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Located an easy hour and a half drive from Melbourne CBD, there is fun to be had in Bendigo for the kids, with a great range of family attractions and experiences to keep the whole family occupied. Bendigo means “gold” with mine tours available and grand buildings and historical interactions everywhere. Fun for the kids is sure to be had at the Discovery Science Centre.


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.

Visit historic Castlemaine, a bustling town renowned for its eclectic arts scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination.One of Victoria’s leading arts events, this 10-day festival features theatre, music, art and dance. Held in March in odd-numbered years.

Kangaroo Flat is a large suburb of Bendigo, 5 km south-west of the city centre.  Crusoe Reservoir and No. 7 Park is a popular  destination for cycling, walking, jogging and fishing. 

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 Art Gallery

    Bendigo Art Gallery was founded in 1887 - Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Year..

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  • Bendigo RSL

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  • Bendigo Tourism

    Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes.

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  • Bendigo Park Lane Holiday Park

    Put your feet up (and your wallet away) while our wide range of facilities entertain the kids all day long.

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