Bendigo is the fourth largest city in Victoria. The Bendigo area has a population of over 100,000 people. Bendigo’s history is based solely around gold. Gold started being discovered in Bendigo in the 1850’s and saw a large number of people travelling to live in Bendigo from all parts of the world. Between 1850 and 1900 there was more gold found in Bendigo than anywhere in the world. It was around nine billion dollars of gold. But....there was very little surface gold, it was contained in rich quartz reefs stretching all over the city. Since 1851, 777 tonnes of gold has been taken from this area. Back in the 19th century, Bendigo was the highest gold town in Australia. Lake Weeroona is a pretty lake located in the heart of Bendigo. It has a range of things to do, from walking tracks, playground, restaurant and picnic spots. The Talking Tram stops at Lake Weeroona. The Talking Tram is quite a famous attraction in Bendigo. Jump on an old tram and explore Bendigo whilst listening to the audio explaining Bendigo’s history through the loud speakers. The Discovery Science and Technology Centre is a must visit for kids. They can play with everything and it teaches them different things relating to science. Bendigo Pottery has a range of pottery activities for young kids to try. Painting, potting wheel class, clay play kits and they have school holiday activities that are different and interesting. Bendigo is an interesting town, so close to Melbourne and so many things to do, it is a must visit destination.
Things to do in the area include:
Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes.