Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Bendigo

Golden Dragon Museum & Gardens

Bendigo’s Chinese heritage sets it apart from other goldfields towns, and this fantastic museum is the place to experience it. Walk through a huge wooden door into an awesome chamber filled with dragons and amazing …
Top Choice Gallery in Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery

One of Victoria’s finest regional galleries (founded in 1887), the permanent collection here includes outstanding colonial and contemporary Australian art. It includes works by the likes of Russell Drysdale, Arthur …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Bendigo

Mason's of Bendigo

Casual yet sophisticated, the menu at hatted Mason's is dominated by local produce to create an agreeable mix of fine food and great atmosphere. Order a bunch of tasting plates such as duck spring rolls or gin-and-t…
Top Choice Pub in Bendigo

Goldmines Hotel

Just outside the CBD in the west of town is this old local watering hole in a grand old mansion (1857). It's famous for its leafy beer garden that keeps on going and going. It has a bunch of craft beers on tap, live…
Top Choice Landmark in Bendigo

Bendigo Talking Tram

For an interesting tour of the city, hop aboard one of the restored vintage ‘talking’ trams. The hop-on, hop-off trip runs from the Central Deborah Goldmine to the Tramways Museum every half-hour, making half-a-doze…
Top Choice Bar in Bendigo

Dispensary Bar & Diner

With its sneaky laneway location and intimate den-like space, the Dispensary is equal to any of Melbourne's hip city bars. They have a selection of 90 craft beers, 40 gins and 60 whiskies, along with quality cocktai…
Arts Centre in Bendigo

Bendigo Pottery

Australia’s oldest pottery works, the Bendigo Pottery was founded in 1857 and is classified by the National Trust. The historic kilns are still used; watch potters at work, admire the gorgeous ceramic pieces (all fo…
Church in Bendigo

Sacred Heart Cathedral

You can’t miss the soaring steeple of this magnificent cathedral. Though construction began in the 19th century it was only completed in 2001 with the installation of bells from Italy in the belfry. Inside, beneath …
Spanish in Bendigo

El Gordo

Hidden down a city laneway is this Spanish cafe doing authentic tapas such as patatas bravas as well as soft-shell crab bocadillos (baguette) with jalapenos and aioli. There's also a good menu of raciones and Wester…
Cultural in Bendigo

Vesak Festival of Light

Held at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is this annual festival celebrating Buddha's birthday, culminating in a spectacular light show and fireworks display. During the day there are tours of the stupa, medi…