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Bendigo Travel Guide: what to see and do
Bendigo Travel Guide: what to see and do
Bendigo Travel Guide: what to see and do

A weekend getaway Bendigo is the answer or consider a summer holiday exploring the goldfields of Victoria Bendigo makes a well positioned hub for getting around.

Bendigo is only two hours drive from Melbourne, the town is visitor friendly with cafes, galleries and events year round to welcome visitors both local and international. Yet Ballarat is much closer to Melbourne,  Ballarat has the fabulous Sovereign Hill with its stagecoaches, 19th century main street and gold panning.  Yet Bendigo has a gold mine,  with a tour that is definitely ‘real’, a vintage talking tram and a personality that is Bendigo.   Bendigo is authentic, it is heritage Victorian goldfields and is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Bendigo is not better than Ballarat.  The two towns offer different experiences.

Bendigo historic post office now visitor centre

Highlights

Bendigo has a wedding destination, a place for indulgence, a honeymoon

  • Luxurious accommodation with local wineries offering catering services nestled among vineyard gardens.
  • Bendigo has a number of spas and wellness centres.  Check with a trusted advisor for tips on the best venue for your requirements.
  • Guests have a choice of activities from cycling trails, parks to exercise in, heritage fans have nineteenth century buildings to examine and culture fans world class galleries and craft shops to wander through.

Bendigo is a great place for families to visit either for a weekend or an extended stay

  • An authentic mine tour suitable for all ages.
  • Lakes and parks to kick a ball, jump and run in.
  • Talking tram ride.
  • Rural town vibe where casual and relaxed charm offers something for everyone.

Bendigo is Victorian heritage and history in spades.  

  • An original Deborah gold mine.
  • Heritage buildings and sites.
  • Oldest continuous working pottery in Australia.
  • Archeological sites.

What is the best time to visit?

Year round.

Weather

Summer with activities and street events Bendigo has throngs of visitors relishing food inspired festivals, concerts and gallery exhibit ions and cycling and sports events.

Spring and Autumn Bendigo is awash with the colours of new or seasoned growth.  The temperature is between 15-25c making outdoors comfortable.

Winter temperatures between 11-15c make for brisk days with layers necessary.  The Bendigo Art Gallery, welcoming cafes, country walks and the always reliable talking tram provide lots of indoor activities.  Perhaps the time for an indulgent spa weekend in Bendigo.

What to see and do in Bendigo

Start your weekend on a Bendigo talking tram.  The tram has six stops, hop on and hop off.  Bendigo’s key landmarks and  monuments    The glorious interior and the professionalism of the tram’s team makes for an entertaining way to get around Bendigo.  Bendigo Tram is a not for profit community organisation.  Your ticket purchase is a feel good visitor investment as it is visitor dollars are supporting local endeavours.  You can purchase tickets online or at the tram stops.  Guests are given an up to date timetable upon entering the tram.

Tram stops include 

  • Deborah Gold Mine, a must do adventure exploring an original gold mine tunnels. 
  • Charing Cross (Alexandra Foundation) stop where the Victorian, ornate Alexandra Fountain is a distinctive landmark.  The foundation was opened by two of Queen Victoria’s grandsons, a mark of the wealth of the gold mining industry. 
  • Bendigo Tramways Depot (tram museum) is a collection of historic trams and a workshop dedicated to the upkeep of Bendigo trams. 
  • Lake Weeroona, Nolan St is a park for all age groups with playgrounds, ducks to feed, cafes and walking tracks.  It is a favourite for locals to exercise and congregate. 
  • Tysons Reef Hotel, Weeroona St, classic pub food in a heritage listed hotel.  Like all good historic buildings, slightly creaky with lots of character.
  • Bendigo’s Joss House Temple (Finn St) is the Chinese Dragon Museum location.  The Chinese miners, at the peak was one in five males (1850’s) was Chinese.  Their stories and other immigrants can be read at Many Roads: Chinese on the Goldfields. The Golden Dragon Museum celebrates the area’s Chinese heritage through artefacts and artwork.  Intimate and detailed record of Chinese immigration contribution to Australia is stored in the library.  The Museum has a gift shop.

Culture & Art  

Bendigo Town Hall Tour - Bendigo & Heathcote

189-193 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia

Sandhurst Gaol Tour - Bendigo & Heathcote

10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia

Let your fingers do the scrolling and check out  Markets, Bendigo Farmers Market – Explore Bendigo which market is open and obtain up to date information.  Fresh produce, locally produced wine, preserved goods and locally crafted artisan goods.  During winter some stalls might not attend weekly markets.

Bendigo Art Gallery

42 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia

Shopping & retail therapy

Bendigo Pottery Established in 1858, Bendigo Pottery offers pot-making workshops and ceramics displays.  The museum is a snapshot of 19th century pottery techniques with modern technology providing a contrast between yesterday and current pottery manufacturing practices.  The shop has an extensive collection for sale.  There is a shop selection of seconds which have not passed the quality control process yet are considered for sale at a discounted price. Bargains with a flaw.  PIck up a gift from the extensive premium or seconds displays.  A great reminder of your Bendigo weekend.  Attached to the pottery premises are a number of independent artisans and craft vendors.  The workshops include sculptures in iron and woodwork. 

Distance from Bendigo Town Centre 6.5km.

Active: adventure up and away

Hot Air Balloon Bendigo

10 Bond St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia

Bendigo street art walking tour

5 Chancery Ln, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia

Bendigo walks

Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia

Where to stay

Bendigo accommodation choices galore to suit every budget.  Stay in Bendigo & Heathcote – Explore Bendigo is an excellent place to start for information about where to stay in Bendigo.  Our guide recommends you stay within walking distance of major attractions, check with google maps where the proposed stay is in relation to the talking tram or town hall.

Travel pack information

Walks and trails Eureka Heritage Reef Walk PDF

Bendigo City tour map PDF

Bendigo is a place you can return to.  

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