• Lake Eppalock

Warning: Goulburn-Murray Water is warning the public to avoid contact with water in Lake Eppalock after monitoring detected high levels of blue-green algae.

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Lake Eppalock is perfect for water based activities and family picnics. Constructed on the Campaspe River in the 1960s, this vast lake has always been popular for boating and water recreation.

  • Crusoe Reservoir

Crusoe Reservoir & No 7 Park
Crusoe reservoir provides great opportunity for water activities such as swimming, fishing, non-powered boating with plenty of flora and fauna to discover. Seating and picnic facilities, ideal for all family and social outings, are found throughout the park.

Fishing - Crusoe Reservoir supports tench, redfin and is stocked with yellowbelly and murray cod.

Settling ponds - This historic filtration system was used to settle out sediment for drinking water. Over a million bricks were used in its completion in the 1870s.

  • Waterways and Water Activities

Don’t let the lack of beach fool you, there are plenty of opportunities for water play around Bendigo. Throw the line in at Lake Eppalock, or choose a faster pace in a fishing or ski boat. Bendigo’s lakes and reservoirs are top recreation spots, and the inner-city aquatic centre offers more than just swimming, with its diving boards and giant waterslide. Take a dip all year-round at one of the city’s indoor heated pools.

  • Rosalind Park

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.

  • Bendigo Botanic Gardens

The Bendigo Botanic Garden was planned during the early days of the gold rush, with land alongside the Bendigo Creek officially set aside in 1857. Many plants for the 15 acre area were supplied by Ferdinand von Mueller, Melbourne Botanic Gardens director, some of which still survive today.

  • Canterbury Gardens

Let the kids burn off some steam around Canterbury Gardens, Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb. Canterbury Gardens boasts 35 acres of gorgeous historic gardens alongside the Eaglehawk Creek, with some original relics still intact.

  • Parks & Gardens

Park yourself under ancient elms in the beating heart of Bendigo. Rosalind Park is a leafy escape along Pall Mall, and a living treasure from the era when Bendigo was transformed from a gold mining outpost to a grand regional city.

  • O’Keefe Rail Trail

If you’re into walking or riding, get in training for the O’Keefe Rail Trail, fast becoming a Bendigo cycling hotspot.

Travellers have been taking this historic journey from Bendigo to Heathcote since 1888, when the railway line first linked the towns during the gold rush. Victorian railway pioneer Andrew O’Keefe is recognised for his construction of many local railway lines. He migrated to the goldfields from Ireland in the wake of the great potato famine, finding his fortune in iron track.

  • National Parks

Northern Victoria’s Box-Ironbark forests and woodlands are unique. They have enormous environmental values and strong cultural and community ties and traditions.

Since European settlement, the Box-Ironbark forests and woodlands have been extensively cleared for agriculture, gold mining, urban development and timber. Today only 17 percent of the original Box-Ironbark vegetation remains.

Greater Bendigo National Park

  • Cycling & Walking Trails

The hammies will be aching after a day on one of many Bendigo cycling and walking tracks. Pace yourself riding or walking on the oh-so-civilised suburban Linear Trail, or go all Tough Mudder on the Goldfields Track; a 210-kilometre mountain bike trail following the old gold route between Bendigo and Ballarat.

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