While the city shines with historic beauty, cosmopolitan Bendigo is firmly set in the now.
Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. Every visit will reveal new surprises and experiences. With the gusto of a gold-seeking miner, the people who live here are creating fascinating products, services and stories that add to the richness of the region’s boom time past. It is an ever-changing feast to be explored. Nearby Heathcote has not missed the beat with artisans of food, wine and art flocking to be part of the action.
Wide streets lined by opulent buildings are now interwoven with intriguing laneways and arcades that are home to a new breed of innovators who again delve deep to create a vibrant energy across the city. Modern day Bendigo has sublime food, wine and shopping experiences against a stunning heritage backdrop.
Bendigo’s action-packed events calendar is a mix of long-standing traditions, food and wine events, car rallies, sporting excellence and a great sense of fun. Since the gold boom times of 1871, the local Chinese community have come together to add Chinese dragons, regalia and startling crackers to Australia’s longest continuous festival – the Bendigo Easter Festival.
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A magnificent gold rush put Bendigo on the map more than 150 years ago. Tents came first and then with the wealth from the gold came elaborately designed homes, public buildings and monuments that are still used today.
Once people came from around the world to prospect for gold and forge a new beginning. Today a similar exuberance has again put Bendigo on the map as an innovative city. Recent success stories include the expansion of Bendigo Bank, Jimmy Possum and Fernwood Fitness across Australia.An exciting energy has reshaped the towns and villages of Central Victoria.