The 10 Best Things to Do in Bendigo, Australia

July 27, 2017 Hana Mouser

Discover the best top things to do in Bendigo, Australia including Central Deborah Gold Mine, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo Visitor Centre, Golden Dragon Museum, Rosalind Park, Lake Weeroona, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo Botanic Gardens, Bendigo Joss House Temple.
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1. Central Deborah Gold Mine

76 Violet St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 3 5443 8322
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4.5 based on 652 reviews

Central Deborah Gold Mine

At Central Deborah Gold Mine you will discover more about Bendigo's golden past at a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom of the 1900s. Experience what conditions were really like for miners as you are guided through hidden underground tunnels by friendly and knowledgeable guides. Descending to the depths of Bendigo, gold fever strikes visitors on the famous Mine Experience Tour (61m underground), the exciting Underground Adventure Tour (85m underground) and Australia's deepest underground mine tour, Nine Levels of Darkness (228m underground). Central Deborah Gold Mine was named Victoria's Heritage and Cultural Attraction of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Reviewed By Andrew T - Maryborough, Australia

My wife and I did the nine levels of darkness tour and LOVED it! Joe and Jez were awesome guides that were full of knowledge about the history of gold mining in Bendigo and a couple of nice blokes to boot. We got to climb...MoreThank you for a great review of the Level 9 Tour. This is our most adventurous tour (there are options for easier tours) so it is great that you have also mentioned our great guides.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral

Corner High and Wattle Streets, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 3 5443 4400
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4.5 based on 422 reviews

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Reviewed By Rikbob - Bierton, United Kingdom

Visit when the sun is shining (which is often) to see the light shining through the windows and lighting up this stunning Cathedral. A great place to reflect, but also to hear from the guide about the history of the building.

42 View St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 3 5434 6088
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4.5 based on 933 reviews

Bendigo Art Gallery

Established in 1887, Bendigo Art Gallery is the largest, and one of the oldest regional galleries in Australia. The Gallery's collection is extensive and varied with an emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from 1800s onwards, alongside a strong collection of contemporary Australian art. The collection is complimented by dynamic temporary Exhibitions and a diverse range of public programs and events.

Reviewed By Saricie_Q - Taipei, Taiwan

Along with Ballarat Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery might be the best regional art galleries in Australia, maybe even in Southern Hemisphere. Its collection is actually on par with many art galleries from much larger cities. Aside from some 19th and 20th century artworks, I...MoreThank you for your review and for visiting the Gallery. Our contemporary collection is growing so our hangs will always offer something new. See you again soon. Kind regards, Mark

4. Bendigo Visitor Centre

51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 1800 813 153
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Bendigo Visitor Centre

The Bendigo Visitor Centre is the best place to start your Bendigo experience. It is a one-stop shop for accommodation bookings, event information and bookings, things to do information, historical details and for finding the perfect Bendigo memento.

Reviewed By Traveller88Melbourne - Melbourne

Welcome oasis on a hot day with galleries on either side upon entry. Apart from picking up brochures & getting info from friendly staff - this centre also has a "made local" gift shop. So if you have no time to visit Bendigo pottery, you can purchase some classic pieces here as well as other unique & the usual souvenirs - better quality. Loved the model of Deborah Mine in entry hallway. Post Office area was interesting. The other gallery displayed & retailed garden artwork.

5. Golden Dragon Museum

5-11 Bridge St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 3 5441 5044
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4.5 based on 472 reviews

Golden Dragon Museum

Reviewed By Tyrone907 - Bendigo, Australia

This is a must see when visiting Bendigo. The Dragon along is beautiful and you can also see the old dragon. The museum has lots of history of gold mining and the Chinese in Bendigo area. I have taken locals, overseas visitor and out of town people and they all have enjoyed the experience. Easter is a busy time but great time to see the Dragon doing it thing through the streets of Bendigo.

6. Rosalind Park

Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria, Australia +61 3 5434 6088
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4.5 based on 353 reviews

Rosalind Park

Reviewed By lydia0z - Melbourne, Australia

The Poppet Head lookout tower is always a favourite with the sweeping views of the city and beyond. The grounds are well cared for and the Observatory showcases flowers including orange blossom, gardenia, hydrangea and poinsettia. There are also outstanding statues in the Gardens and three towering palms at the main entrance.

7. Lake Weeroona

Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
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4.5 based on 414 reviews

Lake Weeroona

Reviewed By Ben D - Bendigo, Australia

Bring your walking shoes for a pleasant walk around this beautiful clean lake. The walking track is marked every 100 m so you know how far you have walked. It's no problems for the kids and there are many spots to stop, relax or view some of the wonderful scenery on your walk. The dog will love it too but it must be on a lead....it will meet many friends on the walk as well! The kids can play in the enormous playground there that is fully fenced for extra security. While they are playing you can grab yourself a coffee and something to eat from the food vans on site. You should bring your own food also because of the under cover barbeque facilities and plenty of Seating for any large gathering.......the kids will enjoy the visits of the variety of ducks and swans that will want to join you for your meal!! The famous Bendigo trams can be caught at this venue for whatever sites you want to visit and there is an excellent restaurant on site as well which encourages you to bring your dog and provides water for them. Parking is not too difficult to find and if you make the effort to visit you'll be pleasantly surprised and very happy that you did.

8. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

25 Sandhurst Town Rd | Myers Flat, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3556, Australia +61 3 5446 7568
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, being built near Bendigo Australia, is 50 metres square at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This makes it the biggest stupa in the Western World. We are also home to the worlds largest Jade Buddha statue - weighing in at four tonnes. On your visit you can enjoy visual delights of arts and Asian culture, learn more about the Buddhist faith as well as meditation and wellbeing, and experience the grand architecture with a guided tour.

Reviewed By CandJ60 - Bendigo, Australia

Driving around the wineries of northern Bendigo, we literally stumbled on the Great Stupa which loomed out of the bushland on an unsealed winding road.
An awe inspiring construction with plenty to see but much to be done... a great work in progress... as impressive as any Asian equivalent we have seen anywhere in our travels. The potential of the landscaping creates a vision which will provide a great sense of calm in the years to come. Amazingly there is already an aura of peace and mystery around this whole site, tread softly and feel uplifted.

9. Bendigo Botanic Gardens

557-559 Napier St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 3 5434 6000
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Reviewed By Headsterb - Sydney, Australia

Although there are some (faded) botanical names apparent this is mostly a gorgeous park to spend time with the family. If you go not expecting to learn anything but to enjoy a day in the park you will appreciate this great facility. Plenty of Seating, BBQs, shade, paths, wildlife, Playgrounds to make it worth a visit.

10. Bendigo Joss House Temple

Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia +61 3 5443 8255
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4 based on 138 reviews

Bendigo Joss House Temple

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship which was constructed in the 1860s, you will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold. During your visit the dedicated guides at the temple will regale you with fascinating stories about the lives of Chinese migrants on the Bendigo goldfields back in the mid-1800s and explain some of the intriguing beliefs and rituals that were practiced at the temple during this time. Constructed using locally handmade bricks and painted red - symbolising happiness, strength and vitality - the Bendigo Joss House Temple is considered a significant and unique part of Bendigo's cultural history.

Reviewed By manleyhelen9 - Melbourne, Australia

So interesting, travelled via talking tram, so we had one hour, before tram was back. Very good tour guide, an interesting History on the beginnings, and customs.Thank you for your kind 5 star review. We're glad we could share Bendigo's Chinese heritage with you. A great addition to your Vintage Talking Tram Tour.

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