ROYAL MAIL HOTEL
Our property contains a range of accommodation and two restaurants – Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, and our casual diner, Parker Street Project. These restaurants are supported by an internationally recognised wine cellar, relaxing Wine Bar, landscaped gardens full of native plants, billabong inspired swimming pool, corporate and leisure event facilities. Our Reception area houses a retail outlet featuring products connected with the hotel.
Our Mount Sturgeon farm property of 25,000 acres and is just three kilometres away. The Mount Sturgeon property is the base for our conservation team who look after an endangered native animal species program there.
You are invited to enjoy experiences provided by the hotel where you will get behind the scenes and meet our chefs, kitchen gardeners, sommeliers and conservation team members.
A network of walking tracks on our property link with those in the nearby Grampians National Park and around the town.
Royal Mail Hotel is 100% owned by an Australian family based company and all management is based here on site.
The population of Dunkeld is 678, our company employs around 80 locally based staff.
HISTORY OF THE ROYAL MAIL HOTEL
The Royal Mail Hotel first opened in 1855. The establishment remained the quintessential Australian country pub, where locals gathered and the Cobb & Co coaches dropped off the mail after its journey from England to the colonial outpost.
Surviving a bushfire in 1944, which ruined the four other hotels in Dunkeld, along with much of the town’s infrastructure, the Royal Mail Hotel has remained continuously licensed until this day.
In 1997, a local family purchased the business and undertook a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the property, integrating original parts of the hotel with new buildings. The architectural design brief was to be sympathetic with, and highlight, the beautiful local environment.
Continual improvements and expansions to the hotel have ensured it is a leading Victorian food and wine destination, immersed in the natural surrounds.
STORY BEHIND THE LOGO
The heritage of the Royal Mail Hotel is expressed in our branding by the use of a gothic lettering typeface replicated from a postage stamp dating back to the 1800’s.
The four furrows lines of the logo represent the furrows of the kitchen garden, the rows of a vineyard, the rugged terrain and unique golden sunlight of the Grampians. There are four, representing the four pillars of the Royal Mail experience:
Food – Our kitchen garden, productive farms, innovative cooking, delicious menus
Wine – An award-winning wine collection covering local heroes, iconic Australian
and famous international labels
People – Passionate, dedicated team and the guests we welcome
Place – Impressive landscape, immersed in nature, local community
2017 – Australian Tourism Awards – Gold – Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services
Royal Mail Hotel proudly won gold at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards, recognising excellence in our food and wine tourism experience. The awards acknowledge outstanding customer service, marketing innovation and ongoing business excellence at a national level.
2016 & 2017 – Victorian Tourism Awards – Gold – Deluxe Accommodation and Tourism Restaurants
WINE CELLAR AWARDS
2015 – Fine Wine magazine (UK) – Best Hotel Wine List, worldwide
2015 – Fine Wine magazine (UK) – Best Dessert and Fortified Wine List, Australiasia
2014, 2015 & 2016 – Wine Spectator (USA) – Grand Award – Restaurant Wine List Awards