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Bendigo and surrounds


  • major rural centre in the heart of the Victoria's gold mining region ~1.5hrs drive from Melbourne
  • gold mining relics
  • Bendigo Pottery
  • Lake Werroon


  • Loddon Valley Highway:
    • Sandhurst Town:
      • 12km north-west of Bendigo
      • a tourist centre celebrating both the 1850's gold rush & the battling years of 1920's & 30's
      • open everyday except 24th & 25th Dec & Fridays unless Vic. school hols: 10am-5pm
    • Inglewood
    • Wedderburn
    • Charlton



  • historic gold mining town, now a tourism town with rejuvenated historic shops, many selling antiques & collectables
  • Australia's 1st “notable town”
  • gold mine tours:
    • Carman's Tunnel Goldmine:
      • 570m tunnel driven through solid rock in 1882-84
      • 25min tour of tunnel: ~$3pp? weekends, pub.hols & school hols 1.30-4pm
  • 45min steam train rides:
    • Sundays & most pub. hols @ 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm (no service in Feb or Fire Ban/severe hot weather)
  • Muckleford Meadows Honey Farm
  • Maldon Folk Festival - held annually on the long weekend preceding Melbourne Cup





  • Central Vic. Yabbie Farm
  • Boundary Park - farm on 1200 acres surrounded by State Forest - can be rented for night or week for up to 6 ppl
  • Pink Cliffs - a mini-Grand Canyon caused by sluicing for gold
  • Wintercreek Herbs & Craft - set in an 1860's stone cottage
  • Insectarium
  • wineries, bakery
  • real estate:
  • Lake Eppalock:
  • camping, fishing, water-sports
  • Heathcote-Graytown National Park:
    • Victoria's largest remaining box-ironbark forest covers about 30,000 hectares and lies just north-east of Heathcote
    • McIvor Range immediately east of Heathcote
      • Heathcote Powder Magazine
      • Viewing Rock lookout over Heathcote
    • Mt Ida Range to north of Heathcote
    • gold mining relics / Word War II Prisoner of War camp relics:
      • historic gold rush town of Graytown
        • on the Heathcote-Nagambie Rd, just north of the Puckapunyal Military Area
        • Melvilles Lookout is a prominent ridge where Captain Melville reputably waited in ambush for miners during the gold rush
    • bushwalks, can camp overnight at Dargile picnic ground


  • lies NE of Bendigo and 2hrs (160km) from Melbourne via Sunbury, Lancefield then the Northern Hway
  • Campaspe Run museum including the development of the Sunshine Stripper/Harvester, a machine much under-rated in Australia's history
  • Campaspe River forms its eastern boundary
  • historic 1870 train station
  • explorers Burke & Wills stayed in the Elmore Hotel (built in 1846) on their travels north


australia/vic/bendigo.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/04 16:07 by gary1

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