"THE HISTORIC GOLD RUSH CITY OF BENDIGO" Top 5 Page for this destination Bendigo by balhannah

Bendigo Travel Guide: 106 reviews and 238 photos


Created during one of the biggest Gold Rushes in the world, this is a City that it worth visiting. Every time I come here, I find somewhere new to visit!

Bendigo has opulence!

The gold rush began in 1851 when the first diggers rushed to the Bendigo fields and continued until 1954 when the last bucket of ore was brought to the surface.
Bendigo became a mix of nationalities, the Irish at St Killians, the Cornish at Long Gully and the Germans at Ironbark Gully, all came here after one thing - GOLD!
The city has many fine buildings, and quite a few are to do with the Chinese.

There a lots of beautiful parks, I just didn't take photo's of any!

Do come to Bendigo, it is easily reached by public transport, or is approx a 90min drive from Melbourne along the four lane divided Calder Freeway (A79).

After having a wonderful time in Bendigo [I wished I had an extra day], it was time to start heading back to Brisbane, but still some more interesting towns and sights to see before then.
Our next stop is at the small town of ROCHESTER, where one of Australias greatest cyclists was born.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting history about the Chinese & gold rush era
  • In a nutshell:A must visit when in Victoria!
  • Last visit to Bendigo: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    G'day, Dee! It was interesting to learn about the Gold Rush city....Thanks for your advice...

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Beautiful buildings! I feel like I've been here before but I've never been to Australia. Great page!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Feb 23, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Thanks John! Bendigo has some many lovely buildings, all built on the profits from gold!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    You can tell that Bendigo had lots of money to go around. The buildings are amazing and beautiful. I really like the little cottages.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Dee, this was really interesting. Bendigo seemed to do quite well, were other former gold mining towns as prosperous looking? Seemed like an interesting diverse mix of folks. Great photos. It was nice to see the ornate lamps, buildings, you say that is uncommon in Australia

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Thanks Val. Yes, in their heydeys, the goldmining towns were really wealthy, so they poured money into buildings, even in the small towns.
      Bendigo has many beautiful buildings, a lot more than I have written about. Have been there many times, and guess will be back there again one day.


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