Advance to Pall Mall. Just like a Monopoly board, here lies prime real estate. We’re talking heritage buildings reminiscent of the great European cities. From the mid-to-late 1800s local architects drew from the traditions of their mother countries to design public and private buildings that were frankly a little OTT.
Today, many of Bendigo’s old banks, theatres, hotels and public buildings have been repurposed as restaurants and bars, retail, galleries and the visitor information centre. And look out for the historic statues, monuments and water features dotted throughout – not to mention a stunning 19th century glass conservatory that houses more than a few arty surprises.
Many Bendigo festivals make great use of these spaces. Or take a tour of the highlights at any time. The Bendigo Town Hall is a must-see. Its ornate interior was designed by the same artisan who worked on Denmark’s palace. So royal.
Download a copy of the Great Walks of Bendigo - Heritage Buildings to help you explore our heritage on foot.
Image by Ewen Bell.