Dunkeld is a beautiful village at the southern end of the Grampians close to Mt Sturgeon (548 m) and Mt Abrupt(827 m). Both mountains were named by Major Mitchell who was the first known European to visit this area. The original township was as known as Mt Sturgeon but, it was later renamed Dunkeld after a Scottish town by its predominantly Scottish settlers.
There are many things to do in Dunkeld including hiking to Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt, enjoy a round of golf, bird watching, 4wd driving and wine tasting.
Events and Festivals in Dunkeld
- Grampians Golf Tournament – August
- Open gardens – September – April
- Dunkeld Picnic Races – November
- Dunkeld Festival - December
Places to visit
Featuring more than 700 trees the Arboretum was a community project based on the old Water Reserve.
Dunkeld Historical Museum
The museum is located in an old bluestone church (1865) in Templeton St. Exhibits include a tree stump engraved by Major Mitchell during his Australia Felix expedition and material from the area's aborigines, histories of local wool stations and information about the 1944 bushfires.
Grampians National Park
It was declared a National Park in 1984 and it is one of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations. The Grampians National Park is known for its spectacular rocky views, rich Aboriginal culture and stunning spring wildflower displays. The park covers 168,000 hectare National park is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. Activities include bush walking, picnicking, rock-climbing, bike riding and fishing.
Mt Abrupt is 8 km north of Dunkeld. There is a steep and difficult walking track to the summit of Mt Abrupt. The 6km return track passes through thick forest then continues up to a rocky ridge north of Mt Abrupt and then onwards to a final steep ascent to the summit which offers visitors fabulous views of the area.
Located 3 km north Dunkeld, you will find Mt Sturgeon. There are walking tracks which wind through forests of brown stringybarks and grass trees then on through tall heathland and on up to the summit where you will find spectacular views.
Dunkeld is 253 kms west of Melbourne and is accessed via the Glenelg Highway.
Daily coach services are available from Melbourne.
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