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About Hamilton

Hamilton is a charming, rural town with a fascinating wool-growing heritage. You’ll find streets lined with grand architecture and a town that offers all the friendly hospitality, sense of community, peace and tranquility you’d expect from country life.

 

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Hamilton Visitor Information Centre in Pall Mall, Bendigo to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.

 

2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 

 

3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 

 

4. Engage with the community

The Hamilton region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.

 

5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Hamilton region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!

Population

10,000

 

Distance to Melbourne

296km. Approximately a 3.5-hour drive.

 

Surrounding towns

Tarrington, Dunkeld

 

Housing

Median house price: $200,000

Median house rent: $407 p/w

Median unit rent: $400 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

The Hamilton Gallery, which is always worth a visit, houses an impressive permanent collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts including work by some of the greatest European, Asian and Australian masters. For lovers of faster activities, Hamilton has its own racing club, which hosts plenty of action-packed race days every year, including the much-loved Hamilton Cup. Ramping up the revs even more, the Western Speedway Hamilton provides jaw-dropping entertainment to lovers of motorsport.

Food and wine scene 

Hamilton offers up plenty of choices for a delicious meal out, with several cafes and restaurants, pubs and taverns, a wine bar and some tasty takeaway options. Just a short drive out of town is Pierrpoint Wines, in the Henty Wine Region, where you can pop in for a tasting and cheese platter or coffee and cake. And the Royal Mail Hotel in nearby Dunkeld is a stunning, world-class restaurant that’s famed for a menu with 80% of the produce grown on site.

Family Fun 

At the eastern end of town is Lake Hamilton, surrounded by 25 hectares of parkland. It’s a popular spot with local families as its calm waters are great for canoeing, fishing, waterskiing and sailing. It has two sandy beaches and an Adventure Playground, which is always a hit with kids. A short drive away in Penshurst is the Volcanoes Discovery Centre. Situated at the base of the dormant Mt Rouse volcano, the centre is a fascinating way to learn how volcanoes shaped the local landscape. Time your visit around sunset, when you’ll see hundreds of kangaroos and wallabies thundering across the far side of the crater.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Hamilton is home to one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia. Set across four acres, the sweeping lawns, curved paths, lakes, islands and plantings, make for a picturesque setting that’s perfect for picnics and strolls. Just a short drive away is the beautiful, rugged Grampians National Park. Famed for its walking tracks for all abilities, you can spend the day trekking to sparkling waterfalls or hiking to awe-inspiring peaks and scenic lookouts. Hamilton also has a range of sports at local clubs, offering first-rate facilities: • Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre • Hamilton Golf Club

Shopping 

Hamilton is home to one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia. Set across four acres, the sweeping lawns, curved paths, lakes, islands and plantings, make for a picturesque setting that’s perfect for picnics and strolls. Just a short drive away is the beautiful, rugged Grampians National Park. Famed for its walking tracks for all abilities, you can spend the day trekking to sparkling waterfalls or hiking to awe-inspiring peaks and scenic lookouts. Hamilton also has a range of sports at local clubs, offering first-rate facilities: • Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre • Hamilton Golf Club

Transport

Hamilton is served by several major highways, while the nearest railway station is Ballarat. V/Line and regional buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel quick and easy.

Health and community services

Hamilton has a range of premium health services including private practices, a walk-in clinic, Hamilton Family Practice and Hamilton Base Hospital.

Education 

The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of nine schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Hamilton Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Hamilton and Alexandra College (Co-ed ELC-12 Ecumenical), Monivae College (Co-ed 7-12 Catholic).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You’ll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will acquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.

Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.