The boutique Royal Mail Hotel is located in the village of Dunkeld (population 480) in the southern Grampians region of western Victoria. Our property contains accommodation, two restaurants - Wickens at Royal Mail, and our casual diner - Parker Street Project - supported by an internationally recognised wine cellar, wine bar, landscaped gardens full of native plants, billabong inspired swimming pool, small corporate and leisure event facilities. A sister property – the 25,000 acre ‘Mount Sturgeon’ is just three kilometres away. Here, guests relax in one of eight cosy bluestone cottages, or play Lord and Lady of the Manor in the stately Mount Sturgeon Homestead which sleeps 10. The Mount Sturgeon property is the base for our conservation team who look after an endangered native animal species program there.
It all began in 1855 when the Royal Mail Hotel was first opened. The establishment remained the quintessential Aussie 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 that ruined the four other hotels in Dunkeld along with much of the villages built infrastructure, the Royal Mail Hotel has remained continuously licensed until this day.
It was in 1997 when 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.
Visiting guests enjoy experiences provided by the hotel where they get to meet our chefs, kitchen gardeners, and conservation team members. They spend time exploring the bordering majestic Grampians National Park and the quaint village of Dunkeld. The property is well positioned for visitors to take day trips exploring the coastal towns at the end of the Great Ocean Road, the historic wineries of Great Western or the arts and culture of nearby Hamilton.