Visit Bendigo and experience a vibrant regional city jam-packed with creativity, great food and drinks, happening festivals and happy locals, all thriving in a heritage setting that pays tribute up to the grand European cities that inspired it.
Bendigo has long been a must-see destination. When gold was first discovered here in the mid-1800s, the world soon cottoned on, and the box-ironbark forests and creek flats welcomed people from around the globe keen to strike it rich. Many did, and much of the wealth dug up from the earth was invested back into building the city. That’s why Bendigo boasts some of the country’s most impressive architecture, public sculptures, fountains and gardens. And while Bendigo’s heritage streetscape is historic, it’s far from old-fashioned. Today, Bendigo is a hive of creativity and innovation with loads of fun things for all ages to enjoy. Whether you're interested in art, music, food and wine, sport or nature, there is always plenty to explore in Bendigo.
Explore heritage halls, banks and factories re-invented as restaurants and wine bars. The former 19th-century mechanics' hall, fire station and even the gaol are now top-class theatres, playing host to annual cultural festivals and almost daily performances.
Bendigo’s arts and cultural precinct is also home to independent boutiques showcasing local designers, lost trades, vintage goods and quaint little cafes with some of the best views in town.
Things to do in Bendigo include shopping for locally-made goods and produce. See the latest blockbuster exhibition at the stunning Bendigo Art Gallery and learn the stories of the city at Bendigo’s must-see attractions including the Deborah Gold Mine and Talking Tram.
Central Deborah Gold Mine’s crushing plant was once heard loud and clear across the goldfields. Today the mine welcomes visitors daily for underground tours. Jump on board a talking tram here for a unique guided ride through some of the city’s most significant streets.
The Golden Dragon Museum pays homage to the significant influence Chinese people had on the goldfields. The museum houses an internationally famous collection of Chinese artefacts, including the world’s longest imperial dragon, and his friends.
Australia’s oldest working pottery is still in full production at Epsom in Bendigo and now features artist studios, galleries and a fascinating vintage emporium. Try your hand at the potter’s wheel and create your own Bendigo souvenir, or buy a piece of genuine Bendigo Pottery or yourself or as a gift to enjoy for years to come.
Time your visit to coincide with one of the many community and cultural festivals and events. Check out the events calendar to see what’s coming up. There are food and wine showcases, major exhibitions, sporting events and the famous Bendigo Easter Festival, a long-time favourite of local and visiting families.
Check out our Bendigo Tourism's What's On pages to see what amazing events are coming up.