Bendigo Visitor Centre

Greater Bendigo Region:
Bendigo History

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Greater Bendigo Region:
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Central Deborah Gold MIne

Greater Bendigo Region:
Underground Gold Tours

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The Greater Bendigo Region is a thriving arts and culinary centre.


Bendigo is a vital precinct to explore. Built on the spoils of the gold rush and on multiculturalism, it has much more to offer. Impressive Victorian-era buildings line the streets. Some buildings offer the most notable architecture, sculptures and gardens in Australia. This is a lasting legacy of Bendigo’s rich heritage. 

Bendigo’s new legacy

Bendigo offers a range of new treasures. The arts and cultural precinct is home to independent boutiques and vintage stores. It’s a place of creativity and innovation.

Tour overground and underground

Hop on the vintage Bendigo talking tram and trundle through the past, then don overalls and a hard hat to head underground in the Central Deborah Gold Mine. If you’re feeling creative, you can try your hand at the potter’s wheel in Australia’s oldest working pottery.

Food and global recognition

Bendigo is a designated UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy. Dine in laneways and basement restaurants, former glass factories and heritage buildings. Join a food fossickers tour to meet the makers and producers putting Bendigo on the map.

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Greater Bendigo Region

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Be Inspired:

  • Head underground in search of gold in one of Bendigo’s key mines from the 19th century.
  • Flex your wallet in Chancery Lane home to an eclectic mix of fashion , art, food and beverages.
  • Take in the works of many contemporary Australian artists and International exhibitions at renowned Bendigo Art Gallery.
  • Taste and sample your way around the culinary delights of Bendigo on a foodie tour.
  • Explore the O’Keefe Rail Trail – a 49km ride or walk that follows an old railway track.
  • Chinese culture has been prevalent in Bendigo since the gold rush and the Golden Dragon Museum pays homage to the stories and traditions.
  • Sample award winnings reds from over 60 cellars doors in the Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions.
  • Climb and take in the views from the largest Buddhist temple in the Western World

Visit Towns of the Greater Bendigo Region

Create your experience in the Bendigo Region

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Balgownie Estate Bendigo

Balgownie Estate, Bendigo’s oldest working winery established in 1969, is a picturesque 33-hectare property overlooking Myer’s Creek at Maiden Gully. Only a 2-hour drive from Melbourne CBD, it features boutique…

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Bendigo Art Gallery

We are one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia. Audiences come from around Australia to our innovative international exhibitions, public programs and events. Featuring Australian Art from…

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Bendigo Ernest Hotel

Welcome to Bendigo Ernest Hotel – a requisite destination for the discerning traveler, for the seeker of style, for the avid historian, for the cultural connoisseur. Situated in the heart…

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Bendigo Joss House Temple

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple you will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold. Opened in…

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Bendigo Tramways

Bendigo Tramways has been in operation since June 1890. From that time, the citizens of Bendigo have experienced battery, steam and electric traction as the principal modes of propulsion for…

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Bendigo Visitor Centre

Start your Bendigo experience by visiting one of the grandest Visitor Centre’s in Australia, Bendigo Visitor Centre. Bendigo Visitor Centre is housed in the former historic Post Office, which showcases…

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Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre

The Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre is located in the magnificent Market Building, built circa 1862. It is a great place to begin your exploration of this diverse region. The Visitor…

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Central Deborah Gold Mine

History comes alive at the Central Deborah Gold Mine that operated during the gold rushes of the 1800s and 1900s. Explore the hidden underground tunnels of a real gold mine.…

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Golden Dragon Museum

The Golden Dragon Museum is a living history of the Chinese people of Bendigo and now as the hub of Chinese cultural activity in Australia the museum allows visitors to…

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Heathcote Visitor Centre

Heathcote Visitor Centre is located in High Street in the centre of Heathcote, with good access and visibility to all travellers. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can assist you to…

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The concept of hygge encompasses an atmosphere of warmth, wellbeing and cosiness. It’s when you feel at peace & are able to enjoy simple pleasures and be in the moment. Inspired by this concept, Gina & Danny wanted to create a social space where anyone could come and enjoy delicious food & drink in the heart of Bendigo.

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Maldon Visitor Information Centre

The Maldon Visitor Information Centre is your first port of call to learn more about a town steeped in history. The National Trust declared Maldon Australia’s first Notable Town in…

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20 Facts About Greater Bendigo

Greater Bendigo Facts

20 Facts About Greater Bendigo


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Plan your trip in the Greater Bendigo Region

Planning your road trip from Melbourne to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne around the Greater Bendigo Region is easy.
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What Locals Love About the Greater Bendigo Region

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Greater Bendigo is surrounded by parklands, there are lots of walks in the bush and great wildflowers in the spring. We have a great café and food culture with a wide range of eating places. The wineries of the region are world class. There music scene also provides something for everyone, with festivals ranging from classical to pop, jazz, blues and more.

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