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Based in the Ansett company's
first aircraft hanger in Ham-
ilton, the Sir Reginald Ansett
Transport Museum traces the
history of the once-great airline
empire. A centrepiece of the
museum is a Fokker Universal
aircraft, similar to the one used
in the first Ansett flight in 1936.
PLANT YOURSELF: The Pe-
ter Francis Points Arboretum
is a must-see attraction in Col-
eraine. The 30-hectare site was
transformed from a tip 40 years
ago and is now home to more
than 500 species of eucalypt. It
is Australia's official eucalypt
collection and an ideal attrac-
tion for green thumbs and tree
Get on top of the
HISTORY, geography, chocolate
and wine --- this gorgeous area
between the Grampians and the
coast has something for everyone.
Take a tour through some of
Australia's dormant volcanos, enjoy
a hike through spectacular mountain
country or spend a leisurely afternoon
in a quiet country vineyard and you'll
soon understand what keeps people
coming back to this region.
HAMILTON, 290 kilometres west of
Melbourne, is within easy reach of the
Grampians, Great Ocean Road and
For those new to the city, the visitor
information centre on Lonsdale Street
is the perfect place to start for a guide
to short tours of heritage buildings
and sites in the area.
Visitors should also spend a
leisurely hour at the acclaimed
Hamilton Art Gallery and enjoy
diverse exhibitions on sculpture,
porcelain and glass, oriental ceramics,
furniture, paintings and prints from
the permanent collection.
Highlights include works by
Thomas Clark, Frederick Woodhouse,
Frederick McCubbin and Arthur
Streeton. There is also an extensive
collection of Indian and Nepalese
artefacts and Chinese ceramics.
Hamilton was the base from which
Sir Reginald Ansett launched Ansett
Airlines in 1937.
The Sir Reginald Ansett Transport
Museum on Lake Hamilton's shore is
open daily from 10am to 4pm.
Also in Hamilton are The Big
Inside the bales is a restaurant,
museum and retail outlets offering a
full range of shearing supplies and
equipment, as well as wool-based
AFTER leaving Hamilton, there is
plenty for visitors to do en route to
Coleraine, with a local winery as well
as the famous Wannon and Nigretta
falls: all great spots to enjoy along the
The entrance to Coleraine features
a monument to Adam Lindsay Gordon,
who raced horses and wrote the poem
The Fields of Coleraine.
There's always plenty to do in town,
with a skate park, children's park,
chocolate factory, hotels, cafes and a
Whether you're heading to South
Australia or exploring western
Victoria, you'll find Coleraine is one of
the region's best-kept secrets.
Located 35 kilometres west of
Hamilton, Coleraine is in a pretty
valley on the banks of Bryan Creek.
Its historic railway station houses
VOLCANOES DISCOVERY CENTRE
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