On the Glenelg Highway in south-western Victoria about 50km north-east of Hamilton, Dunkeld is the gateway to the Grampians National Park, an area of stunning mountain terrain, and one of Victoria’s largest national parks to the north of the town.
Nature has been working on the Grampians scenery for more than 400 million years and the canvas is absolutely breathtaking in its splendour and grandeur.
Waterfalls cascade over rock shelves to tumble into a cloud of mist in the fern- and lichen-encrusted valley floors. Fed from above, the streams wander through red gums, sheoake and black wattes which shelter a rich lode of wildlife including koala, wallaby, kangaroo and emu.
From Dunkeld you can also head south into the picturesque Victoria Valley, where they grow some of the world’s finest wool.
Apart from the natural beauties which surround Dunkeld, the town also has an interesting museum, the main features of which are a collection reflecting the history of local Aboriginal tribes and an insight into the wanderings of the explorer Major Mitchell.