Get Inspired / Regional Victoria Victoria: Bendigo Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Regional Victoria Victoria: Bendigo story by: Tom Ricketts Less than two hours drive northwest of Melbourne is the charming city of Bendigo. With a vibrant arts scene, delectable food and wine, magnificent heritage and a very long history, experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as a fantastic option for a couple of days outside of the big city. Bendigo has long been settled by Aboriginal peoples and farmers, but it wasn’t until the Victorian Gold Rush that the city really came to existence. It’s thought there were 40,000 prospectors in Bendigo within a year of gold being found, a staggering number when you consider the population of Melbourne at the time was only 23,000! The Victorian Gold Rush was one of the richest and longest in the world, and you can certainly see evidence of this in Bendigo’s town centre. The town centre is home to an impressive collection of heritage buildings, many of which can be visited today on cycling or walking tours. Art lovers will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of galleries in town. The Post Office Gallery has a ‘Social Collection’ of significant artefacts from Bendigo’s history. There’s an Antique Gallery, Visual Arts Centre, and a Living Arts Space, all with their own unique collections bound to please. The Bendigo Art Gallery has a collection dating from 1850 and attracts many travelling exhibitions. The land around Bendigo may no longer contain any gold, but it is certainly still producing for the region. The rich soils have been planted with vines and the town is now surrounded by dozens of cellar doors. Many of the vineyards are clustered together just south of the town making it an easy day out enjoying the good life. Many varieties are found, but Bendigo is particularly well known for its Shiraz. After experiencing the local dining scene, head to the historic and elegant Capital Theatre or the brand new Ulumbarra Theatre for a show. Click here for Melbourne and Beyond HOT deals ending 30 June. Click here for HOT year round Victoria deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Victoria: The Murray Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Victoria’s Top 20 Restaurants Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.