Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gift ideas for the couple that has everything

“A charity donation, or be creative and make them something.” – Donna Young, Dojo Design, Geelong.

The recent Western District Wedding Expo was a huge success with dozens of wedding vendors from the region coming together to showcase their products and services to future brides and grooms. Held at the Hamilton Golf Club, the event proved that everything you need for your wedding can be found right here in Western Victoria! Well done to the organisers!

The main road that connects Halls Gap to Dunkeld has re-opened following months of closure in order to repair the road after floods and landslides earlier this year.

The reopening of Grampians Road is wonderful news for tourists, locals and the region’s tourist industry, allowing better access between the two towns, and for motorists heading further west to Hamilton.

The opening also allows access to areas such as the Mt William Range and the Victoria Valley via Serra Road.

However, many smaller roads and walking tracks remain closed in the Grampians National Park.

For more information on the recovery effort, visit:

The Grampians region has long been a favorite spot for brides and grooms, but now the secret is out on one of Australia’s top wedding destinations.

With spectacular scenery, unique function spaces, fabulous photographers and a swag of professionals to pull the big day together, couples are increasingly choosing this part of Western Victoria for their wedding.

From majestic mountains, native bush land and waterfalls, to the rolling vineyards of the nearby Pyrenees region, other attractive features of the area include group accommodation, nature-based activities and award-winning food and wine.

To help both visiting and local brides easily research, plan and coordinate their Grampians wedding, Stawell local Beth Gibson has launched the first-ever online Grampians Wedding Directory.

“With most couples now researching all elements of their wedding online, our website can save couples getting married in the Grampians precious time,” Beth said. “It also showcases the region as a wedding destination for small or large groups and for couples eloping.”

Beth said the growing online directory covered photographers, florists, celebrants and beauty specialists in places like Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Great Western and Moonambel.

“We profile big names like Seppelt in Great Western, Warrenmang Vineyard and Resort in Moonambel and The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld,” she explained, “We’re also unearthing local artisans who make items like jewellery and bridal gowns. We’ve even found a flower grower in Pomonal who creates stunning bouquets from native and South African varieties.”

Beth said Grampians Wedding Directory also had a ‘Wedding Helper’ page for brides with unique questions like finding a charming little chapel, historical building for photos, or a last-minute seamstress.

“The Grampians is a beautiful place to get married at any time of year,” Beth said. “With the support of Northern Grampians Shire Council and other tourism stakeholders, the local wedding industry is keen to attract more weddings here – not just for a day, but a whole weekend.”

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Media inquiries: Beth Gibson, 0408 505 880,

The ‘Western District Wedding Expo’ will be held at Hamilton Golf Club on Sunday, August 14 from 11am to 4pm. A full house of fantastic local wedding vendors will display their wares and talk about their services to the general public. Gold coin entry. For updates search for them on Facebook.