Home to one of the world’s greatest gold rushes, Bendigo was the richest city in the world between 1850 and 1900. With a population of 110,000, today it has undergone a modern renaissance, attracting creative minds with a passion for arts, food, fashion, craft beer and wine to the region. The city has an artisan culture, led by the acclaimed Bendigo Art Gallery, which hosts significant international exhibitions and attracts people from far and wide.
The regions also boasts a strong selection of cafés and restaurants showcasing local produce, wine, craft beer and coffee blends. There are over 60 boutique cellar doors in the Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions, producing award-winning shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and other varieties.
As for attractions, don’t miss the underground mining experience at Central Deborah Gold Mine, wheel throwing, and the artisan hub, antique and collectables centre at Bendigo Pottery. There’s also a variety of tram experiences at Bendigo Tramways, and a Chinese precinct, which features the Golden Dragon Museum and plenty of trails for cycling and walking.
Bendigo has a vibrant fashion culture, with events throughout the year, and has enjoyed the rejuvenation of its beautiful Heritage buildings, parks and gardens. Many are now used for contemporary experiences, such as theatres, wine bars, restaurants, cafés, bakeries and boutique shops.
51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo 3550
Tel: 1800 813 153
Images courtesy of Bendigo Tourism