Hamilton is a provincial town with its heart set firmly on nature, historic architecture, local art and fine dining. Along with being a gateway to Grampians National Park, Hamilton is renowned for its wool industry, fascinating museums and botanical gardens.
Things to do in Hamilton
Discover natural beauty and tranquillity at Hamilton Botanical Gardens, a brilliant expanse of native flowers and trees established in 1870. Wander through the landscaped grounds while keeping an eye out for peacocks and other native birds. You’ll also find a children’s playground, picnic areas and romantic bridge crossings. It’s a few minutes from the waterfront Apex Park, a peaceful area that is perfect for a casual lunch.
Tap into Hamilton’s dining scene by browsing the restaurants and cafes around Thompson and Gray streets. You can find authentic Thai dishes at Thai Town or delicious Indian cuisine at Hamilton Curry Bowl. Get your seafood fix at Panama Fish Shop or enjoy cold beer and hearty Australian favourites, such as chicken parmigiana, at Grand Central Hotel.
Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s history by driving five minutes to the Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum. Here you can explore fascinating aviation history and artefacts, such as a Fokker Universal aircraft, a Boeing 727 wheel and flight attendant uniforms. Afterwards, check out Hamilton Gallery to admire over 8,000 works of art, from ceramics and Asian art to paintings, furniture and prints.
Keen on a day trip into Australia’s rugged nature? Drive about 30 minutes to Grampians National Park and witness a world of prominent mountain ridges, sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wallabies. Stop by the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn more about the local Aboriginal people and see the fascinating rock art.
Getting around Hamilton
Hamilton is about 3.5 hours’ drive Melbourne on the Hamilton Highway. You can easily walk around the centre of town, but will need a vehicle to explore further afield.