Things to See and Do
Near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Every corner you turn in Bendigo reveals another living treasure; another vivid reminder of the city’s glorious and heady past – whether it is the outrageous opulence of a boomtown hotel, or the simple piety of a wooden church. The best 19th century cities combine grand scale and fine detail and there are few better than Bendigo. Fall in foodie love in the city’s heart; Bendigo’s best food boutiques…
Every corner you turn in Bendigo reveals another living treasure; another vivid reminder of the city’s glorious and heady past – whether it is the outrageous opulence of a boomtown hotel, or the simple piety of a wooden church. The best 19th century cities combine grand scale and fine detail and there are few better than Bendigo. Fall in foodie love in the city’s heart; Bendigo’s best food boutiques take the time to share their stories each Saturday as part of the Food Fossicking Tour. You’ll visit Bendigo Wholefoods, The Good Loaf sourdough bakery, Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, The Epicurean Deli and restaurant Masons of Bendigo. As well as the farmers’ markets, Bendigo’s events schedule now features many great food and wine events. Look out for the Festival of Lamb, Bendigo On the Hop, and the Bendigo Heritage Uncorked, among many more.
Featured Things to See and Do
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Australia' s oldest working pottery - celebrating 150 years! SHOP - large range of beautiful Australian ceramics EXPLORE- 150 years of history in the interpretive museum DISCOVER- the skill of potters shaping the clay EXPERIENCE - the thrill of the wheel in a half hour lesson HAVE FUN - clay play for kids of all ages On site cafe. Open 9 -5 every day (except christmas day)
Golden Dragon Museum
The gold rush of the 1850's saw thousands of Chinese arrive in Bendigo. Experience the living history of the Chinese people in Bendigo. Features include: *LOONG, the impressive imperial dragon purchased in the 1890's from China. He is now the oldest Imperial Chinese Dragon in the world! Also see SUN LOONG the world's longest dragon! *PROCESSIONAL REGALIA *COSTUMES, FURNITURE & CRAFTS *YI YUAN, Classical Chinese Garden Open 9.30 -5 every day (except Christmas Day)
Central Deborah Gold Mine
Descend underground at Central Deborah Gold Mine, home of Australia’s deepest underground mine tour, and catch ‘gold fever’. The passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of the tour guides is contagious and you can’t help but become enthralled by the beauty and lure of gold as you are guided through the honeycomb of hidden underground tunnels where almost one ton of gold was unearthed. With only the light on your helmet to light the way, the silence of being far below the hustle and bustle of the city and the cool underground temperature, helps you imagine what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush era. Open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking.... Be delighted by the wide streetscapes and grand architecture of Bendigo as your tram tells you colourful stories about Bendigo’s golden past on a Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram Tour. This hop-on, hop-off tour stops throughout the city allowing you to explore many of the beautiful parks, attractions, shopping and dining facilities that Bendigo has to offer. Open every day except Christmas Day 10:00am – 4:30pm
Snapshots of Bendigo Tours
Experience the best of Bendigo on an exclusive 1hr or 1/2 day tour. Options include: CITY SIGHTS - includes free DVD ABOVE & BELOW - gold tour CANVAS & CLAY - arts tour ASIAN FLAVOURS -Chinese tour THE GRAPE ROUTE - winery tours **pick up from accommodation by prior arrangement
Discovery Science and Technology Centre
100% Hands on fun for all ages! Over 100 hands on activities include Australia's tallest vertical slide and stat of the art Bendigo Planetarium. Visit Kaleidoscope - Discovery's unique area especially for children under 8. Birthday parties, education program and sleepovers catered for. Open daily 10 - 4
A completely unique attraction great for all the family! Confectionery Capers is an exposition of the wheel (man's greatest invention), the English language (the world's greatest language) and fine confectionery. It's FUN! FUN! FUN! and sutable for all ages. Open every day 10 - 5
Art Gallery and View Street Precinct
Established in 1887 the gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in Australia and features an extensive & varied permanent collection. In addition the gallery has a dynamic & varied temporary exhibition program. Excellent cafe & gift shop complete the experience. View Street features the impressive Capital Theatre building at one end & the delightful Alexandra Fountain at the other. In between enjoy the exquisite antique & collectible shops, cafes & the atmosheric Wine Bank on View.