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Bendigo - Cities, Towns and Localities

Bendigo Historical Precinct

"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 institutions.

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.
 

Bendigo Performing Arts Centre

Bendigo TramAt 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 Bendigo accommodation and Goldfields Region accommodation. 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.

Information Centre

Bendigo Visitor Information Centre
51-67 Pall Mall
BENDIGO VIC 3550
Ph: 03 5444 4433
Freecall: 1800 813 153 (within Australia)
Fax: 03 5444 4447
Web: www.bendigotourism.com

 

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Bendigo Attractions

Bendigo Art Gallery
• 42 View St, BENDIGO VIC 3550 • Ph: 03 5443 4991 • Email • 10 am- 5 pm • Entry by Donation
• Over the last 120 years plus, Bendigo Art Gallery’s 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 Bendigo’s oldest park. Current plans for upgrade and restoration of the botanic garden will see it expand and include the White Hills Recreation Reserve.
Bendigo Heritage
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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 maintenance.
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.
Bendigo Pottery LogoBendigo Pottery
• 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.
Central Deborah Gold Mine LogoCentral 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 $2.
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 day.
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
• Since 1956 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.

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Bendigo Events

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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 Meet • bendigoswaponline
• November
• 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.
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Bendigo Tours

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Bendigo Ballooning
• Ph: 03 5444 4841 • Email
• Bendigo Ballooning 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.
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Bendigo Distance

Distance to Bendigo
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Bendigo:
  Km
• Ararat 158.3
• Avoca 95.8
• Bacchus Marsh 131.2
• Ballarat 117.1
• Benalla 195.9
• Castlemaine 38.1
• Clunes 89.7
• Daylesford 75.1
• Echuca 91.2
• Geelong 175.4
• Heathcote 45.8
• Horsham 213.3
• Kilmore 94.9
  Km
• Kyabram 109.2
• Kyneton 66.4
• Mansfield 212.6
• Maryborough 69.4
• Melbourne 151.0
• Nagambie 98.2
• Seymour 95.2
• Shepparton 120.8
• St Arnaud 106.2
• Stawell 176.0
• Tatura 107.5
• Wangaratta 235.6
• Woodend 81.7
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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