About Hamilton

Hamilton is situated in the south west of Victoria in the centre of the beautiful Western District and is known as the ‘Wool Capital of the World’ with the highest density of sheep in the state. The city features many elegant residences and public buildings, which alongside recreational reserves, parks, a traditionally designed Botanic Gardens and an attractive tree-lined central shopping precinct, give Hamilton its unique identity.

Hamilton has numerous sport and recreation activities and various major events throughout the year. Year round attractions include the Hamilton Art Gallery, which is known as one of the finest provincial galleries in Australia, the Performing Arts Centre, which boasts a first class program of arts and entertainment, and the attractive landscaped manmade Lake Hamilton, which is used for swimming, sailing, yachting, rowing and features an excellent walking/bike track. Hamilton is also an excellent base to explore the Grampians mountain range and Victoria’s Volcanic Trail.


Safeway, Coles and IGA are the 3 main supermarket chains in Hamilton. Please note that the opening hours are typically more restricted than those in the city, and in most towns the typical opening hours are from 7am-10pm daily.

Useful Information

There are 4 major banks including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Bendigo Bank, St George and Westpac. Bank hours are typically 9.00am-4.00pm Monday to Friday, although ATMs allow 24/7 access to funds.

The Glenelg Regional Library is located in Hamilton and is open Monday-Thursday from 10am-5pm, 10am-7pm on a Friday and from 9am-Midday on a Saturday.

Internet Access
Internet access is available to students in Hamilton at the Glenelg Regional Library. Further details can be found under 'Libraries' on this page.

Post Offices
The Hamilton Post Shop is located at 57 Gray St and is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Travel Times

Hamilton is located 313 kilometres west of Melbourne and is accessible by both car and train.
The travel time is approximately 3½ hours by car from Melbourne to Hamilton. 
Hamilton is accessible from Melbourne by car, bus and train (Via Ballarat or Ararat).

If you are travelling from somewhere other than Melbourne, or would like further information on transport to Hamilton, visit VicLink.

Further Information

For more information on Hamilton and the surrounding areas here

or contact the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre:
Lonsdale Street
Hamilton, VIC 3300
Freecall Ph: 1800 807 056

Orientation Tours can be arranged for students whilst they are on placement, or for a Map of Hamilton visit Wilkins Tourist Maps. Select Victoria from the list of State Maps and then select ‘Hamilton’ from the list of Victorian Maps.