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Bendigo

Experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.

History and heritage

Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage architecture. Don a miner's hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city's Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia's oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.

Art and culture

Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct while wandering along View Street. Pop into the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887), which contains a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and attracts significant exhibitions from across the globe, and explore the host of smaller galleries and antique stores around town.

For performing arts, catch shows big and small at the elegant Capital Theatre (1873) and the brand new Ulumbarra Theatre, set in grounds of the historic Sandhurst Gaol.

Wining and dining

Celebrate the paddock-to-plate philosophy with a meal to remember at Mason's of Bendigo, hatted by the Good Food Guide. Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.

Foodies, prepare to fossick for fabulous local produce – pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Pocket Guide at the Bendigo Visitors Centre.

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Things to do

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Art galleries

Bendigo Living Arts Space

The historic Bendigo Post Office, built in 1887, is now home to the Bendigo Visitor Centre, the Living Arts Space and the Post Office Gallery....

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

Shopping

Chancery Lane

An eclectic mix of food, fashion and art has awakened one of Bendigo’s most endearing laneways. This little charmer was once known as Dispensary Lane...

Architecture & design

Bendigo Joss House Temple

Explore this historic 1860s temple, constructed with local brick, and learn the stories of the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold.

Local produce

Bendigo Wholefoods

Find foodie nirvana at this community foodstore, deli, garden nursery, cafe and providore specialising in local and artisanal produce.

Cycling

O'Keefe Rail Trail

Take a leisurely trip around Lake Weeroona near Bendigo, through native bushland and dry forest, past kangaroos, wallabies, parrots and honeyeaters.

Parks & gardens

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Admire rare and fine botanic specimens, picnic by the pavilion, stroll by the lagoon and walk through the aviary at Bendigo's historic botanic garden.

Art galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery

Stop by the Bendigo Art Gallery and see works by contemporary Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Bill Henson.

Art galleries

Bendigo Pottery

Explore the gallery showcasing ceramics and artwork or throw a pot on the wheel and create your very own piece of art.

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Dining out

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Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for central Victoria's finest produce at Masons, hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

GPO Kitchen and Bar

GPO offers relaxed dining with attentive service and a cool vibe. The modern Mediterranean menu is...

Wine Bank on View

Drop in for a tipple at this wine bar and restaurant in a stunning heritage-listed bank building.

The Dispensary

Get your daily dose of fine food and wine at this compact chemist-turned- restaurant-and-wine-bar.

El Gordo

Live large at El Gordo (the Fat One), Chancery Lane's Southern European inspired cafe and art space.

Rocks on Rosalind

Bank on a delicious experience of old and new with innovative cuisine in a heritage-listed building.

Percy and Percy

Savour classic breakfasts, seasonal lunches, coffee, sweets and treats at this Bendigo cafe.

Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your brew, all-day breakfast, and lunchtime meals.

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Fortuna Villa High Tea and Tours

Kept secure for many years for Defence purposes, the Villa will once again allow the public in to...

Bendigo Blues Tram

This exciting concept combines two of Bendigo’s best attractions - its historic trams and sublime...

Bendigo Town Hall Tour

Step back into the Golden Era and experience one of the most remarkable boom time buildings in...

From Market to Paddock to Plate

Unearth Central Victoria’s food and wine bounty. Starting at the Bendigo Community Farmer’s Market...

Bendigo Tulip Tour

During September and early October, Bendigo is covered in beautiful tulips. The annual Conservatory...

Bendigo Epicurean Private Tour

Straddle the centuries as you explore both Bendigo’s bountiful past as a beneficiary of gold rush...

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