January 28, 2022


Simply The Best Food

Residence to one particular of Australia’s greatest dining places, this resort is an suitable region remain

THE Location

The Royal Mail, Dunkeld, Victoria

THE Area

The Royal Mail stands on the principal street of Dunkeld, a little city in western Victoria at the southern foot of the Grampians mountain range (acknowledged as Gariwerd to the neighborhood Indigenous persons). This will make for impressive sights, as very well as creating it a easy base to take a look at shops and cafes inside of the township. The hotel is also a handy starting up issue for hikes or drives into the national park.

THE Room

Having began as a 19th century pub, the hotel is an appealing mix of architecture: the bar conclusion of its key creating is contained within just the unique stone partitions, when the restaurant end sits in just a fashionable construction. The lodge rooms are in separate blocks, surrounded by stands of indigenous vegetation. The very long-time period prepare is to relocate guest parking to just one facet of this region, so the house between structures can be a continuous backyard. In the center is a compact swimming pool.

THE Home

My lately renovated New Deluxe Mountain View room is an exquisite, ethereal area with light grey carpet, off-white partitions and an attractive headboard produced from community timber at the rear of the king-dimension mattress. This carpentry extends to the open up wardrobe and bar fridge region, which is concealed behind a picket monitor. The wardrobe consists of a backpack for guests to use, containing maps and binoculars. It is really a considerate touch, as is the welcome tray of substances for earning gin and tonic (you will find a mint plant on the balcony from which to pluck a garnish).

The toilet is sizeable with olive-brown tiles, wooden finishes, and a rain shower head within just an open-sided cubicle. Toiletries are from Biology, and are commendably dispensed from big refillable containers.

The crowning glory is the balcony, a timber deck with relaxed small chairs and a perspective of Mount Sturgeon, the southernmost of the Grampians. With birdsong in the history, it is really a high-quality position to sit and unwind.

THE Foodstuff

A decade ago, head chef Dan Hunter propelled the Royal Mail into the ranks of the nation’s prime restaurants, and his successor, Robin Wickens, has not rested on those people laurels. The resort now has two exceptional restaurants.

Parker Road Challenge in just the most important building is open for all meals and has understated decor with timber tones. Diners’ eyes are drawn toward a perspective of the Grampians, over an beautiful courtyard with outside seating. Attention-grabbing dishes on the menu include things like blue eye with tartare sauce and roasted cauliflower, and pickled greens with nasturtium cream and sumac.

The future night we delight in an eight-program degustation dinner ($220 for each person) at Wickens, which turns out to be more like 13 programs with added amuse-bouches and palate cleansers. It can be amazing foodstuff, with highlights this night including wooden-grilled John Dory with carrot, hyssop and borage leaves and a meadowsweet mousse with strawberry juice and native mint.


There are many walking routes into the Grampians, and an less difficult area wander to an arboretum. The resort also delivers a wine tutorial with its sommelier in its cavernous wine cellar. The township is worthy of a stroll, with a reward shop, an artwork gallery, and an antiquarian bookshop together with everyday eating selections. A short while ago mounted heritage signage adds curiosity.


The Royal Mail is an ideal country stay, at which fine eating and peace can be neatly blended with the grandeur of nature.


Eating excellent food with a see of the mountains.


The deficiency of a desk in the room can lead to surfaces turning out to be cluttered.


Rooms at The Royal Mail from $225 a evening (from $470 for a New Deluxe Mountain Watch home). 98 Parker St, Dunkeld, Victoria. See www.royalmail.com.au  

Tim Richards stayed as a visitor of The Royal Mail.