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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.
Explore the beautiful old gardens, historic conservatory, fernery, playground and 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park, in the centre of Bendigo.
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Discover the rich history and remarkable legacy of the Chinese miners who came to Victoria during the goldrush.
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.
Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.
While red wine lovers flock to Bendigo for the now famous shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, white wine fans should seek out chardonnay and riesling.
Stop by the Bendigo Art Gallery and see works by contemporary Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Bill Henson.
Explore the gallery showcasing ceramics and artwork or throw a pot on the wheel and create your very own piece of art.
Catch big-name performers and cultural events in an extraordinary arts and community complex encircled by the walls of the old Sandhurst Gaol.
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.
25 - 28 Mar 2016
Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Festival is the oldest continuous running community festival in Australia. It's a celebration of Bendigo's...
Take an audio tour of Bendigo and discover the beginnings of this Goldfields city, built and developed on the fortunes of gold.
Get free WiFi at Bendigo Gallery and the View Street Arts Precinct.
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Get a taste for central Victoria's produce with elegant savoury bites and share plates at this hatted eatery, wine bar and pantry store.
Get your daily dose of fine food and wine at this chemist-turned-restaurant-and-wine-bar offering an impressive drinks list and seasonal, local menu.
Choose from individual and share dishes from the feasting style menu featuring excellent local produce and wines at this European-style restaurant.
An award-winning winery established in 1969. The cellar door outlet boasts a wine tasting and sales area, cafe and wine musuem.
Get fired up about premium meats and wood fired pizzas at this Bendigo steakhouse and redgum grill, and save room for the dessert tasting plate.
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