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Things to Do in Bendigo

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 4th 2013
Bendigo has more going on than you think
Bendigo, a town rich in gold mining history, is 150 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. Greater Bendigo National Park surrounds the town and is a great place for hiking and picnics.

Bendigo, Goldfields, Gardens
Bendigo from the Botanical Gardens. Credits: Wikipedia

The town centre is easy to navigate and retains many heritage listed buildings. Hargreaves Street is a main shopping strip and includes fashion outlets, cafes and markets.

If you get tired from exploring the town, The Vintage Talking Tram Tour is a favourite with tourist, and covers 8.4 kilometres throughout the city.

A friendly place to take a break for lunch and a drink is the Hotel Shamrock Restaurant & Cafe Bendigo, at the corner of Pall Mall and Williamson Street. There is a saloon-style bar and lounge downstairs, and a Victorian Wine Room upstairs with fine dining.

Bendigo has several festivals throughout the year with an arts and agriculture focus. The Bendigo Agricultural Show is on the 26th and 27th of October. General enquiries can be emailed to It includes markets, animal shows, games and food stalls. It is a good time to stay in Bendigo when the spring weather sets in.

There are many accommodation options in Bendigo. A great pick for value and location is Comfort Inn Julie-Anna. The rooms are recently renovated, and the Comfort Inn is close to the CBD, at 268 Napier Street, Bendigo. It also has a pool. Call Julie on (03) 5442 5855 with your enquiries.
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Why? Bendigo is an easy day or overnight trip from Melbourne
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Your Comment
Thanks for the tips. This will be one of my winter weekend trips away...seeing as I'm not a big fan of the beach during the cold months! Lots to explore.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 3559 days ago
Try Morleys Emporium in Mitchell street.Quirky toys,edgey cotheing,music,good food and drinks.
by fireh (score: 0|4) 2374 days ago
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