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.

As the warmer days and clear skies ap­pear, more than 30,000 of Bendigo’s famed tulips open to brighten the beau­ti­ful her­itage streets in late Septem­ber till early Oc­to­ber. The Bendigo An­nual Tulip Dis­play is free for ev­ery­one to en­joy. There will be cu­ra­tor talks con­ducted dur­ing the dis­play where you will hear from the cu­ra­tors about how you can brighten up your gar­den.

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 29 Septem­ber and will be here un­til 21 Jan­uary, 2018. Tick­ets on sale now. For more in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hi­bi­tion, visit www.bendigoart­gallery.com.au.

The Bendigo In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Ex­ploratory Mu­sic brings the most in­no­va­tive and vir­tu­osic con­cert mu­sic from all around the world di­rect to Bendigo’s View Street cul­tural precinct. The fes­ti­val will be on 1–4 Septem­ber.

Love good food and wine events? Visit us in Oc­to­ber where two of our fa­mous an­nual pre­mium wine events are on. For the first time ever, the Bendigo Wine­grow­ers have pre­pared a week full of wine events to show­case the finest drops from our re­gion. Bendigo Un­corked Week (6–15 Oc­to­ber) is a week-long celebration of Bendigo’s fine wine and her­itage. High­light events in­clude Her­itage Af­ter Dark (Oc­to­ber

6) at For­tuna Villa and Bendigo Her­itage Un­corked (14 Oc­to­ber). Full pro­gram avail­able on www.bendig­o­tourism.com.

Dis­cover Shi­raz Heaven at Heath­cote Wine & Food Fes­ti­val (7–8 Oc­to­ber). Taste Heath­cote wines from over 40 pro­duc­ers, as well as regional food and pro­duce in one cen­tral lo­ca­tion over one great week­end.

Join us for a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery into the unique and fas­ci­nat­ing tra­di­tions of Bendigo’s first peo­ple, the Dja Dja Wur­rung, and hear a story more than 40,000 years in the mak­ing. The Dja Dja Wur­rung Tram de­parts from Cen­tral Deb­o­rah Gold Mine at 10am each Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Sun­day.

There are plenty more ex­pe­ri­ences and events in Bendigo on of­fer.

For more in­for­ma­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tion and things to see and do, visit www.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.

Edith Head with 5 Acad­emy Awards. Photo: © Paramount Pic­tures.

The Dja Dja Wur­rung Tram.

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