Royal Mail Hotel
- Style Gourmet-stamped pub
- Setting Southern Grampians panorama
For one of the finest meals you'll eat in Australia, with simple yet sophisticated rooms and majestic mountain views to match, head for the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, the southern gateway to the Grampians in Victoria.
Need to know
- Rooms 27.
- Rates Double rooms from $148.99 (AU$164), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include newspaper and continental breakfast (à la carte cooked breakfast also available at additional cost).
- Facilities Gardens, outdoor pool. In rooms: flatscreen TV, balcony.
- Poolside There is a small outdoor pool. Get there early or take a towel to lie on as loungers are in high demand.
- Check–out Check-out 11am. Check-in, 3pm. Both flexible subject to availability; a further charge may apply.
Children Welcome; but book a local nanny for dinnertime. The kids might get fidgety during the four-hour tasting menu.
- Eco‐friendly With over 150 varieties of heirloom vegetables and herbs sourced from the hotel’s own extensive kitchen gardens, cuisine here is hyper-local and organic.
- Also Maps for eight marked walking trails are provided in all rooms. Walk off lunch with a stroll to Arboretum or the Chinese Wall – you can take a Hiker's Hamper in case you get gourmet withdrawal. Or relax with an in-room massage.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Don’t settle for anything less than the aptly named Mountain View Rooms, where floor-to-ceiling, glass sliding doors frame postcard-perfect aspects of Mount Sturgeon and the Southern Grampian Ranges. The recently refreshed Deluxe Mountain View Rooms are the standouts, with clean-lined and contemporary interiors, king-size beds, sleek bathrooms and private decks, which are ideal for sipping a glass of wine and soaking up the view. Ask for the more private room furthest from the restaurant and bar.
- Packing tips Hiking kit for midday ambles, a wine guide for getting the low down on the local shiraz and loose-fitting garb for that multi-course meal.
- Also Only three kilometres from Dunkeld, the Mount Sturgeon homestead presides over a 1,000 bale-a-year superfine merino wool working sheep station, and can cater for up to 12 Smiths and their friends in a graceful and expansive historic home. So why not arrive by helicopter, play lord and lady of the manor for the weekend, and enjoy free transfers to the restaurant each night for dinner?
Food and drink at Royal Mail Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Winner of a fistful of foodie awards, this is, quite simply, one of Australia’s best restaurants, so be sure to bag a table when you book your room. Formerly headed up by Dan Hunter (once head chef at two-Michelin-starred Mugaritz in San Sebastian), it fuses fresh, local and seasonal ingredients with essence-enhancing technology to create tummy-tickling flavours, with a 10-course omnivore or vegetarian tasting menu up for grabs. This is molecular gastronomy with an Australian accent, mixing lamb and liquorice, or pigeon and white chocolate. The Royal Mail Cellar, the country’s leading collection of Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, has also garnered gongs. A more casual bistro alongside the formal dining area serves refined Spanish-inspired dishes, including tapas, and there’s a sunny outside courtyard.
- Dress code Wide-brimmed Akubra hat for hiking in the hills; low-necked little black dress for seducing over dinner.
- Top table Bag a discreet corner table; or sit closer to the fire in the thick of things.
- Last orders Lunch in the Bistro at 2.30pm; dinner in both the Bistro and Restaurant at 9pm; drinks in the Public Bar at 1am.
- Room service A short in-room menu, including wagyu burgers, is available daily between 6pm and 9pm.
- Hotel bar The Royal Mail Hotel Public Bar is more pub than cocktail lounge, but it’s the real thing. Foodies from all over Australia rub shoulders with locals and there’s the occasional live band.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details