Explore Bendigo

Unearth rich culture in Bendigo, where the old is new, the attractions are authentic and the people are even more so. Bendigo Tramways, Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Pottery and the Bendigo Art Gallery have been staples of life here for over 125 years.

Creative souls, foodies, makers, movers and shakers are investing energy into this grand city, making it a destination to add to your bucket list.

Highlighting Bendigo's attractions

Joss House Temple Explore BendigoA true Bendigo highlight is the range of quality experiences and things to do. Our major attractions are diverse and exciting. With a great emphasis on interaction, our attractions offer enrichment and experiences that will be treasured forever. Make sure you include these in your itinerary:

Central Deborah Gold Mine:
Descend to the depths of Bendigo and explore a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom.

Bendigo Tramways:
See the sights of Bendigo aboard an iconic Vintage Talking Tram.

Bendigo Joss House Temple:
Gain fascinating insight into the intricacies of Chinese culture and beliefs at this Chinese place of worship.

Discovery Science & Technology Centre:
Inspire your scientific curiosity, with over 100 interactive exhibits you won’t know what to try first!

Bendigo Pottery:
Get your hands dirty at Australia’s oldest working pottery.

Golden Dragon Museum:
Discover the proud history of Bendigo’s Chinese community from the goldrush of the 1850s to the present day.

Bendigo Art Gallery:
Explore the world-class collection of Australia’s largest regional gallery.

The sense of discovery that was once achieved by striking gold, can now be felt by stepping into any one of the dining treasures in Bendigo. Established restaurants and wineries with great reputations are set amongst new and vibrant eateries, produce shops and vineyards offering innovation and diversity.

Dining options via the Vintage Talking Tram Tour

The following dining treasures can be easily accessed via the Vintage Talking Tram Tour:

Tram Stop No. 1:

  • The National hotel: “The Nash” is one of Bendigo’s most popular venues for locals and visitors.

Tram Stop No. 2:

  • El Gordo: A unique Spanish inspired experience.
  • The Dispensary Bar and Diner: Modern Australian menu served in the unique Chancery laneway.
  • Finders Keepers: Relaxed café right in the heart of Bendigo.
  • GPO: Mouth-watering selection of tapas, hot stone pizzas and Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar: Spanish fare in a quirky laneway venue.
  • The Shamrock Hotel: Casual dining and a relaxed atmosphere in one of Bendigo’s iconic buildings.
  • Boris Murgers: A burger experience you will remember!
  • Mr Beebe’s: It’s all about sharing at Mr Beebe’s.
  • Rocks on Rosalind: Big city bar culture and a bold menu allows foodies to escape to a place where contemporary design meets historic ambience.

Tram Stop No. 3:

  • Percy and Percy: Step into the old grocers of Percy and Percy and feel as though you’re in a destination cafe in Fitzroy.
  • Lakeview Hotel: Enjoy traditional pub fare with a modern twist.

Tram Stop No. 4:

  • Favourite Flavours: You’ll love the famous homemade Italian Gelato produced in-store.
  • The Boardwalk: Wholesome, seasonal, uncomplicated, fresh, funky and fast!

Tram Stop No.5:

  • Tysons Reef hotel: Picky eaters, adventurous eaters, whatever your taste - Tysons Reef Hotel have something for everyone.

Places to stay

Bendigo spoils visitors with accommodation options. There is something to suit all styles, needs and budgets.

An abundance of quality motels, caravan parks, serviced apartments, self-contained cottages and B&Bs make for an easy and enjoyable stay. The following Bendigo Accommodation providers can also arrange your tickets to visit any of our attractions from their reception: