Visit Bendigo and experience a vibrant regional city jam-packed with creativity, great food and bevvies, happening festivals and happy-as locals, all thriving among a heritage setting that stacks up to the grand European cities that inspired it.
Bendigo has long been a must-see destination. When gold was first discovered here in the mid-1800s the world soon cottoned on and the box-ironbark forests and creek flats were overcome by people from around the globe hell bent on striking riches. Many did, and much of the wealth exhumed from the earth was invested back into building the city. That’s why Bendigo boasts some of the country’s most impressive architecture, public sculptures, fountains and gardens. And while Bendigo’s built heritage is certainly historic, it’s far from old hat. Today this place has inspired creativity and innovation on show for all to enjoy.
Heritage and culture
Visit heritage halls, banks and factories re-invented as restaurants and wine bars. The former 19th century mechanics hall, fire station and even the gaol are now top-class theatres, playing host to annual cultural festivals and almost daily performances.
Bendigo’s arts and cultural precinct is also home to indi boutiques showcasing local designers, lost trades, vintage goods and darling little cafes with some of the best views in town.
Things to do in Bendigo include shopping for locally-made goods and produce, seeing the latest blockbuster exhibition at the gorgeous Bendigo Art Gallery and learning the stories of the city at Bendigo’s must-see attractions.
Central Deborah Gold Mine’s crushing plant was once heard loud and clear across the goldfields. Today the mine welcomes visitors daily for underground tours. Jump on board a talking tram here for a unique guided ride through some of the city’s most significant streets.
The Golden Dragon Museum pays homage to the major influence Chinese people had on the goldfields. The museum houses an internationally-significant collection of Chinese artefacts, including the world’s longest imperial dragon, and his friends.
Australia’s oldest working pottery is still in full production at Epsom and now features artist studios, galleries and a vintage emporium to lose yourself in. Try your hand at the potter’s wheel and create your own Bendigo souvenir, or buy a piece of genuine Bendigo Pottery to enjoy for years to come.
Time your visit to coincide with one of the many community and cultural festivals and events. Check out the events calendar to see what’s coming up, there’s food and wine showcases, major exhibitions, sporting events and the famous Bendigo Easter Festival, a long-time favourite of local and visiting families.