Bendigo is a charming and elegant regional city in central Victoria and an ideal base to explore Victoria's golden heritage. In the centre of town, gold rush era architecture nestles among century-old gardens, sidewalk cafes, art galleries and antique stores.
Take a walk or take a ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage buildings, including the Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the law courts, and the ornate Shamrock Hotel. Take a break in Rosalind Park with its open air fernery, cascade waterfall and conservatory.
Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct with a wander along View Street. It's headlined by the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887) containing a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and continually attracting significant exhibitions from across the globe. Also check out the Performing Arts Centre (1873) and a host of smaller galleries and antique stores.
Take time out to visit some of the local wineries. The region is especially known for its magnificent shiraz.
Things to do in Bendigo
Bendigo Art Gallery ~ View a collection of Australian art dating back to 1850 at one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia.
Bendigo City Tour ~ Explore the city's beautiful Victorian buildings and discover and its colourful gold rush history via this self guided walking trail.
Bendigo Tramways Vintage 'Talking' Tram ~ Take Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram tour for an insight into Bendigo's golden past founded on one of the world's richest goldfields.
Central Deborah Gold Mine ~ Descend more than 60 metres and walk in the footsteps of past miners on a spectacular underground mine tour.
Chinese history ~ Find out about Australia's Chinese history at Bendigo's Golden Dragon Museum and the Bendigo Joss House, the oldest Chinese temple in Australia.
Bendigo wine region ~ Meet the winemakers and taste award-winning shiraz and cabernet at some of the small, family-owned vineyards in the area.
MAJOR EVENTS :
Bendigo International Maddison - March
The Bendigo Easter Festival - April
Bendigo Wine Festival - April
Bendigo Heritage Uncorked - October
Directions: Bendigo is just under two hours from Melbourne on the Calder Highway. Trains operate daily services to Bendigo.