Easter is the perfect long weekend to experience some southern Grampians hospitality. Here's our top five Dunkeld Easter treats.
1. The Polo
Come and enjoy country polo at its finest, as Australia's oldest established Polo Club hosts a two-day event on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday (26 - 27 March). Hexham Polo Club is collaborating with Dunkeld Racing Club, Dunkeld Glenthompson Football Netball Club and the Royal Mail Hotel to stage the 2016 Dunkeld Polo. Bring a picnic BBQ - tickets are just $10 for both days, with children under 18 years free. Six two goal teams will play off over the two days for the Dunkeld Cup, and the All Pros, three a side, exhibition match will conclude the Sunday's play.
2. Old Dunkeld Cemetery walking tour
The Old Dunkeld Cemetery is a ten acre allotment set on an elevated granite outcrop that opened in 1854, but closed in 1904 when it became clear it was impossible to dig graves deeper than four feet. On Saturday (26 March) the Dunkeld Museum will present a fascinating tour of the Old Dunkeld Cemetery, and will reveal new facts lost long ago about people buried there. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes a country-style afternoon tea. For further details please phone 5577 2407 or 5573 3353. Tour commences at 1.30pm.
3. Serra Terror training
The crisp autumn weather is upon us, and Serra Terror teams have hit the hills in earnest in training for the June long weekend endurance hiking event. Why not join them on the trails over Easter to work off some of those chocolate Easter eggs. Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt offer a challenging 6km hike, both with incredible views, while Mount Picaninny offers a more petite 2.4km return hike just five minutes from town.
4. Hot cross buns
Easter weekend wouldn't be the same without warm butter melting across a freshly toasted hot cross bun. The handmade hot cross buns available at the Old Dunkeld Bakery are made with a traditional recipe that uses currants instead of sultanas, with just the right mix of spice.
5. The Parker Street Project
The Royal Mail Hotel has just opened its new dining space, the Parker Street Project (formerly Public Bar) with a menu that better reflects the kitchen garden and Mt Sturgeon farms along with other locally sourced produce. Relish in the change of season with a hearty beef & kidney pie along side a glass of red in front of the fire.