Great views of the Southern Grampians can be seen from Menzies Lane south of Glenthompson along the Caramut Rd.
Five kilometres from Glenthompson heading towards Dunkeld, is Grampians Pure Sheep Dairy where boutique sheep milk yoghurt and cheeses can be purchased. Sheep are milked daily at 8-9am and 5-6pm. Visitors welcome.
Mortlake is nestled at the very foot of Mount Shadwell and is the self-proclaimed Olivine capital of Australia, It is also known for its bluestone buildings, with several fine examples dating back to the 1850s visible from the Hamilton Highway.The mineral is one of the most common minerals on Earth and can be made into jewellery, gem quality green stones are also known peridot. All enquiries regarding fossicking for peridot at Mt.Shadwell should be directed to Mt.Shadwell Quarry.
Worth visiting is the Mortlake Botanical Gardens which houses Tea Tree Lake and Mortlake Caravan Park.
To further explore the areas fascinating connection with the past, a trip to the Koonendah Private Museum is highly recommended. The museum was originally The Sisters Presbyterian Church, but in the late 1980’s was purchased and moved. The Museum now resides in a private collection in a pleasant garden setting, and is host to a wide variety of antique furniture, musical instruments and even military memorabilia. Visits can be organised by contacting (03) 5592 6240.
This property has a large country garden with spacious sweeping lawns, mature trees and wide perennial borders. Of special note is an oak tree that was planted by John Masefield, Great Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1930 to1967. Small numbers of interesting plants from the garden are generally available for sale. The garden is opened by appointment, and costs $5.00. For bookings and more information (03) 5599 2040.