24 Hours in Bendigo with Kids

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Posted 2023-07-10 by Cassie CBfollow
Image Credit: Bendigo Tourism

Miss 5 has always wanted to catch a "purple" train, also known as a VLine train so we took a look at the map and chose a destination based on a couple of different criteria. One that it wasn't too far away and two that there would be activities that we could do there. We choose the wonderful Victorian regional city of Bendigo.

Explore Bendigo

We caught the train from Southern Cross and it was an easy two-hour journey. We even saw some kangaroos in the paddocks once we got into the countryside.

Bendigo Station is conveniently located within walking distance of lots of restaurants and cafes, and our first stop was the gorgeous little Spanish restaurant El Gordo . The food here was absolutely delicious! I am still thinking about the chilli sardine Bocadillo!

After lunch, we checked into our motel Barclay on View . We shared the modest family room, which was fine for one night. It was freezing in Bendigo so we definitely appreciated the good heating.

We spent the afternoon doing a tour at the Central Deborah Gold Mine . Travelling 61 metres underground was a new experience for all of us. We were a little nervous, to begin with, but the wonderful guide, Jeremy soon had us at ease. The tour was really informative, and we left with a real appreciation for the gold miners. I would definitely recommend this tour. Miss 5 and Miss 7 enjoyed it, and so did myself and my husband.

Image Credit: Central Deborah Gold Mine

We were lucky to be in Bendigo for the last night of Electric Wonderland . This was amazing! Hopefully, it returns another year as we would definitely attend again.

We were lucky to snag a booth at Ghosty's Diner where the cheeseburgers were like old-school fish and chip sop burgers. Delicious!

Before heading home to Melbourne on Sunday we stopped by the Golden Dragon Museum . Despite it getting great reviews we felt that the family entrance fee of $40 was it bit steep for the amount there was to see and do.

The train ride back to Melbourne was jam-packed, but getting on at Bendigo (the first stop) meant that we managed to get four seats together.

We had a fabulous 24 hours in Bendigo and will definitely visit again.



222406 - 2023-07-10 02:28:47


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