In the 1850s, Victoria and Melbourne exploded with wealth after gold was discovered in Bendigo. The fields surrounding these towns were Australia's richest and transformed Victoria into the most affluent state in Australia at the time. Much of the history of these gold rush towns has been preserved. Bendigo flourished during the gold rush era and now continues to be one of the finest cities in country Victoria with grand old buildings, original facades, vintage tram sightseeing tours, underground visits to the old Central Deborah Gold Mine, the Classical Chinese Gardens, Golden Dragon Museum and 20 vineyards in another major wine region.
There is a great range of Bendigo accommodation centrally located to the town’s iconic historical buildings and elegant architecture. Designed to cater for couples, families and friends, Bendigo accommodation offers something to suit all budgets, within minutes of popular local shopping, dining and attractions. Bendigo accommodation ranges from holiday parks and comfortable hotels to full service resorts and popular heritage cottages, B&B’s and vineyard estates. Soaking up the fascinating history and rich culture that the region is famous for, Bendigo accommodation is an experience as unique as the town itself.
Bendigo holiday packages are the ideal way to make the most out of your visit to this historically beautiful gold rush town. Offering the best value for money as well as a great way to save time and money when planning and booking your trip, these Bendigo holiday packages allow you to combine all your holiday needs into one discounted package. Bundling together everything from accommodation to flights or car hire, transfers, tours, travel insurance, meals and more, these holiday packages offer significant savings. You’ll also benefit from access to a range of bonus inclusions such as free nights, complimentary room upgrades, breakfast daily, activities, tours, massages and more.
Steeped in gold rush history, Bendigo is home to a wide ange of attractions including a rich Chinese culture that was brought to the region with miners during the gold rush period. A particularly pretty city, Bendigo is home to a number of picturesque parks and gardens, landmarks and stunning heritage architecture. Vintage tram sightseeing tours are a popular way to take in the beauty of the town, including the spectacular Alexandra Fountain, ornate Shamrock Hotel and breathtaking Rosaling Park complete with open-air fernery and cascading waterfall. No visit to Bendigo would be complete without an underground visit to the old Central Deborah Gold Mine or the Classical Chinese Gardens and Golden Dragon Museum. The region is also home to 20 vineyards, worth taking a break to enjoy dining by the vines and sampling local varieties from the cellar door, including the famous Shiraz.
Located 147km from Melbourne, getting to Bendigo is an easy 90 minutes by car on the Calder Freeway. Situated in Victoria’s geographical centre, Bendigo also enjoys a number of excellent rail services. Situated at the junction of the Calder, McIvor, Midland and Loddon Valley Highways, driving to Bendigo is easy, not just from Melbourne but from a number of surrounding destinations as well. However, if you don’t have access to a car or would prefer to enjoy the scenery on the way rather than concentrating on the road, the new VLocity train services are ideal. Departing Melbourne, these regular services pass through Gisborne, Macedon, Woodend, Kyneton, Malmsbury and Castlemaine and offer connecting services from Mildura, Echuca, Swan Hill, Maryborough and Daylesford.