Hamilton: A Historic Beauty
Hamilton is a heritage-rich town in the stunning Grampians region of Victoria.
With its enviable location close to sparkling lakes, undulating hills and fertile forest, Hamilton makes an ideal base from which to explore both the history and the spectacular natural scenery of the region.
Hamilton is a former wool-growing centre. While gold was the catalyst for the growth of many surrounding towns, sheep were integral to Hamilton’s flourishing status. Take a meander through town to discover many of the majestic homes, public buildings and churches built in the 1800s. Explore the history of the wool industry by spending some time at the fascinating Hamilton Pastoral Museum.
The Hamilton Art Gallery has one of the finest collections of decorative arts in Australia. Highlights include the Shaw Bequest. Among its 800 stunning items discover English and European silver, glass, porcelain and oriental ceramics. Also in town, the Ansett Transport Museum documents the creation and history of Sir Reginald Ansett’s former international airline. Consider a visit to the town’s lovely botanic gardens. Surrounding a tranquil lake, the 19th century-style gardens feature sweeping lawns, vibrant flowerbeds, a footbridge and pagoda.
Hamilton is well stocked with shops, restaurants and accommodation catering to all budgets. Select from cottages, caravan parks, motels and motor inns.
There are two flowing waterfalls close to Hamilton. Nigretta Falls is a small waterfall set in beautiful green surrounds. It’s an ideal place for a picnic lunch and a swim in the cool, secluded pools that gather at the base of the waterfall. Close to Nigretta is Wannon Falls. This striking waterfall features a thirty metre cascade that gushes over a sheer, basalt precipice. Both waterfalls feature scenic walking paths through leafy bush settings, and there are barbeque and other facilities available.
Lying to the south of Hamilton is Mount Napier, situated in Mount Napier National Park. This now dormant volcano presents a striking site, shaped as a traditional volcanic cone. A walking track guides you through lush Blackwood forest to the summit, from which there are spectacular long-reaching views of the Grampians, extending to the sea. Also in the park are the Byaduk Caves, a striking set of lava caves that stretch for 24 km. One kilometre is open to the public and you can discover stalactites, stalagmites and columns.
Hamilton makes a great base from which to explore the Grampians region, or even as a stopover en route to Grampians National Park. With history, walks and national parks to explore, there will certainly be plenty to keep you busy, so get ready now for a wonderful Hamilton adventure.