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Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) is a mud brick function centre, consisting of main function hall, meeting rooms with attached kitchens, as well as having art studios with an art room and separate ceramics studio.

HIRL is the gateway to the eastern barred bandicoot and native grasslands/bush enclosure.

Stroll through the beautiful grounds, past the children's native play garden, look at the red gum bandicoot carvings and stroll past the indigenous food garden on your way through they beautiful native bush land to the the bandicoot enclosure. Stroll around the reservoir, taking in the 12 informative signs displaying magnificent paintings of local native fauna and flora.

Bring a picnic and stop over at the bandicoot site, situated in the magnificent gardens.

A beautiful place for a wedding, the main hall with inlaid bandicoots and rustic features is ideal, and the paved courtyard and gardens lends themselves for a perfect wedding venue.

HIRL is the home of Hamilton's monthly farmers' and craft market on the last Saturday of each month. Please visit the website for more information.

HIRL also has a Creative Arts Cente where people meet every Wednesday evening to enjoy the social atmosphere and do their own art

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  • Car park
  • Picnic area
Opening hours:

Open at all times


  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf