Bendigo

Bendigo

Bendigo is a famous goldmining area that has the perfect combination of fun and interactive activities, arts, heritage, as well as an enticing wine bar and café culture.

It is really simple to get around the city either on foot, by tram, bus or train. Spend hours in the side streets that are home to local artisans, cafes and boutiques, or take the Vintage Talking Tram, which visits most major destinations, and has a running commentary of sights and sounds from the city.

For a more action-packed experience, you can put on a miner’s cap and delve into an old goldmine, or enjoy the explosive fun of the popular Discovery Science and Technology Centre.

Both adults and children can experience a tour below the surface of the Central Deborah Goldmine, which was the last operating mine at the end of the gold rush.

A little further out of town, the tradition of the artists at the Bendigo Pottery is alive and well, as Australia’s oldest working pottery.

Chinese migration at the time of the goldfields is also celebrated at the Golden Dragon Museum, which houses the world’s oldest Imperial Chinese dragon.

Address
Bendigo, Victoria, 3552
Phone

Getting there

Train line
Bendigo
Closest station/stop

Bendigo is approximately two hours by train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. V/Line also offers bus services linking Bendigo with other towns around Victoria. Your V/Line ticket is valid for travel on the Bendigo Transit Service at no extra cost.

Tip: Travelling on V/Line during off-peak times is more convenient and cheaper!

Local Transport

Getting around town: Bendigo Station is an easy 10 minute walk to the town centre, or 15 minutes to the Visitor Information Centre on Pall Mall. Local bus services depart Bendigo Station regularly.

Check the PTV website for more information.

Itineraries

Try this weekend itinerary:

Saturday

Pick up a two-day pass for the Bendigo Talking Tram, and head out to some of the attractions on the hour-long journey. Spend a few hours at the Central Deborah Goldmine and take home a chunk of quartz from underground. Visit the Bendigo Chinese Joss House, and experience the tradition of ancestor worship. Take a stroll around Bath Lane, Alexandra Fountain and View Street. Grab some dinner at one of the top restaurants in Bendigo, or go café-style for more family-friendly fare.

Sunday

Stop by the Golden Dragon Museum for a Yum Cha brunch, before taking a tour through the dragon display and Chinese gardens.