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A weekend in Bendigo: see, do, shop

Discover the joy of missing out on the rat race when you visit this Gold Rush town with a thriving gallery and craft scene, boutique food and wine experiences, and oodles of historic charm

Once, they came here lured by gold. Today, Bendigo’s cultural and culinary riches are the drawcard. This town at the geographic heart of Victoria boomed during the Gold Rush of the 1850s, a legacy of which are many grand Victorian buildings, parks, and surrounding villages. In recent years, Bendigo and its villages have attracted a new breed of tree changers with experience in the arts, design, food and wine.

Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne Airport or 90-120 minutes via V/Line from Southern Cross Station, Bendigo has plenty to offer visitors, whether they’re seeking exclusive exhibitions and festivals, world class eating and drinking, or simply an escape from the frenetic pace of Melbourne.

While you're planning your Bendigo adventure, be sure to check out our favourite spots to eat, drink and stay. 

Image credit: Forever Marilyn by Seward Johnson ©1996, 2011 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. Based on the photo by Bernard of Hollywood. Photo: Jim Marshall

Central Deborah Goldmine

Half a kilometre deep, the Central Deborah Goldmine Bendigo operated from 1939 to 1954 and yielded nearly a tonne of gold. Find your inner prospecter during a guided tour through the shafts and tunnels and keep an eye out for any remaining seams of gold.


76 Violet Street, Bendigo 3550. 03 5443 8255. Various times. $16-$83. Daily.

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Bendigo Pottery

Bendigo Pottery was founded in 1857 and houses Australia’s oldest pottery kilns, which still operate today. Watch potters and artisans at work, peruse the museum, shop in the Antiques and Collectables Centre, or have a go yourself Ghost-style.

 
1467 Midland Hwy, Epsom 3551. 03 5448 4404. 9am-5pm daily.

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