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Beautiful Bendigo

Bendigo is Australia’s golden town. The shiny stuff was found in nearby rivers, and the Victorian town was born as a result. Many of Bendigo’s Victorian-era buildings originally housed mining companies, and the bars (and brothels) were established to cater for the growing number of prospectors. The Gold Rush had died down by the end of the 19th century, but Bendigo stayed, transforming itself into a beautiful regional capital, with gardens and arcades befitting a much bigger city.

The main street is home to Sun Loong (the longest fake dragon in the world, which comes out to play every Easter), while Hargreaves Mall is the centre of shopping and the Queen Elizabeth Ovalis home to the local cricket and AFL teams. The mines may have been exhausted long ago, but Bendigo still has a heart of gold.

BENDIGO’S TOP 10

10. Goldfields Historic Chinese Cemetery The oldest of its kind in the country, it pays tribute to the Chinese prospectors who helped build early Australia.

5. Central Deborah Goldmine Five hundred metres deep and operational for just under a century, it is one of the most famous mines in the country.

9. Bendigo Gold World Have a go at panning for gold in a muddy creek. You may just strike it rich!

4. Bendigo Talking Tram Creatively named, the tram is equipped with a voiceover as it takes you to and from some of Bendigo’s biggest attractions.

8. Bendigo Pottery The oldest operational pottery in Australia includes a museum, gallery and café.

3. Capital Theatre Created in grand British tradition, with a façade of giant Corinthian columns, the Capital is home to Bendigo’s arts scene.

7. Rosalind Park The lookout tower in the heart of this quaint park provides the best views in town.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral The stained-glass windows and soaring steeple are an impressive addition to the Bendigo skyline.

6. Bendigo Art Gallery One of the largest regional art collections in Australia, it features local colonial and modern arts, as well as international artists.

1. Golden Museum and Chinese Gardens The gardens are exceptional and the traditional tearoom serves a mean yum cha.

BENDIGO EVENTS

Australia Day starts off with a parade at Lake Weeroona and ends with a party!

The Bendigo Easter Festival is the biggest in the city. The giant Easter Egg Hunt is on for young and old!

December’s Light up the Sky sees parks full of picnickers and city officials hard at work. Then all the lights in town are turned off – except for the Christmas tree in the town centre and candles throughout the parks. Lovely!

WHEN TO GO

  • Summer in Bendigo can be extremely hot, with temperatures topping 45ºC (113ºF).

  • July offers beautiful winter weather, and it’s also a quieter and more retrospective period for the town.

  • Winter in Bendigo provides a great opportunity to rug up and drink mulled wine, something you shouldn’t turn down in a hurry.

GETTING AROUND

· Bendigo is located about 150km (93mi) northwest of Melbourne, close to the geographical centre of Victoria. If driving, parking is readily available and cheap.

· You can catch the train from Melbourne to Bendigo, then a local (but infrequent) bus service can take you to local attractions.

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9 hotels in Bendigo

1 Art Series - The Schaller Studio

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

Corner of Lucan and Bayne Streets Map

Art Series - The Schaller Studio is a chic boutique hotel inspired by the works of a local artist in this lively Australia city. This posh Bendigo urban retreat offers art classes and tours and... More

2 Comfort Inn Bendigo Cntrl Deborah

3 stars
3.4 / 5 9 reviews

177-183 High Street Map

Whether you are in Bendigo to see the sights or to conduct important business, the Comfort Inn Central Debra is the perfect place to stay. GeneralBusiness travellers will appreciate high-speed... More

3 Bendigo Homestead Motor Inn and Apartments

3 stars
3.9 / 5 18 reviews

508 High Street Golden Square Map

Conveniently located with an easy access to all Bendigo's facilities and attractions, this property is ideal for an overnight visit or extended stay. GeneralDuring leisure, you can enjoy a... More

4 BEST WESTERN Cathedral Motor Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

96-102 High Street Map

Offering convenience and comfort, the Best Western Cathedral Motor Inn invites you to stay and enjoy first class accommodation and hospitality at Bendigo's most central motel. GeneralGuests using... More

5 Alexandra Place

4 stars
3.8 / 5 10 reviews

200 McCrae Street Map

Flaunting the charm of a holiday destination, yet providing you with contemporary facilities and superior accommodation, the Alexandra Place is a perfect lodging option from where you can explore... More

6 BEST WESTERN Heritage Motor Inn

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

259 High Street Map

Business and leisure travellers find a cosy home-away-from-home at BEST WESTERN Heritage Motor Inn Bendigo. This charming property in Bendigo delivers comfortable accommodations, gracious service... More

7 Quality Inn Colonial

3 stars
4.8 / 5 6 reviews

483 High Street (Calder Hwy) Golden Square Map

Combining comfort, convenience and friendly service, this property makes you to enjoy all the privileges for an unforgettable stay. GeneralThis Quality Inn Colonial Bendigo offers a selection of... More

8 Quality Resort All Seasons

3 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

171-183 McIvor Hwy Map

Quality Resort All Seasons Bendigo makes for a comfy holiday vacation in Bendigo with its cosy accommodations, country-style hospitality and resort-inspired facilities. Catch the scenic views of... More

9 BEST WESTERN Crystal Inn

4 stars
4.6 / 5 21 reviews

233-235 McIvor Highway Map

Known for its ambience and luxury, the BEST WESTERN Crystal Inn Bendigo is an ideal accommodation spot in Bendigo for all types of travellers. GeneralConference facilities are also available for... More