For an unforgettable experience, descend to the depths of Bendigo's underworld at Central Deborah Gold Mine and discover the significance of Bendigo's gold mining history.
Gold was discovered in Bendigo in 1851 and sparked decades of gold mining worth billions of dollars. Central Deborah Gold Mine operated for just 15 years between 1939 and 1954 and was one of the last two commercial mines to cease operation in the wealthy Bendigo Goldfields. During this relatively short time frame, the mine produced 29,865 ounces (929kg) of gold! Today, Central Deborah Gold Mine shares its rich history with visitors from all over the world.
Experience the history and craft of Australia's oldest working pottery with demonstrations, hands-on activities with clay and interpretive displays.
Visit the Interpretive Museum, step back in time and learn about the production processes, machinery, working conditions and traditional skills of the Bendigo Pottery from its beginning in 1858 to the present day.
Relax with a coffee or light meal and wander around the extensive gallery featuring a massive range of traditional and contemporary ceramics for sale. Explore the new Antiques and Collectables Centre with over 40 individual sites under one roof. Visit one of the smaller studio galleries including artists in textiles, metal sculptures, glass beads, printmaking, photography, painting and jewellery.
Australia's oldest working pottery includes;
Extensive sales gallery, Interpretive Museum, Pottery demonstrations, Wheel throwing lessons, Clay play for kids, Antiques and Collectables, individual artists' studios, Cafe, Disabled facilities, Parking for cars, coaches and caravans. Special School holiday programs include additional activities.
A stupa (also known as a pagoda) is the most sacred building in Buddhism. A stupa symbolises the enlightened mind and the path to enlightenment. A stupa is also a reliquary to house holy relics of the Buddha and other highly realised beings.
The idea to build a Great Stupa on the property in Bendigo was the vision of Lama Thubten Yeshe. The idea to base the design of the stupa on the Great Stupa of Gyantse, was the vision of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa were the founders of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, being built near Bendigo Australia, is 50 metres square at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This makes it the largest stupa in the Western World.
The Great Stupa is the same design and size as the Gyantse Stupa (Kumbum) in Tibet. The Gyantse Stupa is one of the treasures of the Buddhist world. Professor David L. Snellgrove has said: “The Stupa of Gyantse may well be accounted the chief wonder of the Tibetan Buddhist world in that it records iconographically in its interior practically the whole pantheon of Indo-Tibetan religion up to the time of its construction during the first half of the 15th century.”
Objectives of The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion:
To inspire people to seek a peaceful and spiritual path.
To be a pilgrimage place for Buddhists from around the world.
To provide a refuge of peace and serenity for all and especially those in need.
To help explain Buddhism to anyone interested.
To provide a temple venue for major teaching events and seminars.
Bringing a four-legged family member on holidays can sometimes make exploring destinations a little tricky (certainly more fun though!), fortunately, Bendigo offers a great range of destinations – for every good dog and their best mate. You'll dig the treasures on offer in this pet-friendly paradise. Paws here for parks, gardens and lakes, posh nosh, craft brews, and lazy lunches. There's a wealth of great spaces to explore here.
1. Percy and Percy
This Bendigo corner-café does coffee and classic breakfasts, lunch, and sweet treats. Spend a lovely morning or sunny afternoon with your dog, in the shade of an umbrella in the courtyard.
2. Lake Weeroona
Walk, jog or cycle around this beautiful ornamental lake and reserve in Bendigo. Grab your dog’s favourite gelato flavour from the café.
3. Bendigo Botanic Gardens
Spread a picnic blanket by the pavilion, stroll by the lagoon, and admire the rare plants at Bendigo's historic botanic gardens.
The Marong Family Hotel is only 300 meters easy walk from our park. With outdoor seating, your furry friend can sit with you under the verandah in the shade as you eat your meal.
5. Malone Park
The Malone Park recreation reserve is one of the most picturesque local country football cricket reserves in the country. It’s a stunning oasis of lush green grass nestled amongst the huge Ironbark trees, is a must-see to enjoy as it is located only 500 meters walk away from the BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park. It is off Malone Park Road in Marong- turn right when you get to the Marong corner store and it’s another 200 meters on your left-hand side. The beautiful recreation facility is home to the Marong Football club, Marong Cricket club, Marong Netball club, Marong Tennis club, and Marong Bowling club. It even has Light Harness and Bendigo Family Equestrian clubs, the Marong Swimming pool, and a kid’s playground. You can also take a break from your leisurely walk and grab yourself a coffee at the cart right next to the amenity block, its great coffee so it is well worth your while.
Dogs are welcome here for breakfast, lunch, or any time. Chino, the resident Labrador, will greet you and show you around. He loves to make new friends.
7. The Gallery Café
Park yourselves at a table in the outdoor dining space, overlooking historic Rosalind Park. Grab coffee and cake, or something more substantial.
8. Kennington Reservoir walk
Connecting the Kennington Residential area to the Kennington Reservoir, Sporting Precinct, and Strathdale Park as well as Strathdale Village is pleasant and easily modifiable to personal fitness and taste.
Including many popular parks and walks as well as places for coffee and public toilets this walk can be shortened or lengthened by cutting out or adding segments.
This walk also consists solely of footpaths that are child/cycle/pram friendly as well as avoiding main roads where possible. This passes Strathdale Village which includes several nice cafes and eateries as well as some fast-food staples, and also contains numerous lake-sided parks near Kennington Reservoir as well as a large playground and public park at Strathdale Park.
The ultimate venue for FUN in Bendigo!
The Zone offers a range of adrenaline-packed activities that provide a challenging and lasting experience. Ideal for kids (and big kids), The Zone has an adventure waiting for everyone and is the perfect day out for the whole family.
Laser Tag – Skating – Go Karts – Mini Golf – Archery Tag – Paintball – Indoor Play Centre – Jumping Castle – Outdoor Maze – Slot Cars – Arcades.
Get the adrenaline pumping with the fantastic activities. Or sit back, relax and recharge with a coffee and a bite to eat in the cafe. Groups are welcome for a BBQ or party. They also welcome birthday parties and corporate functions.
Whatever your age, Discovery offers a unique and fun way to spend your time and you're sure to learn some exciting things along the way!
With loads of interactive exhibits to explore, you won't know what to try first at Discovery! Be sure to look out for the whacky mirrors that make you look really strange, the echoing chamber that repeats your words a thousand times and don't forget to play a tune on the thong-a-phone!
Some popular Discovery favourites include:
Bendigo Planetarium: Sit back, relax on a bean bag, and become immersed in the world above as you travel on a guided journey through the cosmos, venturing to places you've never been before. Each 20-minute show explores the wonders of astronomy and showcases the limitless phenomena in the sky above. Planetarium shows are at 1:30 pm on Tuesday - Friday and 11:30 am and 1:30 pm on weekends and school holidays.
Vertical Slide: Discovery is famous for the southern hemisphere's tallest Vertical Slide. If you're a thrill-seeker, the Vertical Slide is something that you will want to try. With a sheer drop of seven metres, you will fall at a speed of 30-40km per hour! All sliders must be at least five years of age. You can plummet down the Vertical Slide at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.
Kaleidoscope: For the young scientist under six, learn the basic principles of maths and science through the colourful and fun exhibits in Kaleidoscope.
The Discovery Gift Shop: If you are looking for an unusual gift, the Discovery Gift Shop is the place to go. Find fascinating educational items that are sure to keep kids busy for hours.
Birthdays at Discovery: For a birthday party with a difference, Discovery makes birthdays memorable. Enjoy a private room, invitations, party food, party bags, and of course, the fun! All you need to do is invite the guests!
Sleepovers at Discovery: Organising your next group sleepover is no longer a nightmare. A sleepover at Discovery is the perfect way to complement any school excursion to Bendigo. They provide dinner, activities to keep everyone entertained, plenty of time to explore the exhibits, somewhere unique to sleep, and, of course, breakfast!
Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol. Discover the symbiotic fusion between 1860s penitentiary architecture and clever contemporary design to create an extraordinary arts and community facility. Our knowledgeable guides share the stories of inhabitants old and new, while exploring this world class performance facility.
Sandhurst Gaol Tours will operate regularly on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11am.
Please select adult, child or concession ticket types.
If you would like to arrange a private group tour please contact the Bendigo Visitor Centre on 1800 813 153, subject to availability. Group rates are available for 10 or more people.
Ulumbarra, meaning ‘gather together’ in the language of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, is representative of the role the site has played over time; from an indigenous meeting place, to the original Government Camp, later the Sandhurst Gaol and now a magnificent theatre.
Constructed in the early 1860s, the gaol was based on the Pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower, now the symbiotic link between the heritage and contemporary architecture. Your guide will explore spaces throughout this extraordinary arts and community facility, telling the tales that once remained behind the walls.
Transformed in 2015 into a state-of-the-art performance and event space including world class production capabilities it is now truly a place for all to experience.
A unique opportunity to see an architectural masterpiece.
The pride and tradition which surrounds the City of Greater Bendigo is best symbolised by the majestic and lovingly restored landmark which housed the Post Office from 1887 to 1997. The grandeur, scale and wealth of intricate decorative detail can be viewed on one of our Historic Post Office Tours.
Immerse yourself in the rich stories of a golden past, explore stunning heritage architecture fashioned in a time when Bendigo was the richest city in the world!
Historic Post Office Tours are only available for groups of 10 or more. Please select your preferred date and time and our friendly staff will contact you to let you know if your selection can be accommodated.
The grandeur of the Historic Post Office is demonstrated in the exterior details with gargoyles and lions adorning all faces of this magnificent building.
These intricacies are replicated throughout the internal spaces and can be explored during these small group tours. Your guide will share their favourite stories of the building's occupants, past and present while you venture to secret spaces beneath.
A unique opportunity to see an architectural masterpiece created in 1887 by the state government to signify Bendigo's prominence in Victoria's prosperity. Designed by G.W Watson initially as a Post Office, the building served many purposes during the twentieth century and now proudly houses the Bendigo Visitor Centre.
Fully restored to its former glory in 1986, this treasured grand old dame, continues to provide a warm welcome to all, just as it would have over 125 years ago.
Immerse yourself in the rich stories of a golden past. Explore stunning heritage architecture fashioned in a time when Bendigo was the wealthiest city in the world!
Bendigo Town Hall Tours operate regularly on Wednesdays at 2 pm, and Sundays at 11 am.
During the height of the gold rush, the civic fathers of Bendigo were displeased with the basic appearance of their municipal building. A redevelopment was commissioned to reflect the abundance and splendour of Bendigo's golden age. The masterpiece that now commands the site was the creation of W.C Vahland who went on to become one of the city's most revered architects.
Decorative plaster adorned with 22-carat gold leaf, befitting a European palace, holds the stories of a city built on gold. Restoration of the splendid building completed in 2003. It remains as it was at the turn of the century, the jewel in Bendigo's crown.
Your guide will take you on a fascinating journey through the Town Hall. Explore the current city council chambers and take a selfie at the Mayor's table!
A visit to Bendigo Tramways will leave you in awe. There's no better way to see the sights of Bendigo than aboard one of our iconic Vintage Talking Trams. Sit back, relax and let the tram do all of the talking!
Whether you're in Bendigo for the weekend or have an hour to spare, a Vintage Talking Tram Tour is the quickest way to get your bearings and see the city's key landmarks and monuments.
Your Vintage Talking Tram ticket is valid for one day, allowing you to get on or off the tram at any tram stop and wander through the city at your leisure, enjoying the many attractions, shopping and dining facilities that Bendigo has to offer.
For a detailed timetable, please click here or see any of the tram stops, ask the staff at the Bendigo Visitor Centre or phone 1800 813 153.
The owners, brothers Paul and George Greblo, are proud to be continuing a family tradition of winemaking that began generations ago in northern Italy.
A visit to Sandhurst Ridge, less than 20 minutes from the centre of Bendigo, virtually guarantees an informative conversation with someone with hands-on knowledge of the vines as well as the wines, since Paul (the winemaker) and George (the vineyard manager) reside on the estate.
One of the gems of the Bendigo region, Sandhurst Ridge is a family-run, boutique winery that has been producing award-winning wines since its first vintage in 1995.
Nestled against a state forest, their vineyard is planted with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, and, in tribute to their Italian origins, Nebbiolo. Ralph Kyte-Powell awarded 4.5 stars to this intriguing Bendigo red.
Get a taste of the peaceful vineyard lifestyle by booking into one of their modern, well-appointed, one-bedroom cottages. Borrow a mountain bike to explore the surrounds, chill out on the verandah overlooking the vines, or pop over to the cellar door to enjoy tastings of the full range of Sandhurst Ridge wines, including some magnificent older vintages.
Visit the website for more information about this delightful spot in the Goldfields Region.
Authentic volunteer-run steam railway linking historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria.
Family fun - take the kids for a memorable day out. Watch the world go by from your family compartment as the steam train puffs up the hills.
First Class - for a touch of class step back in time to an era of elegance when the journey was as important as the destination. Ride on the end viewing platform on the parlour car. Enjoy a drink from the fully stocked bar.
Catch the train for a return trip from Castlemaine or Maldon stations. Castlemaine is 90 minutes from Melbourne by car on the Calder Freeway. For a wonderful day out, leave the car behind and use your Myki to catch the V/Line train from Melbourne to Castlemaine where you simply change platforms to catch the steam train.
After a leisurely 45-minute train ride you have two hours in historic Maldon to enjoy lunch at a pub or cafe and then relax on the train (maybe enjoying a drink from the bar in first-class) back to Castlemaine.
Trains run Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and school holidays. Visit the website for more information.
Support and connect with the local farmers, producers, and growers at the Bendigo Farmers Market. Your chance to purchase fresh, regional produce directly from the farmer and producer, in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Seasonal fruit, vegetables, and herbs, all kinds and cuts of meat (beef, lamb, goat, free-range chicken) as well as fresh bread, cheese, wine, olives, eggs, baked goods, cakes, dumplings, and more.
market takes place
every 2nd Saturday of the month at Bendigo Pony Club, corner Breen
St and Belle Vue Rd, Golden Square from 9 am – 1 pm.
Market right in the heart of Bendigo at The Good Loaf is held every Thursday
from 2 pm – 4:30 pm.
Enjoy gorgeous produce, support your local farmers and producers, and really connect with your food and its growers.
At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple you can discover more about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold so long ago.
The Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship, was opened in 1871. Standing for over a century, the Bendigo Joss House Temple is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia. It comprises a Caretaker's Residence, Temple, and Ancestral Hall.
The main temple is dedicated to Guan-Di, the god of war and prosperity. The Chinese saw Guan-Di as a wise judge, guide, protector, and provider of wealth and prosperity.
Constructed with locally hand-made bricks and painted red - symbolising the traditional Chinese colour denoting happiness, strength, and vitality - the Bendigo Joss House Temple is an important part of Bendigo's cultural history.
The Bendigo Joss House Temple is located at the Northern terminus of Bendigo's iconic Vintage Talking Tram Tour.
Bendigo Joss House Temple is open each Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, with the last entry accepted at 2:30 pm.
Please note The Bendigo Joss House Temple is
The Golden Dragon Museum is Victoria's first accredited museum and it beautifully presents processional regalia, carved furniture, and costumes embroidered with gold bullion thread. Artifacts date as far back as the Shang Dynasty 1600 - 1026BC.
Experience a living history of the Chinese people in Bendigo, from the gold rush of the 1850s to the present day, at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Australia.
Located at the entrance to the museum are a gift shop, tea rooms, education centre, and research library. The Museum's Chinese precinct includes the Yi Yuan Gardens, the Guan Yin temple, and the Dai Gum San forecourt.
Individuals can enjoy insightful educational tours on a range of subjects which bring the museum to life for group bookings. The educational tours for school groups include a range of Primary and Secondary topics including Year Seven Ancient history, Year Nine Immigration, and VCE History revolutions.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 9.30 am-5 pm.
Open every day including Mondays during the Victorian
The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival enjoyed its inaugural appearance in November 2011 and after successful festivals over the next six years will return once again to fill the streets of Bendigo with music on the 3rd-6th of November 2022.
The annual festival is a predominantly FREE, grass-roots, community event that gives music fans and community members the opportunity to enjoy world-class music, with a focus on local and independent talent from the blues and roots genres.
The four-day event will again be filled with performances and workshops – by more than 100 artists from all over Australia (as well as some internationals) – conducted in over 30 venues throughout Bendigo and some surrounding areas.
The family-friendly and community-focused environment, historic scenery, and atmospheric charm of the main concert always attracts a range of music lovers, with a welcoming atmosphere for families and fans of all ages and social backgrounds.
Bendigo National Swap Meet – Australia’s biggest and the world’s 4th largest!
The largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere attracting over 30,000 motoring enthusiasts. Featuring motorcycles and steam & oil engine displays.
12th-13th of November 2022
Gates open: 6 am Saturday and 7 am Sunday
$15, Sunday $5
Children under 16 free
The annual Swap Meet hs been held in Bendigo since 1975.
Bendigo has excellent club rooms and mechanical facilities enabling it to play host to many other car club rallies.
The Federation now supports 96 clubs with trophy donations and grants for equipment, 3 picnic displays, and quarterly meetings all of which are fully funded from the Swap Income.
The Swap now has over 1,700 sites and attracts in excess of 20,000 people over the weekend and it is known worldwide in the Historic Vehicle movement. Car restoration parts and cars from the 1900’s to current models are available for sale over the three days.
The tradition of wine grape growing in the Bendigo region is nearly as old as Bendigo itself. Bendigo’s winemakers are winning attention with their elegant reds and stylish whites. The majority of the local Bendigo wineries are small to medium-sized and are still run by the families who founded them.
For more go to www.bendigowine.org.au
If a wine-filled escape in Victoria’s historic Bendigo is your idea of unwinding, this is the week for you.
Take in Bendigo Uncorked Week and enjoy the region’s wine and food in the historic landmarks of Bendigo. Crafted as a boutique experience for wine and food lovers, this week offers exciting events to indulge your senses.
The week includes the ever-popular Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – An iconic moveable feast where you stroll between seven historic venues in Central Bendigo to taste local Bendigo wine and food.
In between, are incredible niche wine and food events held in and around the grand historic buildings that Bendigo is renowned for.
Bendigo Uncorked Week is sponsored by Bendigo Bank Insurance and supported by Bendigo Tourism and the City of Greater Bendigo.
Bendigo Uncorked Week takes place in October every year but is not running this year. Stay tuned for updates on its return – in the meantime, you can sign up for the Bendigo Winegrowers newsletter to receive the latest information.
The Bendigo Stadium in Inglis Street will burst at the seams with antiques and retro-inspired treasures during the Goldfields Antique Fair.
Over 90 stalls from four states will make this one of the largest indoor antique fairs in regional Victoria.
Held entirely indoors with easy access for everybody this is how shopping for antiques was meant to be.
Shop in comfort in this state-of-the-art venue, enjoy a meal at the bistro or the snack bar, then re-load for even more bargain hunting at the in-house atm.
When: 16-18th April 2022
Location: Truscott Stadium, Murdock St,
California Gully 3556
Cost: $10 per person, per day
More info: email@example.com PH: 0448 248 184
Bendigo on the Hop, Bendigo Beer's annual event is on again!
27th August 2022, 11am to 6pm.
Craft beer is about local ingredients, flavour and aroma. It's about enjoying a qulaity product with friends and living life with a little flair. In the last 3 years, the number of craft beer venues in central Victoria has grown from a handful to over 50, in part due to the hard work and dedication from the team at Bendigo Beer.
Bendigo Beer's annual event, Bendigo on the Hop, Australia's best and most unique winter beer festival, will once again pair some of the city's finest beer venues with Australia's best independent breweries.
Meet and talk to the brewers, experience unique beers brewed just for this event and be entertained by live music, all while you take a leisurely stroll from venue to venue in beautiful, historic Bendigo.
This is a celebration of Bendigo's heritage, it's amazing beer venues and Bendigo Beer's commitment to establish Bendigo as the craft beer capital of regional Australia.
Delicious beers, great food, fabulous music, and good times!
The 2022 Lost Trades Fair, 19th-20th March will be held at the Bendigo Racecourse and will showcase over 200 traditional makers - demonstrating and sharing their skills and their trades and crafts work. Come and see these trades being practised - meet the makers and have the opportunity to buy something truly unique.
Lost Trades aims to inspire, to educate, to show things made by real people rather than machines; to think about sustainability of what we buy, to excite people to make something with their own hands - to show them what people can do with practice, proper instruction and learned skill.
From master coopers working alongside stonemasons, bookbinders, chairmakers, ropemakers and luthiers, makers of rocking horses, penny farthings and coaches; hedgelayers, knifemakers, clockmakers and more. Master craftsmen and craftswomen who have been practising their trades for their whole life. With over 1,000 combined years of training - all in the one place - at the Lost Trades Fair you will find inspiration, find skill, find craftsmanship, find passion, find incredible stories and people.
Attracting a combined audience of over 100,000 visitors over the past six years, the Lost Trades Fair is unique, captivating and arguable the most inspiring and authentic show on earth.
Located in and around the township of Maldon, the Maldon Historic Reserve protects many relics from the gold mining era - abandoned shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, quartz roasting kilns, stone walls, chimneys, and machinery - as well as the box and ironbark forests.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
The Maldon Museum houses a remarkable collection of objects and records, which represents the essence of Maldon and the diverse stories of Maldon and the District. The timeline exhibition tells of the area's earliest inhabitants, the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the European pastoralists, and the people from many countries who came to call Maldon home as gold mining flourished from the 1850s and the town boomed.
Separate exhibitions explore several local themes including gold mining methods, trade unionism, and heritage conservation.
The Museum is situated in the State heritage-listed former Maldon Market House, c1859 which is well worth a look in its own right. The collection includes many significant historical items as well as a wealth of valuable local history material which is available for onsite research by both amateurs and professionals.
The Maldon Museum and Archives are nestled in the delightful Maldon Gardens right in the centre of historic Maldon; Australia's first Notable Town as announced by the National Trust in 1966.
Groups can be catered for and there is plenty of parking nearby.
The District Museum is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The History Research Centre is open Fridays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm by appointment only.
Held annually at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, this free, fun family event is all about celebrating vegetarian cuisine from around the world. Enjoy vegetarian food from many different cultures, including; Mexican, Greek, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Italian, Indian, French, Tibetan, and more.
A coming together of friends, family, and cultures, learn how vegetarianism has developed in other communities, watch cooking demonstrations and sample vegetarian dishes from all over the globe. Learn the benefits of a vegetarian diet for your health and other sentient beings. Get your animal blessed by a monk inside The Great Stupa. There are heaps of activities for the kids too.