Located 150km North of Melbourne, the regional centre of Bendigo fuses the very best of arts and culture with a vibrant food scene making it a popular road trip destination. Bendigo made its mark in 1851 when gold was first discovered in the area, attracting crowds of fortune seekers from across the globe.  To the present day, gold remains the city’s headline act and Bendigo is currently the seventh largest goldfield in the world and the second highest producing goldfield in the country.

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No trip is complete without visiting the Central Deborah Gold Mine, one of the last commercial mines to operate in the area. Look the part and grab a hard hat and miner’s lamp before embarking on an underground mine tour. One of the best ways to see and learn more about the city is to board the Vintage Talking Tram and enjoy a 5km tour journeying past Bendigo’s top attractions and architectural buildings.

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Art lovers may best know the town for the Bendigo Art Gallery – one of Australia’s largest and oldest regional art museums and proudly the host of world-exhibits. The prosperous city also impresses with its line-up of award-winning restaurants and cafes that showcase the local produce and provide a true paddock to plate experience. Browse Choice Hotels Bendigo accommodation and start your next adventure.

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