If you're near bendigo...and you can go thru hanging rock...it's worth the stop.
It doesn't take long to check out in the information centre to find out the legend of the hanging rock...and then it's a quick walk up and around the rock (30 minutes return). So it's a great place to get out and stretch the legs if you're road tripping.
They have a lot of films, festivals and a winery...so if you have longer...check it out.
Bendigo Joss House
Bendigo Joss House is an important historic Chinese temple, left over from the Gold Rush years (built in the 1860's) and one of very few still existing in Australia.
It has had some restoration, but much of it is original.
I found it quite fascinating and well worth the visit (entry fee is very reasonable too).
The building is classified by the National Trust.
11:00am 4:00pm, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
(Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Christmas Day. )
This is a small promontory overlooking the Bendigo Creek. If you look across to the City Family Hotel from here you'll find that the expanse of road is actually a bridge. Some would say this is Australia's widest bridge.
If you look across to Rosalind Park, you can see the diggings. Today the water flows beneath our feet through the bluestone-lined channels in Rosalind Park.
Sweetberry's Bendigo Page.
Bendigo is located in the geographic center of Victoria... 150kl. north west of Melbourne.
This city is a very popular destination for visitors to regional Victoria.
Located on the northern fringe of the Great Dividing Range, means Bendigo enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, avoiding extremes in weather...
Much of Victoria was opened up with the discovery of gold in its Western and Northern areas in the 1850's, and Bendigo is one example of the magnificent cities which sprang up around the mines.
From 1851 to 1954, when the last gold was extracted from the underground mines, Bendigo produced 25 million ounces of the precious substance.
When the gold ran out they established market gardens, tailor shops, gambling houses, hotels and shops and stayed on.
The cosmopolitan mix which the goldfields attracted has left Bendigo with a rich heritage. Irish, Germans, Chinese, Cornish and Canadians all contributed to the culture of the city and were responsible for many of the city's fine buildings and impressive statues.