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BendigoAustralia

Cosy bars and restaurants, artists’ workshops and boutique shops lie behind heritage façades in this regional city and living museum of gold rush-era architecture.

Bendigo is Victoria’s third-largest city and features some of the finest Victorian-era architecture in the region, due to its opulent gold rush heritage. Wander through the historic city centre to find stately buildings dating back to the 1850s, now occupied by boutique stores, art galleries and restaurants serving excellent local produce and wines.

Plan your trip in Bendigo at the Tourist Information Centre, located in the historic old post office in Pall Mall, the city’s main strip. Take a walking tour of the city centre or jump aboard the historic Bendigo Tramway and find the Chinese Museum and Chinese Garden. Here, you can learn about Bendigo’s rich multicultural heritage, which boomed during the gold rush years. Check out the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral, a towering Gothic structure dating back to 1896.

Near the cathedral is Rosalind Park, a charming green oasis with a fountain. Take the short but steep stroll uphill to the Bendigo Mosaic and Poppet Head Lookout, a tower constructed from an old mine shaft. Take in city views from the top. Also near Rosalind Park is the Bendigo Art Gallery, which has a distinctive historic façade complemented by a modern extension. The street opposite the gallery is a well-known antiques strip.

Visit the Central Deborah Mine, just outside of the city centre, to tour around the historic goldmine’s surface or deep into its eerie shafts.

As evening falls, head to Chancery Lane, a humming alley filled with atmospheric bars and restaurants. This spot is also a great place to visit by day for a fun shopping experience. Head to the Capital, Ulumbarra Theatre or Engine Room and see a performance or musical act.

Explore outside the city to find scenic wineries and farmsteads with restaurants or cellar doors. Try Bendigo’s famous shiraz or a locally brewed beer. Visit the Bendigo Markets and local farmers’ markets on alternating weekends to shop for Bendigo’s high-quality produce and crafts. Nearby Epsom features Australia’s oldest ceramics workshop, Bendigo Pottery.

Bendigo is just over 90-minutes’ drive from Melbourne. You can also reach Bendigo from Melbourne and Adelaide via Victoria’s regional V/Line railway service. Hot summers and mild winters make Bendigo a pleasant city to visit in any month.

Top hotels in Bendigo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
All Seasons Resort
All Seasons Resort
4 out of 5
171-183 Mcivor Highway, Strathdale, VIC
The price is AU$140 per night from 22 Sep. to 23 Sep.

This family-friendly Bendigo motel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Bendigo Club, Greater Bendigo National Park and Grassy Flat Reservoir ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (915 reviews)

"Our room was nice enough and we enjoyed the indoor pool and spa. The food at the bistro could have been better."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2020

All Seasons Resort
Quest Bendigo Central
Quest Bendigo Central
4.5 out of 5
228 Mccrae Street, Bendigo, VIC
The price is AU$149 per night from 9 Oct. to 10 Oct.

Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Dragon Museum, Ulumbarra Theatre and Rosalind Park. Bendigo Art Gallery ...

4.4/5Excellent! (743 reviews)

"Comfortable, take a walk around lake, pleasant staff."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2020

Quest Bendigo Central
Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
3.5 out of 5
286 Napier Street, Bendigo, VIC
The price is AU$125 per night from 1 Oct. to 2 Oct.

Located in the heart of Bendigo, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Weeroona and Lake Weeroona Park. White Hills Sediments Geological Reserve and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (928 reviews)

"Super clean room, friendly staff, a very relaxing stay"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2020

Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo

Popular places to visit in Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery
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Bendigo Art Gallery

4.5/5(220 reviews)

Go on a journey through two centuries of art as you explore the galleries of one of Australia’s oldest regional galleries and its sleek contemporary wing.

Rosalind Park
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Rosalind Park

4.5/5(168 reviews)

Bendigo’s central park tells the city’s story through historic relics, heritage gardens, leafy avenues and a beautiful 19th-century conservatory.

Central Deborah Gold Mine
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Central Deborah Gold Mine

4.5/5(90 reviews)

For an exciting and immersive history experience, descend into Bendigo’s mineshafts and learn about the city’s rich gold-mining heritage on a guided tour.

Top activities in Bendigo

Private seated wine tasting at Munari Wines
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Private seated wine tasting at Munari Wines

AU$10
Per adult

Reviews of Bendigo

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

AngusR

27 Mar. 2020

A wonderful old gold mining city with grand and historic buildings and gardens. Queen Elizabeth Oval is a fantastic facility. Dining in Bendigo is on par with any major city in Aus. The Dispensary is a must and is just around the corner of the hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Great town with lots of friendly people, will spend more time on next visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Bendigo Central shopping area is a bit sad with so many shops closed. Marketplace is really good.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Mar. 2020

Main reason visiting was for an exhibition at the racecourse. But will return again for a more leisurely break soon

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Feb. 2020

Beautiful old buildings and lots of green spaces

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Feb. 2020

Went for a basketball comp, Bendigo good although limited options to fill in time on a Sunday between games, not a lot of shops or Cafes open in Mall