To kick off February’s round of local’s interviews, radiographer and travel blogger, Kate is here to tell us all about her hometown of Dunkeld in Australia…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
I am Kate and our family of my husband, 2 kids and dog live in Dunkeld. Our hometown is located in the Western District of Victoria, Australia and is a 3-hour drive from Melbourne. Dunkeld is at the southern end of the Grampians National Park, which provides us with amazing walks and places to visit. I have been a radiographer for 16 years and have my travel blog on travel to Bali with kids: Rolling Along With Kids.
2. How long have you lived in Dunkeld? And what brought you here?
We have been living here for 7 years and I grew up on a farm only a 20-minute drive from our house. After heading to University in Melbourne and living in Bendigo, we came to live back here when my Mum was very ill.
3. What do you love most about your hometown?
Dunkeld is the most beautiful country town that is very relaxed but lots to do. Would highly recommend walking around the town, it is not big so this is easy to do! The arboretum has the most stunning views and you must climb one of the local mountains. Do not worry there is one that we do with the kids in 1 hour so something for every fitness level. Throughout the year, there are events in the town that are run by the community that showcase all that we have to offer. From the Dunkeld Horse Races held once a year in November, to the 3 Peaks Trail Run in August for the runners out there and the 3 Peaks Market held in October.
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit Dunkeld?
We are located on a highway and people often drive very fast through our town, please slow down! As a radiographer, and my husband is involved in the local rescue team, the SES, we often see tourists that are involved in motor vehicle accidents so please take care on the roads.
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wish list in your hometown?
In Dunkeld, you cannot visit without a stop to the Royal Mail Hotel. The newly renovated restaurant is very well known and has amazing food. Be sure to book, as it can get busy! The Dunkeld General Store has the best coffee in town and supplies if your forget to pack anything. This is our go to spot for a quick bite to eat and amazing service. The Dunkeld Old Bakery has the best croissants and freshly made bread, you must stop in and see for yourself. Café 109 is our favourite spot for dinner to take the kids and enjoy a relaxed, hearty meal and they are so welcoming with the kids. Dunkeld Delights is a beautiful country style café in the residential streets of Dunkeld that has the most delicious cakes.
6. What foods must visitors eat when in Dunkeld?
In our local area, you must try the local sheep’s goat yoghurt. So delicious and is made in a local dairy.
7. What’s your favourite word in your local language? Why? What does it mean?
G’day mate! This can often be a greeting that Australians will use especially if they know the person. More common in the country areas of Australia, it is very endearing and truly Australian.
8. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Australia from another country?
As Australia is such a huge place, public transport can be hard to find in regional areas. Consider what ability you have to get around, if you have no car to get around it will be more difficult in the country areas so the city may be more suited. If you have a car, venturing into the regional areas will provide cheaper places to live as the cities can be expensive.
9. If you could describe Dunkeld in just one sentence, what would you say?
A country town that has amazing local produce on offer with the beautiful Grampians always in view.
10. If tourists were to know one thing about the Australian culture, what should that be?
Australians are generally relaxed but this is definitely more common in the regional areas of Australia. Don’t just visit the cities, get out into the beautiful countryside and you will have an amazing time. Also Australians value their personal space so please don’t push or jump lines!
Thanks Kate – we’ve loved getting to know you and Dunkeld better!
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