Heritage Unwrapped

Heritage Unwrapped: Join us on Saturday 12 May to enjoy Bendigo's best heritage experiences.

Participating attractions include; Bendigo Tramways, Bendigo Joss House Temple, Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo Woollen Mills, Bendigo Art Gallery, Central Deborah Gold Mine, Golden Dragon Museum and the Town Hall.

Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world's greatest gold rushes. The city's heritage is such an integral part of Bendigo's story that it has been carefully preserved and is available for everyone to enjoy.

The strong support that the city's heritage sites receive from the local community is key to their continued survival in Bendigo. "Heritage Unwrapped" is an open day event that aims to celebrate this support, so that locals and visitors alike can explore the best heritage experiences the city has to offer.

There is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy! Download the schedule here. 


Mine Experience TourCentral Deborah Gold Mine

Explore the hidden underground tunnels of a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom.

  • Access the surface of the mine: Try your hand at panning for treasure, making your own miner's tag and plummeting underground on Cage Rider.
    TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    COST: Donation
    PLACE: 76 Violet Street, Bendigo
  • Mine Experience Tours: Descend 61 metres underground and walk in the footsteps of past miners.
    TIMES: 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12.00pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.00pm
    COST: HALF PRICE. Adult $15. Conc. $13.25. Child $8.00. Bookings Recommended. BOOK ONLINE..
    PHONE: 5443 8322
    PLACE: 76 Violet Street, Bendigo

Blues TraBendigo Tramways

Visit Australia's 2016 Cultural Tourism Attraction of the Year! Click here for the Tram Timetable.

  • Anzac Centenary Tram: Hear the story of Bendigo throughout WW1
    TIME: 10:00am - 5:15pm
    COST: Donation
  • Blues Tram: Sit back and enjoy performances by Luke Watt and Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies
    TIME: 10:20am - 12:35pm
    COST: Donation
  • Dja Dja Wurrung Tram: Discover the traditions of Bendigo's first people and hear a story more than 40,000 years in the making
    TIME: 10:40am - 5:30pm
    COST: Donation
  • Vintage Talking Tram Tour: Enjoy entertaining stories about the city founded on one of the world's richest goldfields.
    TIME: 12:44pm - 5:00pm
    COST: Donation
  • Join the Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team as they catch a tram to the Bendigo Joss House Temple.
    TIME: 10:50am from the Charing Cross Tram Stop.
    COST: Free
    Bookings Essential. BOOK ONLINE.
  • Depot & Workshop Tour: Discover the colourful history of our iconic tram fleet and see first-hand the craftsmanship and techniques that are involved in restoring each tram to its former glory.
    TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    COST: Donation
    PHONE: 5442 2821
    PLACE: 1 Tramways Avenue, Bendigo

Joss HouseBendigo Joss House Temple

Explore the oldest Chinese place of worship still on its original site in Australia. Celebrating 150 years in 2021.

  • Guided Tours: Discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold.
    TIME: 10:30am - 3:00pm
    COST: Donation
    PHONE: 5442 1685
    PLACE: Finn Street, North Bendigo
  • Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team Performance: 
    TIME: 11:30am
    COST: Free
  • Feed the Fish
    TIME: 12:30pm
    COST: Free

Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery, Icons from the historic collection tour

Learn about Bendigo's unique heritage, and the paintings and sculptures linked to our city's past.

TIME: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm
COST: Donation
PHONE: 5434 6088
PLACE: 42 View Street, Bendigo

 


Town HallBendigo Visitor Centre

  • Town Hall Tour: Step back into our Golden Era and experience one of the most remarkable boom time buildings in Victoria.
    TIME: 11:00am
    COST: Donation
    PHONE: 1800 813 153
    PLACE: 189-193 Hargreaves Street
    BOOK ONLINE
  • Old Post Office Tour: Explore the majestic and lovingly restored landmark which housed the Post Office from 1887 to 1997.
    TIME: 2:00pm
    COST: Donation
    PHONE: 1800 813 153
    PLACE: 51-67 Pall Mall
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Bendigo Pottery2Bendigo Pottery Interpretive Museum

Step back in time and learn about the production processes, machinery, working conditions and traditional skills of Bendigo Pottery from its beginning in 1858 to the present.

TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm
COST: Donation
PHONE: 5448 4404
PLACE: 146 Midland Highway, Epsom

 


Golden Dragon MuseumGolden Dragon Museum Bridge Street Chinatown Heritage Tour

Including the Old Bendigo Chinese Association Building, the Dai Gum San Precinct, old cemetery site, the pomelo tree, James Lamsey's Herbalist Practice and the Guan Yin Temple.

TIME: 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
COST: Donation
PHONE: 5441 5044
PLACE: 1-11 Bridge Street, Bendigo

 


Dear UnaSoldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Presents: First World War Postcards to Una of Harcourt

This exhibition presents a group of postcards sent by Australian soldiers serving in the First World War. They were received by schoolgirl, Una Frankling of Harcourt, from men who had lived nearby or had strong links with the Harcourt area.

The postcards map their journeys from Broadmeadows Camp, to South Africa, Egypt and Europe. Cards depicting local landmarks in England were penned during times of convalescence and leave from the front.

Feelings of homesickness and despair are conveyed, as well as humour and observations of local customs. Several of the cards are silk with embroidered patriotic messages.

TIME: 10:00am - 3:00pm
COST: FREE
PHONE: 5449 2700
PLACE: Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo


Bendigo Woollen MillsBendigo Woollen Mills Tour

Discover the history of the Woollen Mills building when it was part of the tramways and a guided tour of the wool production process.

TIME: 10:00am, 11:00am and 12:00pm
COST: Donation
PHONE: 1800 813 153
PLACE: 4 Lansell Street, Bendigo (Access through Bendigo Tramways Depot)
BOOK ONLINE