On the southern end of the Grampians National Park in Victoria, in the foothills of the majestic Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt, is humble Dunkeld. On the southern end of the Grampians National Park in Victoria, in the foothills of the majestic Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt, is humble Dunkeld – a town that has become an essential gastronomic pilgrimage stop for foodies everywhere, thanks to the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel. The modern menu created by head chef Dan Hunter and the large wine cellar, coupled with amazing views of t“he Grampians, all serve to make the Royal Mail one of the most popular destinations in the region.
Worth an hour’s drive in itself to visit the Royal Mail. But as a stop-off to the volcanic Grampians range, it’s unbeatable.” – Justin Wastnage
Fruit and veggies are grown in the Hotel gardens and orchards, fish come fresh from the property’s dam and the rest is sourced from local farms and wineries to produce one of the most varied wine lists in Australia, with more than 1500 wines on offer. Just a short walk through town, past the shops and the museum and along a creek, is the Dunkeld Arboretum (left), a growing collection of trees from all around the world.
There are lots of bushwalks through the Grampian National Park or, for the less adventurous, a walk along the Royal Mail’s boardwalk past the creek where wallabies can be seen early each morning.
Where? // 253kms (3hrs) west of Melbourne.
Did you know? // Before Dan Hunter was head chef at the Royal Mail, he was head chef at Mugaritz, a Michelin two star eatery in Spain, which ranked fourth in UK Restaurant magazine’s Top 50 in ’08.
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