Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world's greatest gold rushes. Every visit will reveal new surprises and experiences. With the gusto of a gold-seeking miner, the people who live here are creating fascinating products, services and stories that add to the richness of the region's boom time past. Modern day Bendigo has sublime food, wine and shopping experiences against a stunning heritage backdrop.
Since the gold boom times of 1871, the local Chinese community have come together to add Chinese dragons, regalia and startling crackers to Australia's longest continuous festival – the Bendigo Easter Festival.
WHAT TO DO IN BENDIGO
Go deep underground in a miner's cage on an authentic deep-shaft mine experience at Central Deborah Goldmine. Rattle along on our famous Vintage Talking Tram Tour that weaves through the streets of Bendigo, telling wonderful stories of days gone by.
The original 1860's Chinese Joss House and the Golden Dragon Museum display the Chinese heritage of the area and house the world's oldest Imperial Dragon, Loong.
Bendigo Art Gallery has a strong reputation with a significant collection. An award-winning architecturally designed café was added to the building in recent times.
Create your own ceramic piece at Australia's oldest working pottery. Bendigo Pottery is famous, with its display and sales complex set around vast old beehive kilns. Dozens of smaller studios and galleries in Bendigo profile artists of the region.
For the curious at heart, there's a great experience for you at Confectionary Capers. A guided tour of Bendigo's magnificent Town Hall is a must. Free fall from Australia's highest Vertical Slide at Discovery Science & Technology Centre or take to the many walking trail or cycling trail through Bendigo's fabulous city centre or beyond.
A bush-walk through the tranquil Whipstick Forest, fossicking for gold near historic Maldon or cycling around beautiful wineries on route to Castlemaine could be for you.