BENDIGO IS A VIBRANT regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. Now fondly regarded as an arts and cultural hub, Bendigo’s historic streets beat with a contemporary feel. Good food, wine, boutique shopping, attractions and experiences are ready to be explored. Magnificent buildings and monuments remain in Bendigo to shed light on the formative hey days, and today they are the beautiful backdrop to a fascinating destination.
The vintage tram is the perfect way for you to discover and explore Bendigo. Hop on board a special winter Yarn Bomb Tram, a tram decorated by colourful Yarn Bomb garments, only on track till the end of August. A new exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University celebrates La Trobe University’s 50th birthday. The exhibition showcases some of La Trobe’s extensive art collections including iconic works by leading Australian artists, as well as valuable ethnographic and political works, open now until 3 September.
Love contemporary arts? You will not be disappointed by the other two exhibitions currently on display at Bendigo Art Gallery, 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, on now until 19 September and Rona Green: Champagne Taste and Lemonade Pockets, on now until 3 September.
Hollywood comes to Bendigo this spring! Curated by Bendigo Art Gallery, The Costume Designer: Edith
Head and Hollywood is an exhibition honouring the life and work of multiple Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. It opens on 29 September and will be here until 21 January, 2018. Tickets on sale now. For more information, visit www.bendigoartgallery.com.au.
Be inspired at the annual Bendigo Writers Festival, which takes over the historic arts precinct from 11 to 13 August. Big names this year include
Elizabeth Kostova, Dava Sobel, David George Haskell, Susan Carland, John Marsden, John Safran, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott. With over 30 events in seven venues, the festival is a must do for anyone this winter.
Australia’s best winter craft beer festival is back, Bendigo On The Hop. This movable beer festival is on 26 August, pairing some of the finest venues in town and Australia’s best breweries. Ten venues, 20 breweries, 40 beers. It showcases some of the best independent Australian owned breweries, live music and local produce while you meander through the historic landscape of Bendigo’s CBD. Tickets on sale now at bendigobeer.com.
For foodies everywhere, don’t miss the Food Fossicking Tour. Come and tour Bendigo’s best-loved foodie treasures. Meet the makers; hear their stories, sample handcrafted treats while they share their passions about local produce. Tours operate each Saturday. Bookings are essential, call 1800 813 153 for more information.
For more details on events, accommodation and other things to see and do, visit bendigotourism.com n Bendigo is ideally located in Central Victoria and only 90 minutes from Melbourne Airport along the Calder Freeway, and 90–120 minutes via V/line trains from Southern Cross station in Melbourne.
Installation view “Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University” at Bendigo Art Gallery. Photo: Bill Conroy. The Capital Theatre at night.
Right: Food Fossicking Tour.