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We've got Bendigo down to a nine art: paddock-to-plate eateries and deep red shiraz, live-music tram tours and blockbuster exhibitions, open spaces for art and ambling, and state-of-the-art(y) hotels.

Explore our nine top reasons to Bendi-go.

1. Bendigo Art Gallery

Get to the art of it all at one of Australia's oldest and largest regional galleries, home to infinitely wanderable permanent collections and host of blockbuster touring national and international exhibitions.

2. Blues Tram

A tram ride through the city streets with live music and local beer? It's almost too good to be blue(s). Time your visit with the monthly Saturday tram tours for tunes from the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival.

3. Art Series Hotel

Stay in state-of-art comfort at the Schaller Studio. Inspired by artist Mark Schaller's working studio, this Art Series Hotel is decked out with original artworks and large scale sculptures. Beat the doubters and join an art class while you're there.

4. Masons of Bendigo

No secret handshakes, just the best of central Victoria's produce at this all-day eatery, wine bar and pantry store hatted by The Age Good Food Guide. This is your place for a top local paddock-to-plate experience.

5. Bendigo wine region

Paint the town red with the famous deep red shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the Bendigo wine region. Meet the vignerons and sip, swill and dine among the vines at cosy cellar doors. Don't miss Balgownie Estate.

6. Chancery Lane

Take a trip down Chancery Lane, with its cafes for people-watching, wine bars for red-quaffing, live music for toe-tapping and street art for selfie-snapping. Take it all in with a tipple at the Dispensary Bar & Diner or El Gordo.

7. Coffee

Find the small-batch specialty roast with the most at Brewhouse Coffee Roasters, where you can watch the roasters at work, or head to the corner store with more, Percy and Percy.

8. Architecture and parks

Wander wide streets paved with gold-rush goodies: grand banks, ornate hotels, majestic theatres and the gold-leaf-daubed town hall. Off road, amble 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park.

9. Bendigo Pottery

Get behind the wheel at Australia's oldest working pottery. Book a lesson with a potter and learn to throw a wheel. Pots of gold? Arrange on-site glazing and firing of your new treasures. Little Harry Potters in tow? Sign them up for Clay Play.

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Top reasons to visit

Bendigo

Cafes

El Gordo

Live large with breakfast, lunch and serious coffee at El Gordo (the Fat One), Chancery Lane's Spanish and Southern European inspired cafe and art space.

Parks & gardens

Rosalind Park

Explore the beautiful old gardens, historic conservatory, fernery, playground and 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park, in the centre of Bendigo.

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.

Restaurants

Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for central Victoria's produce with elegant savoury bites and share plates at this stylish eatery, wine bar and pantry store.

Cafes

Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your specialty brew, all-day breakfast classics and lunchtime sandwiches and pizzas. Fully licensed.

Food & wine tours

Bendigo Blues Tram

Bendigo Visitor Centre Tours

This exciting concept combines two of Bendigo’s best attractions - its historic trams and sublime music talent. Fans can enjoy a relaxed drink on the...

From $35

Food & wine

Bendigo wine region

While red wine lovers flock to Bendigo for the now famous shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, white wine fans should seek out chardonnay and riesling.

Cafes

Percy and Percy

When one Percy just isn't enough, savour classic breakfasts, seasonal lunches, coffee, sweets and treats at this Bendigo corner-store turned cafe.

Hotels

The Schaller Studio

Drawing from the art and cultural overtones of Bendigo, The Schaller Studio is inspired by Mark Schaller's working studio. With large edgy communal...

From $125 - $250

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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