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Hamilton Holidays Overview
Hamilton is a substantial rural centre located 291 kilometres west of Melbourne in the Victoria’s south west. Featuring attractive tree lined streets, Hamilton boasts a couple of extraordinary Churches that are found at ‘Church Hill’. Calling itself the ‘Wool Capital of the World’ gives and indication of the regions main production.
Exploration of the region occurred as early as 1836 with the Henty brothers moving their livestock inland in 1837. By 1838-1839, more settlers were arriving and in 1839 the government surveyor recommended the township for development. The original indigenous inhabitants of the Hamilton region were the Gunditjmara people in the south, Tjapwurong people in the north and the Bunganditj people to the west.
This rural region sits on a volcanic basalt plain with a broad and deep valley formed by Grange Burn. An enchanting area worth a visit just for the scenery, the Wanon River winds it way through the region emptying into Lake Hamilton.
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The annual Sheepvention held in August is always a crowd pleaser. The diversity and history of sheep breeding in Australia is showcased in Hamilton. There are displays and competitions of shearing, wool handling culminating with an Interstate Team Challenge event. There is excitement aplenty. Enjoy the Sheep Show, Ram Sale and the individual stud trade displays. A splash of culture, the Wool Fashion Parade is always an eagerly anticipated event. Take a look at the Sheep and Wool Handling Inventions Show and see the innovative creations with over 500 exhibitors.
A cultural festival of fine music, the Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music is held each April. Celebrating the many forms of music, the festival is held in many of the historic churches and other unique venues throughout Hamilton. Explore the variety of musical forms including early and contemporary, instrumental and choral performed by local and professional artists. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, history and architectural heritage of Hamilton.
From culture to the thrill of the track, join the local community at the Hamilton Cup Carnival. Two days of exciting country racing will get the blood pumping. This thoroughbred racing meeting is held in April each year. The fashions of the field are the chance to show off your creativity. Enjoy the great food, wine and entertainment. Put the Hamilton Cup Carnival on your itinerary when you visit Hamilton.
holidays - How to Get There
Sharp Airlines provides daily flights between Hamilton and Melbourne, both Essendon Airport & Avalon Airport.