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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.

Steeped in history

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 abounds

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. Explore the host of smaller galleries and antique stores around town and take a stroll down Chancery and Bath Lanes for an encounter with colourful street art.

For performing arts, catch shows big and small at the elegant Capital Theatre (1873) and the Ulumbarra Theatre, a striking complex on the grounds of the historic Sandhurst Gaol.

Wining and dining

Celebrate the paddock-to-plate philosophy with a meal to remember at Masons 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.

Free wi-fi

Get free wi-fi around town, including at Bendigo Gallery and the View Street Arts Precinct.

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Dining out

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El Gordo

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

The Dispensary

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

The Woodhouse Restaurant

Specialising in premium wagyu and dry aged grass feed beef, regional meats and wood fired pizza,...

Mr Beebe's Eating House & Bar

Gather friends with equal appetites and swap stories over share plates of local, organic produce.

Masons of Bendigo

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

Rocks on Rosalind

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

GPO Kitchen and Bar

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

Percy and Percy

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

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Things to do

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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.

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.

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.

Pubs

Goldmines Hotel

Stop for a pint at this once-dreary country pub, now boasting a wide range of craft beers, lush green gardens, and friendly atmosphere to match.

Museums

Golden Dragon Museum

Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.

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....

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.

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Introduction to Paddleboarding Lessons

Stillwater Paddleboards offer the perfect introduction to stand up paddleboarding, designed to get...

Bendigo Blues Tram

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

Bendigo Historic Post Office Tours

The grandeur of the Historic Post Office is demonstrated in the exterior details with gargoyles and...

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