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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.

Top Hotels in Bendigo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Shamrock Bendigo
Hotel Shamrock Bendigo
4 out of 5
Corner of Pall Mall & Williamson St, Bendigo, VIC
$73
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Situated in Bendigo, this hotel is steps from Post Office Gallery, Hargreaves Mall, and Bendigo Library. Bendigo Town Hall and Rosalind Park are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,356 reviews)

"Loved the history of this old hotel. The location within the town was perfect. Just a little road noise though."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Hotel Shamrock Bendigo
Mercure Bendigo Schaller
Mercure Bendigo Schaller
3.5 out of 5
60 Lucan Street, Bendigo, VIC
$85
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in the heart of Bendigo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Dragon Museum, Ulumbarra Theatre, and Post Office Gallery. Rosalind Park and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,616 reviews)

"Liked the art theme. Dining/bar area was trendy but very noisy. No full length mirror in the room. Signage was needed on the outside of the building. The entrance & building looked as if they were a part of the hospital"…"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019

Mercure Bendigo Schaller
Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
3.5 out of 5
286 Napier Street, Bendigo, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$76
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in the heart of Bendigo, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bendigo Joss House Temple, Golden Dragon Museum, and Bendigo Town Hall. Bendigo Library ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (879 reviews)

"Well presented property however staff not very attentive"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo

Popular things to do in Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery
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Bendigo Art Gallery

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Go on a journey through two centuries of art as you explore the galleries of one of Australia’s oldest regional galleries and its sleek contemporary wing.

Rosalind Park
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Rosalind Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Bendigo’s central park tells the city’s story through historic relics, heritage gardens, leafy avenues and a beautiful 19th-century conservatory.

Central Deborah Gold Mine
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Central Deborah Gold Mine

4.5/5(4 reviews)

For an exciting and immersive history experience, descend into Bendigo’s mineshafts and learn about the city’s rich gold-mining heritage on a guided tour.

Bendigo Library
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Bendigo Library

3/5(1 review)

Bendigo’s local community hub is a great place to learn about the Goldfields region, read a book at the café or bring the family for a day of educational fun.

Golden Dragon Museum
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Golden Dragon Museum

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Bendigo’s rich Chinese heritage is showcased at this museum, which follows the culture’s influence in the city from the gold rush to the present day.

Hargreaves Mall
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Hargreaves Mall

4/5(2 reviews)

Indulge in some retail therapy, grab a drink or a bite to eat or catch one of the many events that take place in Bendigo’s central shopping precinct.

Top activities in Bendigo

Sandhurst Gaol Tour
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Sandhurst Gaol Tour

$11
Per adult
Bendigo Town Hall Tour
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Bendigo Town Hall Tour

$11
Per adult
Bendigo Vintage Talking Tram Tour
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Bendigo Vintage Talking Tram Tour

$13
Per adult

Reviews of Bendigo

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 27, 2019

Would hss as he liked more time to visit the art museum and Chinese museum

4/5 - Good

Yvonne

Oct 12, 2018

Nice hotel near lake which is lovely

5/5 - Excellent

patrick

Oct 11, 2018

will come again

4/5 - Good

Wayne

Oct 10, 2018

Clean and tidy town that has retained a lot of its old heritage, beautiful gardens.