An eclectic mix of food, fashion and art has awakened one of Bendigo’s most endearing laneways.
This little charmer was once known as Dispensary Lane in recognition of the busy pharmacy that was once located on the laneway. From here remedies and medications were dispensed to locals for decades.
Nowadays, you can find some of Australia’s emerging brands in fashion and cosmetics as you delve into the salons and boutiques that set the pace. Ever changing street art and regular foodie events add to the buzz and Melbourne laneway feel.
Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of Australia's largest churches and the second tallest after St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne.
It is an exceptionally large church for a provincial city cathedral in Australia and its construction was made possible chiefly through the estate of Henry Backhaus - 1811-1882, a German from Paderborn and the first Catholic priest on the Bendigo goldfields.
Bendigo is brimming with enterprising local artisans who love to share their talents. Seek out the city’s makers to get a taste of their passion and take home a unique souvenir of your visit.
Say hi to Hayley at Indulge Chocolates; Bendigo’s only artisan chocolatier prides herself on the Taste of Bendigo range, which combines Belgian chocolate with local honey, Shiraz, famous Castlemaine Rock and Pyramid Hill salt. Sweet tooths will also love Bendigo Brittle. This handmade peanut product features at several boutiques and cafes, or meet the maker herself at a local market.
View Street has been the beating heart of Bendigo’s arts and cultural offerings since 1890 when the architect William Charles Vahland restyled the Volunteer Orderly Room (1867) as a gallery. The Bendigo Art Gallery façade has changed with each new chapter in the city. It’s one of Australia’s oldest and most highly-regarded public galleries, combining heritage and stunning modern extensions to host exhibitions of international significance.
“There’s an amazing array of performing arts experiences on offer here in Bendigo. Children’s and family theatre, intimate theatre, physical theatre – it’s all happening. Even the talented Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Circus Oz are taking to our stages!” David Lloyd, Manager of Capital Venues & Events.
With over 107,000 people coming through the doors for over 380 performances in 2017, Bendigo is continuing to shine when it comes to performing arts.