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The Southern Grampians Shire is a leading, innovative and creative community offering many opportunities with the best of country living.

With a population of 16,510, the Southern Grampians Shire covers an area of 6,652 square kilometres. Hamilton is the main retail and service centre supported by the nine surrounding townships of Balmoral, Branxholme, Byaduk, Cavendish, Coleraine, Dunkeld, Glenthompson, Penshurst and Tarrington.

Our community is represented by seven councillors from across the Shire.

Southern Grampians at a glance...

Topic Description
Location South West Victoria
Total Area 6,652 square kilometres
Population 16,510
Climate Temperate
Average Rainfall 703mm (27.6 inches)
Average minimum temperature 7.5C (45.5F)
Average maximum temperature 19.1C (66.5F)
Major urban city Hamilton (population 10,170)
Smaller town centres Balmoral, Branxholme, Byaduk, Cavendish, Coleraine, Dunkeld, Glenthompson, Penshurst and Tarrington

How far?

Hamilton to... Distance Time (by road)
Melbourne 290km (177 miles) 3 hours
Ballarat 177km (110 miles) 2 hours
Warrnambool 100km (62 miles) 1 hour 15 minutes
Portland 85km (52 miles) 1 hour
Adelaide 500km (310 miles) 6 hours
Mt Gambier 130km (80 miles) 1 hour 30 minutes
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