"Bendigo (Goldfields)" State of Victoria Things to Do Tip by leffe3

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Victoria's 4th city and another gold rich settlement. When discovered in 1851, 'fossicking' for gold was easy - you moreorless simply fell over lumps of the precious commodity! When it became a little harder, panning in a quest for alluvial gold developed in the local creeks. Sandhurst changed its name to Bendigo and, when the big companies moved in to mine the gold below the surface, money was poured into the town and the majestic public and private buildings were built.

It's a grand place that, unlike Ballarat, has retained its air of prosperity. Its a university town (La Trobe), has interesting museums and relics from the 'glory days', and vineyards aplenty in the immediate surrounds.

Bendigo is approximately 150kms north west of Melbourne and is connected by train and bus to the capital. Along with Ballarat and (approximately) Avoca, forms the triangle of the main Victorian goldfields.

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  • Updated Apr 25, 2006
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