Approx 55kms from Melbourne take a slight detour off the highway to the township of Bacchus Marsh. Explore the fruit stalls that line the Avenue and stock up on the freshest stone fruits, berries, cherries sourced from local orchards and farms. Return to the Western Hwy
The grand historical architecture of the gold rush town of Ballarat is worth the detour off the Western Hwy. Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, Ballarat Art Gallery, MADE and Ballarat Botanical Gardens are great pit stops. Choose to continue on the Western Highway to Ararat for more opportunities for things to see and do on the way OR take the slightly shorter route via Glenelg Highway to Dunkeld.
Ararat is the only town in Australia to be founded by Chinese, who discovered gold in the 1850's. A visit to Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre delves into this fascinating past. The Ararat Art Gallery showcases one of Australia's major contemporary fibre and textile art collections.
If you are travelling via the Great Ocean Road, we recommend taking the time to visit Port Fairy. It’s a lovely historical fishing village with great cafe culture. Port Fairy is around 1 hour driving time from Dunkeld.
You've arrived in our wonderful town of Dunkeld! Time to sit back, and relax at the Royal Mail Hotel.
Not far from Dunkeld is the cultural centre of western Victoria – Hamilton. The noted Art Gallery and range of unique retail offerings is worth a stop.
On the border of South Australia and Victoria, this town is home to a wine region, famous for its ‘terra rossa’ soil and resulting cabernet sauvignon .
The Journey to Dunkeld
The journey to Dunkeld is full of things to see. Towns, historical landmarks and beautiful sights dot the road to the Royal Mail Hotel. Whether you're starting from Melbourne, or Adelaide, take a look at what you can expect to see.
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