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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.