About Hamilton

Hemilton WestHamilton is situated in central, western Victoria and is known as the ‘Wool Capital of the World’ as it has the highest density of sheep in Victoria. The city features many elegant residences and public buildings which alongside recreational reserves and parks, including a traditionally-designed botanic gardens, give Hamilton its unique identity. The Hamilton Botanical Gardens contain a wide variety of plants, including several classified by the National Trust, a native animal enclosure and a bird aviary. It's a great spot for a stroll or picnic.

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The GGT UDRH provides students with the opportunity to participate in orientation tours in a number of towns within the Greater Green Triangle region. These tours are free and are undertaken by local councils and health organisations.

Orientation tours help students familiarise themselves with a town's layout and the availability and location of facilities and services, such as supermarkets, ATM's and banks, post offices, sporting and recreational facilities, cinemas and the like. They also give students some insight into the local community and a chance to ask any questions they might have about the region or their town of placement.

Health Services

Western District Health Service (WDHS) is a sub-regional referral centre for primarily the Southern Grampians/Glenelg Shires and provides a comprehensive range of acute, aged and primary health services to a catchment population of around 37,000.

Hamilton Base Hospital
20 Foster Street
Hamilton, Victoria 3300
Phone: (03) 5551 8222

Department of Health Victoria  Gateway to a range of health information for the community and health professionals, including links to the Better Health Channel, publications, food safety alerts, public hospitals and health services statistics, aged care resources, career information and employment opportunities.

Great South Coast Medicare Local Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) is a new, national government funded not-for-profit company which has been established to spearhead an organised system for primary health care across the country through a network of 61 primary health care organisations called Medicare Locals (MLs). AML Alliance and MLs have been established as part of the National Health Reform and, together with Local Hospital Networks, form a critical part of a new arrangement for locally governing health.

Search for a hospital in Victoria  'MyHospitals' is an Australian Government initiative making it easier for people to access information about hospitals, including details on performance, admissions, accreditation and the types of services provided by each hospital.

Victoria's Mental Health Services  Victorian Government website showcasing a range of information on the state's public mental health services, including preventative programs, assessment and treatment options. The information is designed for mental health professionals and for community members, and includes links to related sites and useful resources, publications, and career information and opportunities.


Safeway, Coles, Aldi and IGA are the four main supermarket chains in Hamilton. Please note that the opening hours are typically more restricted than those in the city. You will also find a wide range of other retail and speciality shops.


There are a variety of restaurants, hotels, cafes, bistros, and bakeries in Hamilton and the surrounding area.

Sport, Recreation and Tourism

Lake Hamilton, an attractive landscaped man-made lake, is used for swimming, sailing, yachting, rowing and features an excellent walking/bike track around the edge (approximately 4km). Hamilton also has many sporting clubs including cricket, football, cycling, dancing, drag racing, speedway, karate and soccer clubs. You can swim at the Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre (HILAC), use the gym, or play table tennis, basketball or squash.

Hamilton has numerous sport and recreation activities and hosts a number of major events throughout the year, including Sheepvention. Year-round attractions include the Hamilton Art Gallery - known as one of the finest provincial galleries in Australia and boasting a a rich and diverse collection of paintings and decorative arts and the Performing Arts Centre.  Hamilton is also an excellent base from which to explore the Grampians National Park and Victoria’s Volcanic Trail.

The Sir Reginald Ansett Transport Museum is dedicated to the history of Sir Reginald Ansett's contribution to the Australian transport industry.

For more information contact the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre:
Lonsdale Street
Hamilton, Victoria 3300
Ph: (03) 5572 3746. Freecall: 1800 807 056
Email: hvic@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au


There are six major banks in Hamilton - the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ), Bendigo Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), National Australia Bank (NAB), St George Bank and Westpac. Bank hours are typically 9.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, although ATMs allow 24/7 access to funds. 

Library and Internet Access

The Glenelg Regional Library offers internet access for students and is open from 10.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday; 10.00am - 7.00pm Friday and from 9.00am - 12.00pm Saturday.

Students who have registered with the GGT UDRH can also access the internet through our 24/7 Student Learning Centre.

Eduroam wifi access is available at the Student Learning Centre, Hamilton Base Hospital, GP Clinic and Frances Hewett Community Centre.

Post Offices, Fuel and Other Services

The Hamilton Post Shop is located at 57 Gray Street and is open from 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Hamilton has a number of places of worship. Worship times and details can be found in the Saturday edition of the local paper, the 'Hamilton Spectator'. A list of places of worship can also be obtained from the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (see 'Further Information' below).

Local Transport

Hamilton has a local town bus service. Concession fares are available to students (student identification must be provided). Local bus services do not operate on Sundays, Public Holidays or Christmas Day. For further information phone Trotters Coaches on (03) 5571 1682.

Travel Times

Hamilton is located 313 kilometres west of Melbourne and is accessible by both car and train. The travel time by car is approximately three and a half hours. If you are travelling from a destination other than Melbourne, or would like further information on transport to Hamilton, visit VicLink.

Further Information

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For additional information on shopping and dining a Business Directory is also available at sthgrampians.vic.gov.au. Select 'Business and Community Directories' from the menu at the top of the page.

Contact the Hamilton Visitor Information Centre:
Lonsdale Street
Hamilton, Victoria 3300
Ph: (03) 5572 3746. Freecall: 1800 807 056
Email: hvic@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au

For a Map of Hamilton visit Wilkins Tourist Maps. Select 'Towns' from the top menu, type 'Hamilton' in the search box and then select ‘Hamilton - VIC' from the list.