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Be inspired like many early Australian painters by picturesque Dunkeld and the imposing mounts Sturgeon and Abrupt, at the southern entrance to the Grampians. Take long walks through one of Australia's finest national parks and spot wildlife and flora. Dunkeld was settled after Major Thomas Mitchell issued glowing reports of the region following his 1836 visit. Nostalgic settlers named it after a Scottish town and early impressions can be found in paintings distributed throughout regional Victorian galleries. Follow one of the walking tracks to Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt to take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside or take the Picaninny Walk for a brisk workout and alternative views of Mount Abrupt. For even more mountain views and award-winning food to boot, book a table at the Dunkeld Royal Mail Hotel. For more top quality food, stop off at the sheep dairy along the Glenelg Highway near Glenthompson and sample some of the delicious sheep milk yoghurts and cheeses. Head further into the Grampians National Park with a scenic drive along the Victoria Valley Road through the untouched southern section of the Park. Look out for emus, kangaroos and spring wildflowers. Dunkeld is 253 kilometres west of Melbourne. Travel by car via the Glenelg Highway. Daily rail and coach services are available from Melbourne.


Dunkeld: Events

Dunkeld and Peaks Pilgrim Walk

The Dunkeld and Peaks Pilgrim Walk is a guided three day, 45 kilomemtre easy-to-moderate walk.

Walk through amazing vistas, see flora and fauna. Take the opportunity to connect with like sojourners. Connect with the earth, your own journey in life.

There is opportunity for periods of silence and conversation, as well as evening hospitality over delicious meals. A journal book provided, also lunch and water to carry. Four nights accommodation, transport, meals plus an information booklet are all part of the package.

This walk has been carefully prepared for safety and comfort and is open to all ages. Participants need to be able to walk approximately 15 kilometres a day.

Funds raised after cost go to Sanctuary Australia, Eco Lodges wildlife care, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program within the Dunkeld consolidated school.

Event Dates
      9th Mar
      10th Mar
      11th Mar
      12th Mar

77 Armitage Street
Dunkeld, VIC, 3294

Located 0.8K from Dunkeld


Traditionally, Laternenfest, or Festival of Lanterns, takes place on the last Friday of November. German communities celebrate Laternenfest in honour of St. Martin who was known for his generosity of spirit.

He brought light into poor people's lives, and this is symbolized by the lights of the closing lantern parade. Held in the grounds of Tarrington's St Michaels Lutheran Church, the event features tours of the towns famous church building, stein holding competition, food, wine, lantern-making, craft stalls, children's maypole dance and more.

A haybale art competition is one of the growing and best-loved features of Laternenfest, with 'artwork' on display on the streets of Tarrington from mid October till the end of the year. This year a Primary schools Hay Bale Art competition will be added, for schools in Penshurst and Hamilton.

Located 23.8K from Dunkeld

Penshurst Boxing Day Races

The Penshurst and District Race Club has a long history celebrating 150 years. This year the club has maintained its traditional Boxing Day race meeting, with a seven race card featuring the Penshurst Cup.

You will enjoy great country hospitality including a public bar, a members bar, great membership package, a coffee van, a variety of food on offer.

Event Dates
      26th Dec

Located 23.9K from Dunkeld

Dunkeld: Travel Tips

Dunkeld and Grampians Visitor Information Centre

At the foot of Mount Sturgeon, the southern tip of the Grampians and the Great Dividing Range you will find the booming little town of Dunkeld and the Dunkeld and Grampians Visitor Information Centre.

Dunkeld was named after a town in the Scottish Grampians and has enjoyed a stellar revival in the last 15 years.

You will find an Arboretum at the end of a pleasant walk along the small creek through town or for the more vigorous visitor, a hike up Mount Sturgeon, Mount Abrupt or the Piccaninny will provide great views of the entire Southern Grampians Range.

Dunkeld has a fascinating history documented at the Dunkeld Museum, a must visit to anyone coming to Dunkeld.

Dunkeld is quite simply spoilt with accommodation options. From the community Caravan Park to the ultra-modern eco-Lodges, traditional Bed and Breakfast to log cabins. It is no wonder more people are choosing to stay in Dunkeld as a base for a Grampians adventure.

Activities nearby include arts and crafts, birdwatching, bush walking, dining, historic sites, museums, native animal spotting, open gardens, photography, scenic drives, wine tasting, events and festivals.

Parker Street
Dunkeld, VIC, 3294

Located 0.2K from Dunkeld

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