Bendigo

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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, 3550
The price is $89 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Bendigo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Garden area around the pool needs to be maintained, new outdoor seats to be placed at the courtyard rooms. Even though rooms are older it can be presented better to reflect newer facilities."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Quality Hotel Lakeside Bendigo
All Seasons Resort
All Seasons Resort
4 out of 5
171-183 Mcivor Highway, Strathdale, VIC, 3550
The price is $93 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly motel in Bendigo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"Staff were lovely and room was very clean ..would recommend.."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

All Seasons Resort
Alexandra Place
Alexandra Place
3.5 out of 5
200 McCrae St, Bendigo, VIC, 3550
The price is $92 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Bendigo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (697 reviews)
"Alexandra Place was a pleasant place to stay be aware of limited parking I had to park on back street. Easy checkin with room keypad details text to me prior to arrival I had an issue with getting in but resolved quickly with a call to contact number. Very clean and tidy no noise located next to ..."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Alexandra Place
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.
DeBeers Townhouses Bendigo
DeBeers Townhouses Bendigo
Bendigo, VIC
The price is $127 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Bendigo. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (113 reviews)
"Very nice stay, good location - just watch out for the last step at the top of the staircase, when the lights are not on, the dark carpet makes it hard to see the step. Good heating for winter!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

DeBeers Townhouses Bendigo
A-line Holiday Park
A-line Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
5615 Calder Highway, Big Hill, VIC, 3555
Stay at this 3.5-star campground in Bendigo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (410 reviews)
"Well designed and the park well maintained. Stayed in A-Line and most comfortable. Just two of us so did not need upstairs area. Two TVs with Netflix, etc."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

A-line Holiday Park
Urban Edge Apartment Two
Urban Edge Apartment Two
Kangaroo Flat, Victoria
Stay at this apartment in Bendigo. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Kangaroo Flat Bushland Reserve and Charcoal Gully Bushland Reserve ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Was good
"Lovely place to stay"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Urban Edge Apartment Two
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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