posted on 10 Jul 20 | by Explore Bendigo

Planning A Getaway Over The Winter Months?  

There’s no better time to escape the day-to-day grind that you’ve become way too familiar with and find a beautiful spot to base yourself and your loved one.  Where you can do as little or as much as you want, get in a little r&r, explore and indulge in a few special treats along the way. 

And where to? Bendigo of course! Here’s our top ten reasons to choose Bendigo for your next couple’s getaway. 

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Get A Caffeine Fix

Whether you need it to kick start your day, to keep you moving or just to warm up your hands, there are plenty of places to get a caffeine fix in Bendigo.  The team at Old Green Bean roast and brew their own beans, Percy and Percy offer a contemporary indoor-outdoor experience, El Gordo offer laneway brews from their window and the team at Get Naked Espresso Bar specialise in coffee.  You can’t go wrong! Not a coffee lover? No worries.  Check out Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates for the best hot chocolates going around.      

Want more ideas for spots to grab an awesome coffee, click here.
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Get Outdoors

If you’re a lover of the outdoors and want to explore Bendigo and the region a little further we’ve got you covered.  Ride, walk or run, you can discover a whole new side of Bendigo.  Explore the Bendigo Creek Trail complete with street art, nature, cafes and attractions.  Enjoy Bendigo favourite Lake Weeroona and Rosalind Park in the city’s CBD.  Or travel a little bit further and discover Pink Cliffs, Mt Ida and Viewing Rock.  

Discover more great outdoor spaces here.
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Wine Lovers Delight

Enjoy one of Australia’s oldest wine regions in Bendigo and Heathcote, with over 50 cellar doors to stop in and visit, there are plenty of reasons to get acquainted with a drop or two of our finest wines.  Many are small boutique, family-owned artisan wineries and your meeting the maker at the cellar door.  Plus you’ll even find an open fireplace to settle down next to, great food, views and even accommodation.  Top picks for an open fire and art include Killiecrankie Wines and Heathcote Winery, scenic views at Sutton Grange Winery, Italian-style tasting and platters at Vinea Marson, and for a more relaxed vibe plus craft beer, check out Shiraz Republic

For more info about our cellar doors and wine tasting, click here.
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Dining For Two

Look for somewhere special for lunch or dinner? If you’re chasing a cosy setting with hearty food look no further than Borchelli Ristorante or Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar for an intimate setting nestled down a little laneway covered in fairy lights.  If you’re after award-winning dishes and art on a plate Masons of Bendigo is your place or The Woodhouse for one of Victoria’s best steakhouses and the perfect setting for a couples dinner. Or if you're looking for the newest restaurants to hit the Bendigo market offering indulgent meals, check out Alium Dining or Ms Batterhams.

For the latest information on restaurant open for dining in, click here.
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A Couples Massage

Nothing says relaxation and indulgence more than a couples massage.  Reconnect with yourself and one another with an invigorating and replenishing two-hour treatment at Endota Spa Bendigo.  We’re talking a full body relaxation massage, facial, scalp and foot massage.  Yes please!

Check out the 'Couples Indulgence' package available here.
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We’ll Drink To That

There’s nothing wrong with a cheeky drink or two and Bendigo has a growing list of drinking holes each with their own unique location and touch of Bendigo.  They’re the perfect spot for you and your loved one to enjoy a craft beer, local wine or crafty cocktail.  And they’re all within walking distance of one another.  Check out The Dispensary hidden gone Chancery Lane, hidden beer garden Handle Bar, rooftop bar Nimbus, and lounge bar Ms Batterhams.

Learn more about Bendigo's food and drink scene here.
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Catch A Movie

There’s no better way to watch a movie then snuggling up on your own red velvet couch with a glass of local wine or craft beer in hand, snacks and having your loved one right there next to you.  Star Cinema, formerly the Eaglehawk Town Hall, is a boutique cinema experience that you must do featuring current and classic titles from across the globe seven days a week.

For more information on screening times and movies, click here.
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Cosy Up To A Fireplace

Because who doesn’t love a warm cosy fireplace to snuggle up in front of with your loved one…awe.  Winter, Bendigo and fireplaces go hand in hand, whether you’re looking for accommodation, a place to eat, have a drink or a place to hang out.  Our top picks to enjoy a cosy fireplace are Wine Bank on View for a glass of wine and a meal, GPO for cocktails and meal, the Old Boundary for a hearty pub meal and beer next to an open fireplace and The Woodhouse where fire takes on more than one element in this award-winning restaurant.

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Both the Bendigo and Heathcote region are renowned for some of the clearest night skies in Victoria with pristine viewing, uninterrupted and free of city lights. Our favourite spots to wish upon a star are those with star views over the vines.  Check out glamping at Balgownie Estate or indulging in a luxury villa at The Cellars.  Top that off with a local glass of wine and you can’t go wrong. 

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A Place To Rest Your Head

At the end of the day the perfect place to rest your head will complete your romantic getaway.  Enjoy your stay in a grand gold rush era building, a rural retreat, bed and breakfast or a luxury villa.  We’re spoilt for choice, but here’s a few suggestions to get you on your way.  For a luxury villa stay with all the mod cons visit The Cellars at Heathcote II. Perfectly situated close to the CBD Bishopscourt B&B offer an open fireplace, grand rooms and claw-foot baths, while The Suites Villa Belgravia offers luxury and sophistication in the style of a European villa.  

Click here for more accommodation options.