Antoinette's Bed & Breakfast
179 Wattle Street, Bendigo, 3550, Australia
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Travel Tips for Bendigo
Unofficially, View Street is 'Art & Culture Street' of Bendigo and also one of the nicest streets. Heading up the hill from High Street and Alexandra Fountain, and past the entrance to Rosalind Park, sitting side by side is the excellent Bendigo Regional Art Gallery and collanaded Capital Theatre. The gallery is an architetural melange of the old and new. Opposite is the new 121 Gallery and Print Studio (opened by LaTrobe University). Further up the hill is The Oval and a stunning late 19th century grandstand and caters for many a sporting event.
Next door to the Capital Theatre is the old (late 19th century) central Fire Station and next to that is Dudley House, a listed building (formerly the Public Works HQ and built in the middle of the 19th century) and now the HQ of Bendigo Historical Society. Exhibitions are occasionally mounted at Dudley House.
It's also something of a shoppers delight, particularly antiques, as well as two or three excellent cafes, including 'el Beso', a delightful, slightly quirky, chintzy cafe that does excellent coffee and light lunches (opens in the evening too).
The first grapes were planted in the region in 1856 just after the start of the massive goldrushes which brought tens of thousands of hopeful diggers from all over the world to seek their fortunes.
They brought with them a lust for gold, but also the wine and food knowledge of Europe and it was only a few years before the judges at the 1873 Vienna Exhibition were heard to exclaim of Bendigo's early Hermitage that "no Colonial wine can be that good".
The Greater City of Bendigo - Central Victoria
*Bendigo lies 150 kms north-west of Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. It is
found over the Great Dividing Range, which is a mountain range that runs
over 4200kms from Victoria, through New South Wales and up to the top of
Queensland, while running reasonably close & parallel to the coastline.
* Bendigo has a population of over 100,000 and is one of the fastest
growing inland cities in Oz.
* It is a great place to raise children, as it caters for a great range of sports
& has a variety of educational institutions.
* Bendigo, since the Great Gold Rush in 1851, has retained a great many
of its architecturally splendid buildings of that era.
* Bendigo has the best Art Gallery in Regional Australia, outside of the
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