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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

Celebrate the paddock-to-plate philosophy with a meal to remember at Mason's of Bendigo, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide. 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.

Free WiFi

Get free WiFi at Bendigo Gallery and the View Street Arts Precinct.



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Things to do

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Cycling

O'Keefe Rail Trail

Take a leisurely trip around Lake Weeroona near Bendigo, through native bushland and dry forest, past kangaroos, wallabies, parrots and honeyeaters.

Parks & gardens

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Admire rare and fine botanic specimens, picnic by the pavilion, stroll by the lagoon and walk through the aviary at Bendigo's historic botanic garden.

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.

Pubs

Goldmines Hotel

Stop for a pint at this once-dreary country pub, now boasting a wide range of craft beers, lush green gardens, and friendly atmosphere to match.

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.

Local produce

Bendigo Wholefoods

Find foodie nirvana at this community foodstore, deli, garden nursery, cafe and providore specialising in local and artisanal produce.

Architecture & design

Bendigo Joss House Temple

Explore this historic 1860s temple, constructed with local brick, and learn the stories of the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold.

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.

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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Dining out

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Wine Bank on View

Drop in for a tipple at this wine bar and restaurant in a stunning heritage-listed bank building.

Percy and Percy

Savour classic breakfasts, seasonal lunches, coffee, sweets and treats at this Bendigo cafe.

The Dispensary Bar & Diner

Get your daily dose of fine food and wine at this compact chemist-turned- restaurant-and-wine-bar.

Willow Room

Gather for a feast at this European-style restaurant showcasing the region's fine wines and produce.

Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for central Victoria's produce at this stylish all-day eatery, wine bar and pantry store.

Mr Beebe's

Gather friends with equal appetites and swap stories over share plates of local, organic produce.

El Gordo

Live large at El Gordo (the Fat One), Chancery Lane's Southern European inspired cafe and art space.

Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your brew, all-day breakfast, and lunchtime meals.

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Bendigo Historic Post Office Tours

The grandeur of the Historic Post Office is demonstrated in the exterior details with gargoyles and...

Bendigo Blues Tram

This exciting concept combines two of Bendigo’s best attractions - its historic trams and sublime...

Bendigo Historic Post Office Tour

The Historic Post Office Tours in Bendigo operate regularly on Wednesday at 11:00am and Saturdays...

Bendigo Tour

Have you ever been to Bendigo? There’s a lot more to this beauty than you may think. Bendigo...

Food Fossicking Tour Bendigo

Come and tour beautiful Bendigo's best-loved foodie treasures. Taste your way around an artisan...

Bendigo Town Hall Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich stories of a golden past, explore stunning heritage architecture...

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