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.
Bendigo’s love affair with Chinese dragons dates back more than 150 years, to the very first Bendigo Easter Festival.
In 2019 Bendigo welcomed its newest dragon, Dai Gum Loong. He’s 125 metres long, is covered with more than 7000 handmade scales and is thought to be the longest Golden Dragon in the world.
Bendigo has taken upcycling to whole new heights, finding contemporary uses for heritage spaces that are characterising this historic city as totally modern. Today, many of Bendigo’s old banks, theatres, hotels and public buildings have been repurposed as restaurants and bars, retail spaces, galleries and Bendigo Visitor Centre.
Tour some of the best, such as the former Post Office and the Sandhurst Goal – now incorporating the Ulumbarra Theatre, this 1860s-era prison once kept notorious Melbourne underworld figure Mark ‘Chopper’ Read.
With such a rich history from the boom times of the goldrush, Bendigo has seen many people call Bendigo home over the years.
There was a population explosion in Bendigo during the goldrush. People came from across the world to seek their fortune in Bendigo in the mid to late 1800’s. Hopeful miners came from China, Germany, England, Wales, Hungary and all across the globe.
Bendigo’s beautiful historic buildings are a big drawcard. Even back in the mid-to-late 1800s the city’s founders knew they were creating something special for future generations. They invested heavily in elaborate designs and gave architects like William Charles Vahland free rein to flaunt their skills.
The Bendigo region is on both Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Country, whose ancestors and their descendants are the traditional owners. The city acknowledges their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.
From 1851 a swarm of nationalities arrived on the Bendigo diggings, to take part in Australia’s largest ever gold rush. Within 20 years this cultural melting pot had turned a tent city into a grand gold town to rival any other, where a quest for grandeur gave architects free rein to flaunt their skill. The buildings impressed the masses, as they still do today. Discover Bendigo’s most loved and admired heritage buildings via self-guided walks or on a memorable tour behind the facades.