Head out west to Hamilton, on the lands of the Eastern Maar and Gunditjmara peoples, 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 great lakes

Hamilton is within close distance to the Great Ocean Road, Coonawarra and the Grampians (Gariwerd) 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, waterskiing and sailing. Follow it up with lunch on the grassy banks and then keep the whole family smiling with a visit to the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground Kids.

A day at the museum

Immerse yourself in the vast range of international and Australian decorative art at Hamilton Gallery and learn all about all about the town's agricultural history at the Hamilton Pastoral Museum.

Touchdown at the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum to see the legacy of Ansett Airlines and that of its founder.

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