Population: 91,713 (June 2010 SD) (20th)
Established: 1851
Postcode: 3550
Elevation: 225 m (738 ft)
Area: 2998.97 km (1,157.9 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
Location: 150 km (93 mi) NW of Melbourne
Local Government Area: City of Greater Bendigo
County: Bendigo
State District:
  • Bendigo East
  • Bendigo West
  • Federal Division: Division of Bendigo
    Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    20.7 °C 7.5 °C 550.7 mm

    Bendigo is a major regional city in the state of Victoria, Australia, located very close to the geographical centre of the state and approximately 150 kilometres north west of the state capital Melbourne. It is the second largest inland city and fourth most populous city in the state. The estimated urban population is 91,713. It is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Bendigo which encompasses both the urban area and outlying towns spanning an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometres. Inhabitants of Bendigo are known as Bendigonians.

    Originally taking its name from the Bendigo Creek, the name became official in 1891. Shortly afterwards, the term "Bendigonians" was coined to describe its residents.

    Bendigo is one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia. Gold was discovered in 1851 at The Rocks on Bendigo Creek and the Bendigo Valley was found to be a rich alluvial field where gold could easily be extracted. News of the finds intensified the Victorian gold rush bringing an influx of migrants to the city from around the world within a year and transforming it from a station to a major settlement in the newly proclaimed Colony of Victoria.

    Bendigo is notable for its Victorian architectural heritage and gold mining history. Since 1851 over 22 million ounces of gold have been extracted from its goldmines, making it the highest producing 19th Century goldfield in Australia in the nineteenth century and the largest gold mining economy in Eastern Australia. It is the largest finance centre in Victoria outside of Melbourne as home to Australia's only provincially headquartered retail bank, the Bendigo Bank, and the Bendigo Stock Exchange.

    Bendigo Vintage Talking Tram Tour more_vert
    $18.00 AUD Book
    There is no better way to see Bendigo than aboard a beautifully refurbished Vintage Talking Tram.
    Whether you're in Bendigo for the weekend or just have an hour to spare, a Vintage Talking Tram Tour is the quickest way to get your bearings and see the city's key landmarks and monuments. Or take your time discovering the city by hopping on and off the tram to explore the many parks, attractions, shopping and dining facilities that are within walking distance of the tram stops. Our friendly tram drivers and conductors are always happy to chat and give you some "insider" tips on what else there is to do during your Bendigo break.
    Each tour includes a 10-minute stop at the tram depot ... home to our heritage tram fleet. We highly recommend staying a bit longer to do the free self-guided tour and to meet Birney, our famous cat!

    Catch a beautifully refurbished Vintage Talking Tram from Tram Stop 1 at Central Deborah Gold Mine. Trams run half hourly throughout the day starting at 10am. We recommend downloading the timetable from our website. The tram tour is a one hour round trip for those who have limited time, however your ticket is valid throughout the day, so you can hop on and off as often as you like. Free parking is available at all the tram stops except the City Centre stop (Tram Stop 2).
    The tour, which includes an onboard commentary, takes you through the centre of Bendigo past key landmarks, including: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Alexandra Fountain, Rosalind Park, the Shamrock Hotel, the Old Post Office and Law Courts; the Conservatory gardens, Chinese precinct and Lake Weeroona. 
    The tour is also within walking distance of numerous scenic parks and tourist attractions, including: Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Art Gallery, Golden Dragon Museum, Discovery Science and Technology Centre; Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop; Bendigo Woollen Mills, the Bendigo Joss House Temple and Peppergreen Farm.
    There are great dining options within walking distance of all the Tram Stops.
    Our friendly tram drivers and conductors are there to help with any questions you have about the city and will gladly assist you with some "insider" tips on what else there is to do during your Bendigo break.

    • $18.00
    • query_builder 1 to 6 hrs
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    Central Deborah Gold Mine Experience Tour more_vert
    $32.00 AUD Book
    Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp, descend 61 metres beneath the surface and walk in the footsteps of past gold miners at Bendigo's iconic Central Deborah Gold Mine. With only the lamp on your helmet to light the path our friendly and knowledgeable guides will regale you with stories from a bygone era as you explore the honeycomb of underground tunnels, see past mining equipment in action and discover what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush. Afterwards, explore the surface of the mine with its treasure trove of vintage mining machinery, gold panning and interpretive museum.

    • 75 minute walking tour with an expert tour guide.
    • Kit-up in a hard hat and miner's lamp.
    • Descend 61 metres underground via an industrial lift.
    • Explore an authentic gold mine that operated during the gold rush era.
    • Uncover the unique geology of Bendigo and see gold in its original state.
    • Experience pitch darkness, rock drill, bogger and explosive displays.
    • Hear about the unique characters that worked on the Bendigo Goldfields.
    • Try your hand at panning for gold.
    • Be amazed by the Engine Room which contains the Winder that was installed in 1945 and is notable as the only complete working example in Australia, and is still used daily by our mine crew.
    • Climb the poppet head for a birds-eye view of Bendigo.

    • $32.00
    • query_builder 75 minutes
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