Greater Hamilton

Hamilton is a rural city on the rich agricultural plain – the Western District – between the Grampians and the coast.  The city’s prosperous wool growing heritage is reflected in its many grand buildings, majestic homesteads and fine landscaped gardens. Many treasures from the homesteads are now part of the rich and diverse collection of the Hamilton Art Gallery, one of Australia’s finest regional galleries.

Originally named Grange Burn, Hamilton’s settlement grew as a result of the Western District’s strong pastoral development. The squatters and their wool were of great economic and social importance to the growth of the town. The Grangeburn River loops around the southern edge of town, around its commercial heart and a number of gracious public buildings and homes. Lake Hamilton was created when the river was dammed at the spot where the earliest settlers camped. The town is surrounded by a vast and beautiful landscape of green rolling hills, ancient red gums, extinct volcanoes and impressive waterfalls. Ref:

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