One of the most popular places to visit in Victoria, is history-filled Bendigo, north west of Melbourne. We list the top 10 things to do and see in this beautiful, sun-filled city.
Central Deborah Gold Mine
The Central Deborah Gold Mine located in Bendigo is one of the most educating attractions to see. Explore the hidden underground tunnels and see gold in the real gold mines built in and operated during the Gold Rush of the 1900s. With nine underground levels to explore, the guides will tell you all about the gold, tools, rocks and building stability that made the mine what it is today.
Established in 1887, Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and most popular regional galleries in Australia. The art gallery holds an extensive collection with a number of exhibitions and events, the most recent dedicated to Marilyn Monroe. The main gallery is free to enter and offers a variety of displays and artists.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a wonderful example of English Gothic architecture. As well as guided tours for visitors, the cathedral holds masses, sacraments; including weddings, baptisms and pre-wedding education.
This Museum was opened in 1991 to preserve Chinese culture in Australia. With artifacts from the 1850s to the present day, the museum allows visitors to experience Chinese arts and crafts, first hand. The museum offers guided historical tours and walks, as well as special interest tours; these are occasionally offered to visitors, for one-off events and themed celebrations.
If you like to enjoy nature and eco-friendly transport, Bendigo bike hire has you covered; providing helmets, locks, baskets, maps and water. For a family outing, you can discover central Bendigo or follow the bike trail around Lake Weeroona. To get more history out of Bendigo you can also follow the nearby Bendigo Creek Trail, which allows you to see some great tourist spots.
The flora and fauna at Bendigo’s botanic gardens is a must-see for those who love gardens. One of Victoria’s earliest botanical gardens, this was the city’s first, and it has been awarded for its social, historical and scientific significance.
Bendigo Tramways offer a relaxing tour, where you can sit back and enjoy the views from a vintage tram car. The tram ride is perfect for the low-down on Bendigo’s architectural and historical past. This hop-on, hop-off tour allows you to travel through the main city and get off at any designated stop or site.
Bendigo Winery Tours takes you behind the wine making process and will introduce you to local wine growers and their produce. There are meat and cheese platters to go with the wine when you get hungry,
Indulge in a lovely high tea, while touring the beautiful Fortuna Villa. Morning tours include an indulgent array of local produce as part of high tea, while afternoon tea includes local wine and craft beer. You’ll be entertained by a string quartet as you eat, followed by an extensive tour of Fortuna Villa and its surroundings.
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre is educational and fun, offering a range of interactive activities that the whole family will enjoy. You can enjoy the Bendigo Planetarium, where you sit down and relax while immersing yourself in the guided journey through the cosmos. The vertical slide is another famous attraction in the center.