Location Bendigo, VIctoria, 3121
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 :
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.