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 approximately 670, 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
The Royal Mail Hotel has been awarded scores of esteemed accolades including; Two Chef’s Hats by the The Age Good Food Guide consecutively from 2015 to 2020. Delicious 100 2019 listed Wickens at Royal Mail in the top 10, plus Best Wine List.
Wine Spectator USA has awarded its highest accolade, the Grand Award, to the Royal Mail Hotel from 2012 to 2020.
The Hotel was also added to the Hall of Fame for both Wine List of the Year and Country Restaurant List at the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards by Gourmet Wine.
On 12 July 2016, the UK’s Fine Wine awarded the Royal Mail the top ranking of three stars. Furthermore, the Royal Mail Hotel was charged with a Jury Prize, an award which saw the hotel selected by the judges as having one of the top 50 wine lists in the world.
In 2018, the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards entered the hotel into Victoria’s Best Deluxe Accommodation Hall of Fame. In 2017, QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards named the Royal Mail Hotel winner of Tourism Restaurants, recognising national excellence in food and wine tourism.