Dunkeld is an important cross roads town that is also the southern gateway to the Grampians. Dunkeld will be encounted also when traveling the Ballarat to Hamilton route. Dunkeld is a resort town an also a very picturesque locality, that has a nice blend of the old and the new. Dunkeld, in the shadow of The Grampians is the sort of place the traveller would feel, that is a stay awhile location.

The first pastoralists took up properties here in the late 1830s, and there was a decade of sometimes violent clashes with the Chapwurring. A small European township developed which was initially known as Mount Sturgeon, the hill behind the town. A Post Office of that name opened on 1 July 1852 (Dunkeld from 1 January 1854); but, as the early settlers were predominantly Scottish, it was renamed Dunkeld after a Scottish town which was the principal locality of the Caledonian picts in Roman times.

In January 1944 fires destroyed one-third of Dunkeld's houses and only the Royal Mail Hotel remained from the five original establishments. Today it contains an up-market restaurant and accommodation. There is also a variety of business and essential services that support the town.

The Dunkeld Churches are all over 100 years old. The Catholic the classic and traditional building. The Anglican has a bad add-on and the United likewise traditional.

The Dunkeld Museum is a worthy and formidable offer and well worth the visit.

The Dunkeld War Memorial has very good profile and is a worthy acknowledgement. Take a few minutes to view.

Dunkeld is more than a drive through location and an overnight is recommended.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course