A couple of weeks ago we did a day trip to Bendigo and decided to stay the night. I only wish we could have stayed for at least another day. Bendigo is a wonderful old town and the perfect place to stroll around and unwind. It has so many beautiful old buildings and some great new shops as well. There's even a very respectable sized cinema complex to catch a movie if you are so inclined.
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We stayed at the historic Shamrock Hotel and loved it. This hotel has quite a history and more than a few reincarnations. Originally a restaurant built in 1854, it grew into a hotel around 1860. Our room was about $190 for the night and included breakfast.
During the day we sat out on the huge old verandah and enjoyed a glass of wine. Afterwards we strolled around town, looked in some shops, had a bite to eat, walked and shopped some more and then returned to The Shamrock for dinner. We ate out on the verandah again and I give the food and the service 5 stars.
Bob Boutique at 17 Williamson Street was one of my favourite shops. They sell some really quirky stuff, a lot of it has a Japanese feel to it. Check them out here.
I have also stayed at The Shamrock and it's a beautiful old building, there is so much to do in Bendigo that you really need a few days. The Chinese Museum is well worth a visit, and the Art Gallery and the beautiful park right in the main street. We usually travel up by train, it's so relaxing.