From Bendigo station, head along Mitchell Street, then veer up Lyttleton Terrace to Bendigo Wholefoods, a community hub with eat-in treats and laden aisles of carefully selected kitchen supplies.

Mosey back to Queen Street to Masons of Bendigo, the town's fine dining hero and a champion of local produce.

Back onto Mitchell Street and over the highway to View Street, options are crammed helpfully close. Start at grand Wine Bank on View with its magnificent liquid library, then onward to Harvest Food and Wine for home-baked goodies.

Head through Rosalind Park to the Bendigo Community Farmers Market (second Saturday of each month), then tuck down Chancery Lane to Spanish-leaning El Gordo and wine bar The Dispensary.

Pop out on Hargreaves Street, then left onto Williamson Street. Follow smoky aromas to The Woodhouse for Bendigo's best steak, then it's a short hop back to the station. 3km