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Bendigo

Travel Guide
Bendigo showing a city

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 $85 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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! (963 reviews)
"The section we were in was an old style motor inn"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
Mercure Bendigo Schaller
Mercure Bendigo Schaller
4 out of 5
60 Lucan Street, Bendigo, VIC
The price is $93 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in the heart of Bendigo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Weeroona and Golden Dragon Museum. Ulumbarra Theatre and Lake Weeroona Park are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Nice hotel across the road from the hospital. Plenty of free parking on site. The lobby/cafe/bar area is beautiful! We had a small room with a balcony which was perfect for one night."

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Mercure Bendigo Schaller
All Seasons Resort
All Seasons Resort
4 out of 5
171-183 Mcivor Highway, Strathdale, VIC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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! (970 reviews)
"Very clean accommodation. Friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

All Seasons Resort
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.
Avondel Caravan Park
Avondel Caravan Park
2 out of 5
723 Calder Highway, Maiden Gully, VIC
The price is $133 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in Maiden Gully, this campground 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! (51 reviews)
"Room was clean and tidy. However, I booked and paid for a 2 bedroom cabin for 2 people but only one bed was made when we arrived. I had to pay extra for more bed linen which hadn’t arrived by the time we left the cabin for the afternoon. When we got back late that night the linen was there but the ..."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2021

Avondel Caravan Park
Urban Edge Apartment Two
Urban Edge Apartment Two
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 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
comfy
"Very clean, Comfortable, Plenty of pots and pans crockery cutlery in the kitchen. Extra blankets in the cupboard."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Urban Edge Apartment Two
Tilly's Cottage- Close to Hospital and Showgrounds
Tilly's Cottage- Close to Hospital and Showgrounds
Bendigo, VIC
Located in North Bendigo, this family-friendly Bendigo cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Dragon Museum and Ulumbarra Theatre. Hargreaves Mall and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (78 reviews)
Warm and inviting
"This sums up both the accommodation and the communications with our hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Tilly’s cottage. The bedrooms were very comfortable and had much appreciated heating for those frosty mornings. The gas fire was easy to operate and added charm to the living room. The kitchen ..."

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Tilly's Cottage- Close to Hospital and Showgrounds
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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