Wannon River.

Local produce

Darriwill Farm

Pick up provisions for your picnic hamper, shop for foodie gifts, or take a seat and choose a gourmet treat from a menu featuring fresh local produce.

Food & wine

Henty wine region

Journey to the far south-west corner of Victoria and taste local favourites from the Henty wine region such as riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay.

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Lakes & waterways

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Spot the Guilfoyle-designed similarities between Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens and the elegant regional civic gardens of Hamilton and Horsham.