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.