Ex­plore Bendigo

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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.

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