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Bendigo
Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Bendigo

Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
3.5 out of 5
286 Napier Street, Bendigo, VIC
The price is £68 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

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! (964 reviews)

"Modern; great bathroom with walk-in shower, comfortable bed. Bright and airy with Netflix"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2021

Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
All Seasons Resort
All Seasons Resort
4 out of 5
171-183 Mcivor Highway, Strathdale, VIC
The price is £78 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (939 reviews)

"Great resort, clean and comfortable rooms. Friendly staff, easy onsite parking. Excellent BBQ area and swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2021

All Seasons Resort
Allawah Bendigo
Allawah Bendigo
4 out of 5
45 View Street, Bendigo, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Situated in Bendigo, this apartment building is steps away from Bendigo Art Gallery and The Capital-Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre. Rosalind Park and Queen ...

4.2/5Excellent! (235 reviews)

"The location is perfect for central Bendigo city sights."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2021

Allawah Bendigo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
A-line Holiday Park
A-line Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
5615 Calder Highway, Big Hill, VIC

Located in Big Hill, this campsite is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lansell Plaza Shopping Centre and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Charcoal Gully Bushland Reserve. Kangaroo Flat ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (374 reviews)

"Location was superb, only 20 min. drive from Castlemaine and Bendigo. Accommodation was clean and comfortable. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

A-line Holiday Park
Avondel Caravan Park
Avondel Caravan Park
2 out of 5
723 Calder Highway, Maiden Gully, VIC
The price is £95 per night from 15 Apr to 16 Apr

Located in Maiden Gully, this campsite is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bendigo Stadium, Central Deborah Gold Mine and Bendigo Art Gallery. Rosalind Park and Bendigo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (50 reviews)

"The so called standard cabin was in poor repair - not able to lock screen door as no key and hole in wire. Inside it was dirty and there were black spiders, one which landed on myself. The sofa was unusable and the sewerage pipe ran under the cabin, making loud noises. When advised re spiders the ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019

Avondel Caravan Park
Urban Edge Apartment Four
Urban Edge Apartment Four
High Street 80, Bendigo, VIC

Located in Kangaroo Flat, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kangaroo Flat Bushland Reserve, Charcoal Gully Bushland Reserve and Kangaroo ...

Urban Edge Apartment Four
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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