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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published August 7th 2013
5 Top Things To Do in Bendigo
Bendigo was born on the back of the world's greatest gold rush, and in the process earned for itself the title of Australia's highest producing 19th century gold field.

The wealth of that strike is reflected in Bendigo today, the second largest inland city in Australia and home to many heritage listed colonial Victorian buildings.

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One of Bendigo's historic tram cars approaches Charing Cross in the heart of the city


Stand at the Charing Cross intersection and you can't help but appreciate the gold rush legacy, surrounded by early colonial architecture and with the ornate Alexandra Fountain, circa 1881, sitting atop a broad bridge spanning the viaduct.

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Many of Bendigo's fine old buildings reflect the cities wealth


This is a great place to visit and here at 5 top-notch attractions guaranteed to make your trip to Bendigo worthwhile.

Top of the list is the Central Deborah Mine whose original shafts date back to the 1860's. Those early efforts led to the development of a modern 'deep lead' mine in the 1940's which spanned 17 working levels over a depth of about 500 metres.

The Central Deborah is one of Bendigo's premier tourism attractions and a variety of tour options provide fabulous insights into the lives of gold miners working deep below the surface. This really is an attraction that should not be missed.

76 Violet Street, Bendigo
03) 5443 8322
www.central-deborah.com

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The Central Deborah poppet head is one of Bendigo's most prominent landmarks


The outstanding Golden Dragon Museum and Chinese Garden's traces Bendigo's proud Chinese heritage and showcases the part played by the Chinese community in the city's development.

The museum is home to Sun Loong, the world's longest processional dragon, and also to Old Loong, now retired and reputed to be the oldest processional dragon in the world.

9 Bridge Street, Bendigo
(03) 5441 5044
www.goldendragonmuseum.org

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The Chinese played a massive part in Victoria's gold rush and they and their culture are prominent in present-day Bendigo


Trams operated in Bendigo from 1890 until 1972 and today their years of service are commemorated by the world famous Talking Tram Tour. Running between the Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Chinese Joss house, the tour stops at Alexandra Fountain and the Tramways Museum.

1 Tramways Avenue, Bendigo
(03) 5442 2821
www.bendigotramways.com

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Bendigo's Talking Tram Tour is one of Australia's iconic tourist attractions



If you're looking for something in Bendigo to tantalise the taste-buds you can't go past the Wine Bank on View a centrally located wine bar and café operating from the old Union Bank building , circa 1876.

Open 7 days the Wine Bank offers an extensive selection of local, domestic and international wines as well as boutique beers. It's also a highly regarded café serving a quality Mediterranean style menu.

45 View Street, Bendigo
(03) 5444 4655
www.winebankonview.com


While your in town why not visit Australia's oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, established in 1858.

For the past 155 years Bendigo Pottery has been famous for its top quality ceramics. Today, as well as offering pottery classes, a real hands-on clay experience, and demonstrations by skilled potters, Bendigo Pottery has a large retail outlet and café serving light meals & coffee.

146 Midland Highway, Epsom
(03) 5448 4404
www.bendigopottery.com.au

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Benidgo has a host of other attractions including some great parks & gardens, the old Gaol and former Police Barracks


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Why? Take in the atmosphere of one of Australia's great and historical regional cities.
When: All year 'round
Phone: Bendigo Visitor Centre (03) 5434 6060
Where: Bendigo Visitor Centre 51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
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