If you happen to be on holiday and get caught with cold weather in Bendigo, then this OP Shop maybe just the place for you.
They have a good range of secondhand clothing, books, costume jewellery and bedding/manchester. All money goes into the local community.
When you have finished with the clothing, you can always give it back to another op shop.
Autumn is a lovely time to visit Bendigo. The streets are lined with deciduous trees that were turning golden, and were quite a picture. There were quite a few parks with trees full of colour too!
The air might be a bit crisp, who cares, you can easily rug up and enjoy the great outdoors!
After the discovery of gold in 1851, immigrants from across Australia and the world were attracted to Bendigo. On the goldfields, there were miners from England, Scotland, Ireland, China and Germany, amongst other nations. Naturally, fellow countrymen tended to live and work together.
The Irish reputedly gathered at the junction of Bendigo and Back creeks, and the area became known as Irishtown. Bendigo's Irishtown was settled mostly by Irish immigrants who lived with their families in tents and simple roughly constructed cottages along Bendigo creek and the surrounding areas.
The influenced of these early Irish settlers contributed to the religious, cultural, economical and sporting life of the city from 1850s to this day. The St. Killian's Church, the adjacent grave of the Reverend Dr. Blackhaus, and the small cottages along Arnold, Baxter and Joseph Streets can still evoke the spirit of the old Irish town.
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.
Fondest memory: It's the only lake in Australia I've seen tortoises in, so I was rather pleased to see them.
This is one of my favorite views of Bendigo, the French architectural inspired historic Shamrock Hotel.
In fact, it's really a combination.... Australian style for the first floor, and French for those above that level.
A view from one of the walks, looking back at the Turtles bridge.
Fondest memory: The best thing about this lake was the Tortoises, and the nice birdlife too.
Otherwise, the surroundings are pretty but the water is quite murky.
Bendigo now has population of around 80 000 people but was founded mostly due to the gold rush and there is said to me still plenty of gold around the township though I never found any.
I would not say as over seas traveller Bendigo would offer more than a day trip or a couple days say at most but it's not a bad place and I think if im right it is the third biggest city in victoria .