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Southern Grampians Touring Route

Combine the spectacular scenery of the rugged Grampians mountain range with western Victoria's rich pastoral heritage on this inspiring touring route.

Back to nature

Begin your journey in Dunkeld. Take a wander through the tranquil Dunkeld Arboretum, see spring wildflowers in bloom, and revel in the excellent views of the Grampians' Piccaninny, Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt.

Volcanoes and botanic gardens

Stop off in historic Penshurst, home to quaint bluestone buildings, the Wetlands Garden and the Volcanoes Discovery Centre. Make your way up to the peak of extinct volcano, Mount Rouse, to view the landscape of the surrounding volcanic plains.

Hit the road again and head towards Hamilton. Discover the treasures of local homesteads at the renowned Hamilton Regional Art Gallery and while away an hour or two in the outstanding Hamilton Botanic Gardens.

Coleraine to Cavendish

View the spectacular Wannon and Nigretta Falls en route to Coleraine. Sample handmade chocolates at the local Glenelg Fine Confectionery and then take a wander along the paths of Australia's Official Eucalypt Collection at the Points Arboretum.

Press on to Cavendish and disembark for a stroll along the banks of the Wannon River on Settlers Walk. Finish your day with the most spectacular views of the Grampians as you pass through the Mirranatwa Gap.


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Southern Grampians Touring Route

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Lakes & waterways

Wannon Falls

Watch water cascade over a 30-metre vertical precipice of hardened basalt lava into a deep plunge pool at this waterfall fed by the Wannon River.

Art galleries

Hamilton Gallery

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


Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

Indulge in a five- or eight-course chef's tasting menu with sublime wines and views of the Southern Grampians at the Royal Mail's new restaurant.

Walking & hiking

Mount Abrupt (Mud-Dadjug) Walk

The walk to the rugged top of Mount Abrupt crosses rocky slabs surrounded by low sub-alpine vegetation to one of the park's finest lookouts.

Parks & gardens

Dunkeld Arboretum

Stroll the 2-kilometre walking track around the waterways amongst a collection of trees and shrubs. Take in expansive views of nearby mountains at...

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.

Parks & gardens

Peter Francis Points Arboretum

Home to the official Eucalyptus Collection of Australia, the Peter Francis Points Arboretum is a 370-hectare reserve boasting over 12,000 native...

Walking & hiking

Mt Sturgeon (Wurgarri) Walk

This walk to the summit of Mt Sturgeon offers panoramic views of Dunkeld and the surrounding ranges and volcanic plains.

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....


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