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Two great bases to
Held from September 10-15,
this artistic festival offers a
range of workshops run by
local and national art tutors.
The workshops range from
watercolours, coloured pencils,
drawing, print making, life
drawing and charcoal work.
Workshops are offered from
9.30am to 4pm.
ART ON SHOW: Located
at Halls Gap, MOCO Gallery
gives visitors a chance to get
up close to work by Grampi-
ans region artists. It regularly
hosts special exhibitions and
is located in the same complex
as the region's award-winning
ONE of Victoria's most
famous tourist attractions,
the Grampians, is renowned
for its amazing views,
great camping grounds and
LOCATED at the southern tip of the
Grampians National Park, Dunkeld
is the perfect place for a rural
The surrounding landscape is
dominated by Mount Abrupt (827
metres) and Mount Sturgeon (548 me-
tres), both named by Major Thomas
Mitchell, the first known European in
the area. Follow one of the walking
tracks to Mount Sturgeon and Mount
Abrupt to take in panoramic views of
the surrounding countryside.
Alternatively, you can enjoy a
drive along the Victoria Valley Road
through the untouched southern
section of the Grampians National
Park. Learn about local heritage on
the historic town walk and at the
Dunkeld Historical Museum, which
can be found in an old bluestone
church on Templeton Street. It is
open on Sundays and public holidays
from 1pm to 5pm.
The setting has drawn a number
of artists over the years, including
Louis Buvelot, Eugene von Guerard
and Nicholas Chevalier, who all
created paintings of the district.
Dunkeld draws big crowds to its
picnic race meeting each November.
The small town is also famous for
the Royal Mail Hotel, which offers
visitors an experience as spectacular
as its extraordinary backdrop.
Apart from the award-winning
restaurant and wine cellar, it offers
accommodation, conference fa-
cilities and the historic Mt Sturgeon
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