Bendigo - Cities, Towns and Localities
"City of Gold"
Gold originally discovered in Bendigo by Margaret Kennedy the wife of an
overseer in 1851 was to transform this once placid rural area inhabited
by the Jaara aboriginal tribe into a bustling metropolis with some of
Victoria's finest buildings, botanical gardens, and religious
By 1854 over 3,000 Chinese immigrants had moved into the area providing a
rich Asian influence on the development of the area. Visit the Golden
Dragon Museum and Chinese Gardens to view the rich Chinese influences. The town at this
time was called Sandhurst, this name stuck until 1891 when it was
renamed Bendigo in honour of a local boxer who used to graze his sheep
along the Bendigo creek.
only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne this inland city is easily accessible from
Melbourne and also at the junction of three highways make this town the central
focus point of inland Victoria.
The town has a significant cultural
community with a fine art gallery to
rival those in major cities and a performing arts centre second only to
the theatres in Melbourne. There
are many wineries in the surrounding regions many with cellar doors and
tastings all year round.
Once in Bendigo you will find a myriad of antique stores, art
galleries, European style cafes and eateries all surrounded by tree
lined streets and the slow rattle of the trams as they trundle their way
through the centre of town... an ideal way to experience
tram travel of yesteryear.
Check out our listing of
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View St, BENDIGO VIC 3550
03 5443 4991
10 am- 5 pm Entry by Donation
Over the last 120 years plus, Bendigo
Art Gallerys has successfully positioned itself as the most vibrant and
progressive gallery within regional Australia. Boasting a collection of 19th,
20th, and 21st century art, alongside a diverse and challenging temporary
exhibition program, Bendigo is a must see attraction.
Bendigo Art Gallery has completed an extensive building and renovation program
which has seen the addition of a new contemporary wing, storage areas, the
restoration of the period rooms, construction of a new entrance, a new gallery
shop, improved wheelchair access and a gallery cafe.
Bendigo Botanic Gardens
Established over 150 years ago,
Bendigo Botanic Garden is Bendigos oldest park. Current plans for upgrade and
restoration of the botanic garden will see it expand and include the White Hills
Welcome from here you can view
photographs and details of Heritage Classified Buildings in
Bendigo, follow our plan for a pleasant and informative
heritage walk around the centre of Bendigo, or find
information and funding for your own heritage restoration or
Bendigo Performing Arts Centre
Located on historic View St, The Capital - Bendigo's
Performing Arts Centre boasts the finest entry of any arts
centre in the nation. The interior, including that of the
Capital Theatre, has been restored to its original Victorian
splendour and grandeur.
Established in 1858 Bendigo Pottery is
Australia's oldest working pottery. The new Interpretive
Museum opened in 2002, allowing visitors to step back in
time and learn about the production processes, machinery,
working conditions and traditional skills. Features of the
museum include; a theatrette inside a restored wood fired
kiln, video's and sounds capes, collection of early Bendigo
Pottery, timeline display detailing the development of
Bendigo Pottery and views into the current production areas.
Other features include sales gallery with shopping at
factory prices, potters workshop with throwing
demonstrations, free clay play for children, wheel throwing
lessons, cafe, studio potters all in a setting of historic
buildings and magnificent rose gardens.
Deborah Gold Mine
Provides a unique and memorable
introduction to Bendigo and its history. A trip 20 storeys
below Bendigo is the way to go. Central Deborah Gold Mine is
a real gold mine. Pop on your hard hat with its miners light
and take a leisurely stroll on Level 2 of the mine to learn
about the fascinating history of gold mining in Bendigo or
try out the new and exciting adventure tour on Level 3. Yes
you will be able to see gold in the quartz reef on the
mine's tunnels. Central Deborah is the real thing!
Chinese Gardens and Golden Dragon Museum
5 - 13
Bridge St, Bendigo Ph: 03 5441 5044
Experience a living
history of the Chinese people of Bendigo from the Gold Rush
of the 1850's to today. On permanent display is 'Sun Loong'
the longest Imperial Dragon in the world and 'Loong' the
oldest Imperial Dragon in the world. Souvenirs and guided
tours. Adults $7, Cons $5.
Chinese Joss House
Finn Street, Emu Point, Bendigo
Ph: 03 5442 1685
Original Chinese temple built in the
1860's. Classified and operated by the National Trust.
Follow tram tracks to terminus past Lake Weeroona. Adults
$3, Children $1, Families $6 (up to 4 children), Concession
Living Wings and Things
Bendigo Pottery Tourist
Complex - Midland Hwy, EPSOM VIC 3551
Ph: 03 5448 3051
Delight in a collection of free flying exotic butterflies.
Walk through landscaped aviaries home to colourful
native Parrots. Enter the reptile house, home to many
species of lizards and snakes. Open 7 days except Christmas
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been actively
working towards conserving and protecting our heritage for
future generations to enjoy. The National Trust is an
independent non-profit organisation, supported by a large
community base. It is the premier heritage and conservation
organisation in the state, and the major operator of house
museums and historic properties open to the public.
Bendigo Easter Festival
Held over the Easter period March/April
This is a festival for the
people by the people. Featuring fireworks extravaganza,
Chinese spring festival, gala parade and lots more.
Bendigo National Swap
Running for over 30 years, the
Bendigo National Swap Meet is the biggest swap meet in the southern hemisphere
and continues to grow more popular and larger each year.
VIC Tours Outback
Ph: 03 5444 4841
is a registered commercial hot air ballooning business
offering joy rides to individuals, and aerial and charter
services to business organizations. The work includes
corporate advertising, film and television production work,
corporate leadership training, and pilot tuition.
Distance to Bendigo
Following are some approximate distances by
road to Bendigo:
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate
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of Greater Bendigo
Is one of Victorias largest
and most progressive regional municipalities with a
population of over 92,000 people. Located in the exact
geographic centre of Victoria, only 90 minutes from
Melbourne, Bendigo is a modern, thriving city with a
bustling local economy featuring a mild climate. Bendigo
boasts fantastic restaurants, great shopping, acclaimed
wineries, exciting attractions, glorious streetscapes,
wonderful parks and gardens, magnificent heritage buildings,
and best of all - a great lifestyle!
Experience the charm and vitality of
Victorias premier country destination ... After a pleasant
two hour drive from Melbourne, your first glimpse of Bendigo
is through an avenue of majestic plane trees. Spires from a
19th century cathedral rise about the leaves. In the centre
of town, historic sandstone buildings nestle amongst
century-old gardens and established trees.