Backpacking Bendigo

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    BENDIGO HAS SOME FINE VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    EXPLORE THE CITY ABOARD A MAJESTIC VINTAGE TRAM: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    ADMIRE SOME OF THE CITY'S BEAUTIFUL PARKS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Bendigo Highlights

  • Visit Greater Bendigo National Park to learn about the fascinating and interesting gold mining history of the region.

  • See the extensive and varied collections at the Bendigo Art Gallery, one of the largest and oldest regional galleries in Australia.

  • Visit Bendigo's Chinese quarter and explore the Golden Dragon Museum, classical gardens and Joss House for an excellent introduction to the region's Chinese heritage.

  • Take a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city aboard a majestic Vintage 'Talking' Tram. Along the way your tram tells you about the golden past of the city.

About Bendigo

Population 70,000

The discovery of gold at Ravenswood in 1851 brought thousands of diggers to the Bendigo diggings. Due to the fantastic wealth mined from the region, mining companies poured a lot of money into building works in the town and today many fine examples of Victorian buildings still stand. You can take a walk, or a ride on Bendigo's talking tram to explore the city's heritage. You can also discover the city's golden heritage at the restored Central Deborah gold mine.

Today Bendigo is the commercial and financial centre of the old Goldfields Region. There are many tourist drives in and around Bendigo to the gold mining centres, and the city is only 1 ½ hours drive northwest of Melbourne.

There are other good attractions worth a visit including the Bendigo Art Gallery, which is one of the largest and oldest regional galleries in Australia. There is the Greater Bendigo National Park, which is good for experiencing the gold mining activities from last century, recreational fossicking, walking and cycling. You can also visit Bendigo's Chinese quarter to learn about the city's fascinating Chinese history.

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Bendigo Visitor Information Centre

51-67 Pall Mall
Bendigo, Victoria
Phone 1800 813 153