This is Lake Weroona, rather a pleasant one, and only about 4 Km from the centre of Bendigo.
To reach it, you drive through the town centre, following the tram lines, and turn left at Nolan Street.
There are nice leafy deciduous gardens, picnic areas, a restaurant over the lake, wildlife - ducks, water birds, black swans, etc and walks.
I particularly enjoyed my walk over the bridge, where I was amazed to see in the shallow (30 cm max) water underneath it, about 8 small tortoises, one after the other.
They often poked their heads above the surface like periscopes, and as the sun was shining, it was quite easy to see them swimming away in the murky water. It's the only lake in Australia I've seen tortoises in, so I was rather pleased to see them.
Bendigo Chinese Joss House
There were many Chinese on the Bendigo goldfields which was called the "Big Gold Mountain". This Chinese temple was built in the 1860s from hand-made bricks and red painted timber on the hill at Emu Point. It is in 3 sections; the caretaker's residence, the temple, and the ancestral hall.
The temple is dedicated to Guan Gong, a war hero during the 3 Kingdoms period (220-280). It was said that Guan Gong was a very brave man who didn't utter a word when the doctor removed a poison arrow that went through his arm and scraped his bone to remove the poison. Guan Gong continued to play chess with his sworn brother as if nothing was happening.
The Joss House is the oldest one in Australia that's still in use today.
10am - 5pm Summer
10am - 4pm Winter
Worshippers No charge
The Golden Dragon Museum.
Golden Dragon Museum is considered to contain the world's best collection of Chinese processional regalia and the world's longest Imperial Dragons; Sun Loong and Loong.
Sun Loong comes alive each Easter Monday in celebration of Bendigo's strong Chinese culture.
Bendigo is only a 90 minute drive north west of Melbourne.
It is known as a "City within a Forest", being completely surrounded by National and Regional Parks.
There are kilometres of interweaving walking and cycle paths through the Bendigo bush, many leading to lookouts with breathtaking views of the city and countryside.
Bendigo is also well known for it's gold mining and Chinese heritage.