posted on 07 Sep 21 | by Explore Bendigo

Learning to relax and taking time to chill out can be life changing.

There’s no better time to take a step away from your devices and get back to basics. Easier said than done, we know, but the benefits will far outweigh what could be a ticking time bomb to your mental and physical health. So where do we get started? One step at a time. Let us share some great tips and ideas on our favourite ways to relax and just chill out in Bendigo. 
 

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A Coffee Date

We all know it, here in Bendigo we love our coffee. And it doesn’t matter how you like it, we just love to rub shoulders with our favourite baristas and get together to enjoy a great coffee. Sit in or takeaway, no worries. Buy your beans, even better. Our options in Bendigo and throughout the region are endless and we couldn’t be happier about it. So why not sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee, tea or hot chocolate from your favourite café, hole in the wall, coffee roaster, barista, restaurant or bakery – yum!

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Day Spa Treatment

It’s time to treat yourself to a little indulgence. Whether you’re needing some pampering now or needing something to look forward to, why not treat your body to spa treat at Endota Spa Bendigo. Think facials, massages, spa packages, and beauty treatments, not to mention their gorgeous range of products to enjoy at home. Or try an afternoon of float therapy at Flow Retreat with mindfulness and sensory immersive experience. 

Let’s not forget your hair, because there’s no better makeover than a fresh cut, colour and style. Be sure to treat your locks and see the team at either Hairfolk, Jools for Jim or Made in Common. You’ll be treated like a queen and will leave feeling even better. 
 

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Exploring At A Slower Pace

We love exploring new spaces, learning new things and seeing the region from another angle. So often we can drive straight past the same places, yet not know anything about them or what’s really there. So rather than drive, slow down and take a walk. Go the long way, take the scenic route and take a path less travelled by you. Bendigo has so many amazing walking paths and trails, self-guided street art walks, heritage buildings, parks and gardens.

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Wine Down

Friday is calling and so is a cheeky wine down drink! With over 55 wineries and cellar doors through the Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions, there’s plenty of options to choose from. Enjoy a tipple of one of Bendigo’s local wines – choose from white, rose or red, even sparkling. What a great way to reward yourself for making it through another week! 

Wine not your thing, no problem, we have a great selection of local craft beers to choose from. And if you’re looking for somewhere to buy and enjoy later, see the team The Hop Supply Co.
 

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Read A Book

It’s time to read more books than tweets. There’s nothing more rewarding than learning something new, immersing yourself in a great book and leaving reality behind, even if it’s just for a short while. Reading stimulates your brain, keeps it active and young! What’s not to love.

Check out some of our favourite bookstores, Bendigo Book Mark and Book Now for all your reading needs. Plus, they both offer click and collect services! You’ll find a wide range of topics and genres, small and large, and their experienced teams have endless recommendations to ensure you find the right book. 
 

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Recharge Your Batteries

Take a time out to just do nothing. Chill out at home, catch up on some much-needed rest, meditate or do yoga, read a book, get a massage, the options are endless. Give your mind, body and soul the much need time and break it needs. Recharging your batteries cannot come at a better time.

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Get Back To Nature

Get out and about and surround yourself with nature. Enjoy a bushwalk, take a ride down a trail or walk up a lookout. Keeping active is not only mentally, but physically a fantastic way to look after yourself and your wellbeing.

Some of our favourite outdoor spaces include Crusoe Reservoir, Rosalind Park, Bendigo Botanic Gardens, One Tree Hill and Lake Eppalock.