Bendigo is a vibrant and historic regional city in central Victoria full of elegance and splendour. It is an ideal launching pad from which to explore Victoria’s golden heritage, food and wine and wide open spaces.

Dine in the many sidewalk and laneway cafes, discover art galleries and antique stores, and take in stunning, decadent architecture from the gold rush era nestled among century-old gardens.

Garden strolls and talking trams

Take a walk or ride on Bendigo’s talking tram and explore the city’s heritage buildings, including the Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the law courts, and the ornate Shamrock Hotel. Slow right down in Rosalind Park with its open air fernery, cascade waterfall and conservatory.

Art and about

Discover Bendigo’s vibrant arts precinct with a wander along View Street. Be sure to check out 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. Also explore the Performing Arts Centre (1873) and a host of smaller galleries and antique stores.

At the cellar door

Take time out to visit some of the renowned local wineries. Dine with a view of the vines, visit cellar doors and learn why the region is famous for its magnificent shiraz.

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What Locals Love About Bendigo

David Castles

Bendigo is a relaxed, friendly place with plenty of community activates. There are wonderful historic buildings that have been retained and resorted, also great heritage attractions that stem from the gold mining in the 1850s. The world-renowned Bendigo Art Gallery has a wonderful permanent collection and stages outstanding special exhibitions. The multicultural nature of the city provides a welcome place for all.

David Castles

Libby Hughes

Bendigo is a city full of fantastic architecture from the great work of Vahland a hundred years ago, to the ultra modern Bendigo Bank Headquarters. You can never get bored in Bendigo! We have great restaurants, cafes and eclectic shops. There is always something happening at the Ulumbarra and Capital theatres. Go back in time and ride the Talking Tram, go searching for gold at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Bendigo is surrounded by forest, where there are great walking tracks, or walk around the beautiful lakes and parks.

Libby Hughes