Be inspired like many early Australian painters by picturesque Dunkeld and the imposing mounts Sturgeon and Abrupt, at the southern entrance to the Grampians. Take long walks through one of Australia's finest national parks and spot wildlife and flora. Dunkeld was settled after Major Thomas Mitchell issued glowing reports of the region following his 1836 visit. Nostalgic settlers named it after a Scottish town and early impressions can be found in paintings distributed throughout regional Victorian galleries. Follow one of the walking tracks to Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt to take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside or take the Picaninny Walk for a brisk workout and alternative views of Mount Abrupt. For even more mountain views and award-winning food to boot, book a table at the Dunkeld Royal Mail Hotel. For more top quality food, stop off at the sheep dairy along the Glenelg Highway near Glenthompson and sample some of the delicious sheep milk yoghurts and cheeses. Head further into the Grampians National Park with a scenic drive along the Victoria Valley Road through the untouched southern section of the Park. Look out for emus, kangaroos and spring wildflowers. Dunkeld is 253 kilometres west of Melbourne. Travel by car via the Glenelg Highway. Daily rail and coach services are available from Melbourne.