Big city, but not too big. Lots of History and Culture.
A good city for some culture, shopping and learning about the gold rush
One of Australia's largest churches, Bendigo's beautiful Sacred Heart Cathedral dominates the town's skyline. The gothic style cathedral is built of a mixture of local and imported stone, including a marble floor imported from Italy. The gargoyles adorning the outside that direct water away from the building during rain are spectacular - especially...more
Sixty acres of grass, gracious trees and well tended gardens. Locals flock to the park in good weather to picnic, play and just hang out. The park is free and open all hours, although some of its 'special features' have more limited opening hours. There is a beautiful fernery, cool on a hot day, which is open from approximately 8am until sunset,...more
It was wow! when I saw the building the tourist information centre was located in. I think if must be the grandest Visitor Centre in Australia! You see, the Bendigo Visitor Information and Interpretive Centre is housed in the former Post Office, which took 5 years to build in Victorian architecture at a cost of £50,000. At that time, it and was the...more
Inside the Joss House Temple, I was able to find out more about these Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold so long ago. It was also a chance to see some Chinese culture and beliefs and to read all about the chinese in the Bendigo region from the information boards along the entrance wall.The volunteer guide was only too happy to...more
As Bendigo is old in Australian terms, I found some interesting pieces on my walk that have been preserved.One, was the old fashioned letterbox, not many of these around anymore, and still being used.I particularly liked the ornate Lamps, something like this you see plenty of in Europe, but Australia, No! Gargoyles was another feature on the...more
St Kilian's Church has quite an interesting history.I guess when I first saw the Church, it was the size and that it was built from wood that first caught my attention.The Church that has stood here, has not always been this large one, infact, in 1852, the first Catholic mass was conducted in a canvas tent. The tent had a flag pole out the front to...more
Quite a while back, our family did the gold mine tour. All of us were fitted out with a hat and miner’s lamp, then descended 61 metres beneath the surface of Bendigo to the honeycomb of underground tunnels with our guide.The tour was educational and good, one we all enjoyed.Once on the surface of the mine, it was time to look at vintage mining...more
The Beehive building is one of Pall Mall’s most historic and important buildings.It is in very poor condition at the moment, but is going to be restored to its original best. The workers have already found the original lime wash colour is a much more earthy colour similar to the Town Hall and the Capital rather than the current off-white colour.The...more
Another Cathedral in Bendigo, is St Paul's Angilcan Cathedral. The Cathedral was built over a period, with the nave built in 1868, the tower in 1872-73 and the transepts and sanctuary in 1926-27. The cathedral is an example of Early English Gothic style. The tower, with its detailed pinnacles, its spiral staircase and carillon of eight bells, is a...more
This monument was erected in 1901 to mark the Goldfield's Golden Jubilee. It depicts the Goddess of good luck [Fortuna], dropping a nugget into the dish of a Bendigo digger. At the base are bronze Lyre Birds.As I walked around the city and through the parks, I found many more monuments of important people.more
This is a pretty fountain situated in the centre of Bendigo at Charing Cross. The fountain was officially opened by his Royal Highness Prince Albert Edward Victor of Wales in July 1881. It is 8 metres high and is made from polished Harcourt Granite, surrounded by Dolphines, Nymphs and Unicorns.more
The vintage Talking tram does many tours, the one I have done, was the Tram tour that does and 8.4km round trip in the city centre. The tour commences at Central Deborah Gold Mine but you can join or depart at any one of the other tram stops.Stops are located at.......... 1.Central Deborah Gold Mine: 76 Violet Street 2.Charing Cross (Alexandra...more
Dai Gum San is the new Chinese precinct which links the Golden Dragon Museum with the Yi Yuan Gardens and Kuan Yin Temple. The area was only opened in 2010.The only charge for any sight here, is for the Museum which includes photographs, objects, embroidery and costumes. The Museum has the largest collection of Chinese processional regalia,...more
Bendigo was home to thousands of Cantonese Chinese who travelled across dangerous seas to reach Australia and the rich goldfields at Bendigo. They called this place, Dai Gum San, Big Gold Mountain - A place of untold wealth and promise. This Chinese precinct links the Golden Dragon Museum with the Yi Yuan Gardens and Kuan Yin Temple. The gardens...more
This is an execellent street to walk along! It is uphill, but worth the walk to see all the marvellous buildings located along it. It is known as the "Arts Precinct." The Bendigo Art Gallery is one of Australia’s best regional galleries, which holds big international exhibitions. When I was there, Priness Grace clothes were on display. I was going...more
Another lovely building in View street, is the old Bendigo Fire Station, constructed in 1898-9.The Bendigo Fire Station was built as a home for the fire brigade as well as a residence. It's another red brick Queen Anne revival style building.The Former Bendigo Fire Station has historical importance as an intact example of a turn-of-the-century fire...more
The Capital Theatre is Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre. Originally built as the Sandhurst Masonic Hall in 1873, the complex was reopened as a performing arts complex in 1991.It's a very grand building with towering Corinthian columns and an interior that has been restored to its original Victorian grandeur.The Capital theatre is where you see live...more
The streets near the Cathedral are a good place to go walking and to see the early Miner's cottages.The sad story of the Cottages in Bendigo, is, there are less than 100 left in the CBD. This has come about by them being demolished to make way for modern buildings. There is talk of putting them on the heritage list, so at least some will still be...more
Alexandra place is overrated and definitely not a four star motel, more like a two star with a bed...more
All went well until the Bendigo council started to pump the drains outside my window under the shops...more
It was a bad experiance the room smelt i had 3 young children i was maybe going to stay 2 nights for...more
After reading reviews for the Rifle Brigade, we opted for it as our only meal in Bendigo. We were not disappointed! The food was great, service awesome, and atmosphere near perfection. The portions were large, and the only issue I had was that it didn't leave room for dessert. I opted for the Beef and Guiness Pie and my colleague had the kangaroo....more
One of my top 2 Favourite Thai Restaurants. Can sometimes be slightly oily but other than that I have no complaints.The atmosphere of the restaurant is very quiet and romantic too but can also cater for large groups.You can dine in or take away. Satay Seafood with Coconut Rice. Mmmmmm Mmmmmm - I'm getting hungry just thinking of it. :)more
One of my favorite things about Australia...is that you don't have to be in the big cities to get great food. This is definitely a gem! The food and wine were unbelievable...and would certainly recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner. The place is small, but cozy..and the service was excellent.Definitely worth a stop! Try the local bush tomato...more
Bendigo has one of Australia’s oldest operating tramways which has in its collection some 34 Vintage Trams. The complex was built between 1901-3. On a daily basis, 12 Vintage Trams conduct the ‘Talking Tram” tour around Bendigo with a taped commentary relating the history and background of many of the old and very grand buildings. The round trip...more
Bendigo is about 160 km north-west from Melbourne. You can drive from Melbourne via the Calder Highway in about 2 hours or take the V/Line trains which operate a daily service to Bendigo. Melbourne Airport and Bendigo are connected by a regular bus service 3 times daily and several tour companies also operate tours to Bendigo.more
16 Reviews and Opinions
I've no idea how it all started and when, but Myer'd grown to become one of the largest departmental store in Australia.
You can't compare the Bendigo store with the one in Melbourne when it comes to varieties. The Bendigo store is much smaller, but still the largest shopping centre in Bendigo.
What to buy: Women, men and children's clothings, shoes, toys and games etc. Your normal, average departmental store.
I guess the most important advice in this area i can offer is if you wish to go looking for gold advise some one when you are due back and where you intend to go as there are some old mine shafts in the area and also it's not impossible to get lost .
Bendigo itself is safe and quite apart from when the locals party hard on friday and saturday nights.
Was just driving past Bendigo on the highway at nearby Epsom (as I have done many times) and happened to spot an unusual Arch of Triumph that I'd never noticed before...stopped to get a photo, and discovered that behind the gates is a botanical garden and self guided, unattended wildlife park (all animals firmly locked away). A really nice spot,...more
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...more
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.more
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!more
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...more