Bendigo, VIC: Destination Guide

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Step back in time to Victoria's gold rush days with a trip to the historic town of Bendigo.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Bendigo or find and book accommodation in Bendigo today.

About Bendigo

While very much a modern country town, Bendigo's roots are steeped in Victoria's gold rush days - and it has the architecture to prove it. Gold was first discovered along the Bendigo Creek over 150 years ago, an event which lead to Bendigo becoming one of the richest goldfields in history with around nine billion dollars worth of gold uncovered.

Nowadays, the town is a fascinating mix of the old and the new, with beautiful streetscapes and heritage buildings coupled with a burgeoning arts scene and a spectacular array of first class restaurants and cafes. 

Things to do in Bendigo

A day could easily be lost simply wandering the town's streets, admiring the numerous breathtaking buildings that speak of days gone by. Visit the Town Hall, Hotel Shamrock, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and Joss House Temple, one of only a few of its kind in Australia. When you've have your fill of grand architecture, head out to the surrounding hills of Bendigo and Heathcote and sample some of Victoria's finest wines in its most beautiful wineries. Food and drink options within Bendigo town are also fabulous, and well worth investigating.

Attractions in Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery is Australia's largest and most impressive regional art museum. Extensively redeveloped in 2014, the gallery offers an incredible collection of 19th century European art, Australian art from the 1800s, and contemporary Australian art, with works spanning paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and more.

Golden Dragon Museum

Opened in 1991, the Golden Dragon Museum is the Chinese cultural centre of Australia. It is dedicated to the Chinese people who immigrated to this region, and their history and culture, and includes collections of Chinese currency, theatrical costumes, dragons and wax figures.

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Experience Bendigo's gold rush era for yourself at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. This historic mine operated during the boom of the 1900s, and today offers tours to 61m underground and 85m underground, as well as Australia's deepest undergrornd mine tour at 228m underground.

Getting to Bendigo

Located in Victoria's centre, Bendigo is about 153km north west of Melbourne.

By car

From Melbourne, Bendigo lies about an hour and 45 minutes away on the Calder Freeway.

When to visit Bendigo

Bendigo is lovely all year round, however Easter time is particularly special due to the Bendigo Easter Festival, Australia's longest continuous festival. The Bendigo Community Farmers' Market is also worth a look, and takes place on the second Saturday of every month.

Where to stay in Bendigo

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