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Overview

Bendigo

Experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.

History and heritage

Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage architecture. Don a miner's hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city's Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia's oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.

Art and culture

Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct while wandering along View Street. Pop into the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887), which contains a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and attracts significant exhibitions from across the globe, and explore the host of smaller galleries and antique stores around town.

For performing arts, catch shows big and small at the elegant Capital Theatre (1873) and the brand new Ulumbarra Theatre, set in grounds of the historic Sandhurst Gaol.

Wining and dining

Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.

Foodies, prepare to fossick for fabulous local produce – pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Pocket Guide at the Bendigo Visitors Centre.

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Things to do

Bendigo

Parks & gardens

Rosalind Park

Explore the beautiful old gardens, historic conservatory, fernery, playground and 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park, in the centre of Bendigo.

Food & wine

Bendigo wine region

While red wine lovers flock to Bendigo for the now famous shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, white wine fans should seek out chardonnay and riesling.

History & heritage

Chinese history

Visit local museums and heritage sites and discover the remarkable legacy of the Chinese miners who came to Victoria during the goldrush years.

Art galleries

Bendigo Pottery

Explore the gallery showcasing ceramics and artwork or throw a pot on the wheel and create your very own piece of art.

Art galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery

Stop by the Bendigo Art Gallery and see works by contemporary Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Bill Henson.

History & heritage

Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram

Sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years aboard a majestic Vintage 'Talking' Tram.

Community

Bendigo Easter Festival

Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Festival is the oldest continuous running community festival in Australia. It is a celebration of Bendigo's...

25 - 28 Mar 2016

Performing arts

Ulumbarra Theatre

Catch big-name performers and cultural events in an extraordinary arts and community complex encircled by the walls of the old Sandhurst Gaol.

Museums

Golden Dragon Museum

Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

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