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.
The whole family will adore beautiful Rosalind Park – 60 acres of grassy open spaces, lush leafy trees, a fabulous playground, ornate statues, an historic conservatory, a fernery and beautiful old gardens to explore, located on the edge of the Bendigo CBD.
Like many cities and towns across Australia, Bendigo is getting better at acknowledging and embracing the rich cultural heritage of its first peoples. This land has been home to the Dja Dja Wurrung people for tens of thousands of years. Today their stories are shared through cultural festivals and performances, and the city pays homage to their language through the naming of significant places, such as Ulumbarra Theatre and the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre.
Many of the world’s cultures left a lasting mark on Bendigo thanks to the gold rush, especially the Chinese.
In the mid-1800s, 20 per cent of Bendigo’s population hailed from China. They came as miners and merchants, bringing their customs, culture and beliefs to the goldfields. Today, we treasure the remnants of these. Such as the original Chinese Joss House. This exquisite building of ritual was painted deep red; a symbol of strength and vitality. Its hand-made brick construction has lasted since the 1860s, making it one of the oldest examples of its kind in Australia.