Bendigo's food, wine & fashion is in full bloom.
As we welcome warmer days and clear skies, our famed tulips open to brighten the beautiful heritage streets...
Fossick for local food & wine...
Fresh local produce is in abundance on restaurant menus, at nearby farm-gates and at the bustling farmers markets held in Bendigo and Heathcote. Visit the Bendigo Visitor Centre and pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Guide to explore all the tasty treasures. more...
...and Discover The taste of the Season
Experience the 'plat de la saison' (plate of the season) as part of the innovative Life's a Dish program in seven of the region's best eateries. As a memento you can even take home a hand-painted dish to savour memories of your visit. more...
While the city shines with the grandeur of another time, shopping and dining in modern Bendigo is firmly set in the now.
There's a bustling ambience along View Street, Bendigo's popular arts precinct. It's lined by some of Victoria's most superb gold rush architecture, exquisite boutiques, the world-class Bendigo Art Gallery and sophisticated bars and cafés.
Find yourself a seat with a view as you sip a latte in the glorious sunshine. Gold rush architecture creates the stunning backdrop for sidewalk dining with a distinctly European feel.
A sunny glow beckons you outdoors to enjoy our magnificent gardens...
... and an array of springtime events.
The Bendigo Fashion Festival is on from 9–25 September, celebrating the region's local designers and innovators, featuring Jenny Kee, internationally acclaimed artist and designer.
Our two major food and wine events happen at this time every year. Come along to the Heathcote Wine & Food Festival on 6–7 October for a gathering of the artisan winemakers of Heathcote. Enjoy live entertainment, great food and some of Australia's most distinctive wines.
Bendigo's iconic moveable feast Bendigo Wealth Heritage Uncorked takes to the streets the following weekend on 13–14 October. The winemakers of Bendigo create this unique wine festival to celebrate Bendigo wine, local restaurants and our boom time architecture.
The spring racing season is set to captivate Bendigo with the popular Jayco Bendigo Cup on 31 October, the week leading into the Melbourne Cup. A focus on fashion adds style and fun.
A community celebration of 150 years of rail in Bendigo will take place on 21 October at the Bendigo Railway Precinct, with fun for the whole family and the re-launch of Bendigo's own R711 – completely restored by Steamrail Victoria.
The Bendigo Agricultural Show is on 26–27 October, and for tennis fans the William Loud Bendigo International Pro Tour from 27 October–4 November.
And the events keep rolling on, there's the National Swap Meet from 17–18 November, which is well-known as the biggest swap meet in the southern hemisphere – people come from far and wide to find vintage cars, collectables and much more.
For those who love live music the Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, on from 8–11 November adds some rhythm to late spring.
Bendigo is in full bloom this spring!