Bendigo is an Australian gold rush town in Victoria. It is a beautiful town that has maximised its Victorian heritage and gold mining history to make an interesting destination for visitors. Its most important features are architectural, and a large number of its buildings are listed in the Victorian Heritage Register, and are administered by the National Trust.
Bendigo is an important regional financial, commercial, and social centre, and is home to the Bendigo Bank and the Bendigo Stock Exchange. It's a town for lovers of history and entertaining cultural pursuits, and with plenty to occupy the daytime, the nights are covered too, with an excellent food scene and vibrant entertainment.
The city caters for all ages with a mass of attractions that challenge, educate, amuse and entertain, and if you just fancy a night out at the cinema or in a pub, or want to dance until the wee small hours, you won't find Bendigo lacking.
Bendigo is about 150 kilometres north of the state capital Melbourne. The city's Tullamarine Airport is the nearest to Bendigo and the train ride lasts 90 minutes, as does the drive along the A79 Freeway.
Central Deborah Gold Mine - A fascinating tour deep into the underground to see the extraction of gold - you can choose from three depth levels. Tour includes a wander around the surface workings, equipment and machinery.
Bendigo Tram - A hop-on, hop-off tour with running commentary on a vintage tram that winds through the city's historic streets and its grand architecture. The depot and workshops are also open to visitors.
Confectionery Capers - A highly unusual, but entertaining exhibition and display, designed to challenge, and stimulate creative and lateral thinking. See the wheel in a whole new way, and enjoy language from a different perspective.
Golden Dragon Museum - A showcase of the heritage of the Chinese immigrants who came to work the Bendigo goldfields. Includes the beautiful Garden of Joy, constructed along the same lines as the Imperial Palace in Beijing, complete with a Buddhist temple.
Discovery Science and Technology Centre - Offers more than 100 interactive exhibits and displays to captivate and challenge kids of all ages. Includes whacky mirrors, a zero gravity slide and planetarium.
Buda Historic Home and Garden - An historic homestead dating from 1861. For 118 years, it was the gracious home of the goldsmithing Leviny family, and is filled with elegant furnishings, arts and crafts collections, and household belongings.
Bendigo Art Gallery - Exhibits art from the 1850s to the present day, in a beautiful Victorian building.
Bendigo Jockey Club - Enjoy a day at the races at one of the country's oldest racetracks.
Bendigo Pottery - Australia's oldest pottery brought to life in an interpretive museum which takes the visitor on a journey through pottery making that began here in 1858.
Zone Family Entertainment Complex - Great fun for all the family with roller skating, go-karting, laser tag, arcade games, mini golf, bouncy castles and an outdoor maze.
Winery Tours - You have to leave the city, but the surrounding countryside is peppered with small family run vineyards that are open for tours.