Discover Victoria’s Hidden Gems

  • Author Nikki Bruce for Inspiring Journeys
  • Date 2 Dec 2019
  • Countries Australia
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Famous for the world-class coastline of The Great Ocean Road and artistic laneways - Victoria certainly has plenty of ‘must do’s’ as a destination. Although, sometimes it’s nice to find places which are less-discovered, where the locals go, those special spots that you’ll tell your friends about.

From the healing waters of Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa where you can recline and relax on an underwater spa couch, to the historic town of Clunes and its beautifully preserved Victorian architecture; there are so many hidden gems to discover. Here are two of our favourites, experience which will have you inspired to discover more of regional Victoria

Royal Mail Hotel Garden

Image courtesy of The Royal Mail Hotel

Destination Dining at its Best -

Locally known for its award-winning dining, accommodation, wine cellar and beautifully landscaped gardens, The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld sets the scene for you to simply relax. You'll embark on a truly unique food experience joining the grounds gardener who will share their passion on a guided walk through Australia's largest restaurant kitchen garden.

Overseen by Chef Robin Wickens, expect a serving of freshly picked produce with a stunning backdrop of Grampians National Park. At this time of year, chef Robin and his team harvest only the freshest produce, including sorrel, celeriac, and rhubarb for their seasonal menu. Occasionally you may find some more obscure produce on your plate, such as salsify, whose leaves are reminiscent of oyster taste and woodruff, a sweet vanilla flavour which is infused into delicious desserts.

Royal Mail Hotel LR Emily Weaving May 2018 9068

Image courtesy of The Royal Mail Hotel

After dinner, you can explore the southern area of the Grampians National Park or stroll into the Dunkeld township. Dunkeld Arboretum, a short walking track loops around a picturesque lake and is locally known for its abundance of wildlife.

Chef Robin

Chef Robin - Image courtesy of The Royal Mail Hotel

 “From the garden to the kitchen, we love showcasing our organic and sustainable produce just how nature intended it to be. Inspiring Journeys guest are eager to learn more, sharing our passion for fresh seasonal food.” - Executive Chef Robin Wickens

 

The Six Seasons of Gariwerd

Brambruk Cultural Centre, Halls Gap - Welcome Ceremony

Brambruk Cultural Centre, Halls Gap - Welcome Ceremony

In the heart of Grampians National Park, connect to the land and understand the traditional six seasons recognised in the Gariwerd (Grampians).

As early summer starts, we move into the season of the butterfly or the ballambar, as the wildflower time of spring comes to an end. Distinctive by the weather cycle, each season is reflective is its environmental events, like nesting birds or honey bees. Be welcomed traditionally to Halls Gap, immersed in the rich and ancient culture of the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali, who have been intimately linked to the six-season cycle for thousands of years.

Experience all this and more on Victoria's Hidden Gems