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Day Trip to Bendigo

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by Linda Dalziel (subscribe)
"The good things in life are family, friends,good food & wine,books you can't put down & as much travel as you can cram in."
Published February 8th 2013
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The Shamrock Hotel
The Shamrock Hotel

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.

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.

Stained glass window
Stained glass window, Shamrock Hotel

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.

Bob Boutique
Bob Boutique

Bags on Williamson at 30 Williamson St was another place I had trouble getting out of. Their range was fantastic and my husband and I both bought a wallet each. Very reasonable prices too.

Bags on Williamson
Bags on Williamson

All in all, a lovely way to pass some time and not to far from Melbourne. Oh yes, thanks to my husband for not minding featuring in my photos. No idea who the lady bending over is, though. Cheers.
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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.
by janef (score: 2|105) 2127 days ago
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