Ready for some reconnection? Pack your bags and some intimate pleasures in Bendigo’s stunning wine country – and all it takes is one long weekend. From dining in vineyards overlooking rolling countryside to events and picnics in majestic gardens, you’ll find plenty of romantic things to do in Bendigo. Rekindle the senses and reward yourself with some invigorating memories.
Bendigo Eateries and Gastronomy
Appointed as Australia’s first UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, in 2019 Bendigo become one of a handful of cities in the world to be recognised for its quality produce and exciting food culture. With thriving farmer’s markets, acclaimed vineyards and outstanding restaurants and it’s not hard to see why.
Book yourself in for an award-winning paddock-to-plate experience at Masons of Bendigo – this elegant establishment is a culinary legend. Ready to raise a glass? Step down historic Chancery Lane to the Dispensary Bendigo, a gin and whiskey diner set behind wrought iron gates and in historic goldrush stonework (psst try the outstanding degustation menu).
Bendigo’s dark soil also makes it perfect for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Share a bottle at The Balgownie Estate, Benidgo’s oldest vineyard. Only 10 minutes from town this influential vineyard produces rich, savoury wines and is home to a restaurant with an outdoor deck. Drop into Sandhurst Ridge Winery for an Italian-styled tasting experience.
Gold Class Bendigo Events
From Elvis exhibitions to 1850s artworks, Bendigo is packed with dynamic art shows and events. Home to 19th-century and modern art, Bendigo Art Gallery is one of Australia’s oldest regional galleries. Created in partnership with Graceland, Elvis: Direct from Graceland is a dazzling July exhibition of Elvis paraphernalia, from his golden telephone to jumpsuits and childhood artefacts.
You’ll discover more gold in Bendigo’s gold rush attractions. Step inside the Golden Dragon Museum and explore the exotic regalia – and dragons! – honouring Bendigo’s Chinese heritage, dating back to the gold rush days of the 1850s. At Central Deborah Gold Mine you literally immerse yourself in the colourful past by exploring historic gold mine tunnels.
Bendigo Botanic Gardens and Natural Attractions
Surrounded by rolling beauty, Bendigo is carpeted with gardens and parks. Roll out a blanket and open a hamper in the gorgeous Bendigo Botanic Gardens. Stroll through the manicured paths past the Cottage Garden of the Victorian Goldfields, the Habitat Garden and the Edwardian Garden.
Half an hour south of Bendigo you’ll find majestic oaks to picnic and relax beneath at the historic Oak Forest in Harcourt. Planted in 1910, this towering forest of oak trees is the perfect place for a romantic picnic or stroll along the meandering pathways. Enjoy the sublime European atmosphere of this exquisite location.
Stretching over 18 hectares, Lake Weeoona and its surrounding reserve is a stunning place to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake and you’ll be rewarded with picturesque views and nearby cafes. The lake is only a ten-minute walk from the heart of town.
Where to stay in Bendigo
Make the most of the things to do in Bendigo by staying at a picturesque central location. Bendigo rolls out some perfect options for a romantic getaway. Get cosy at the Quality Hotel Lakeside – situated opposite Lake Weeroona, this hotel is in a quiet and picturesque area. Many of the rooms also have lake views. Located close to the heart of town, Quality Inn Colonial is another great option giving you easy access to Bendigo’s historic charms.