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 weather is fi­nally get­ting warmer, so it’s time to get off the couch and en­joy some of the must-dos in Bendigo this spring!

For the Fash­ion En­thu­si­asts

Edith Head is one of the most cel­e­brated Hol­ly­wood cos­tume designers. She dressed the ever so el­e­gant Princess Grace, fash­ion icon Au­drey Hep­burn and Hol­ly­wood sweet­heart Shirley Tem­ple, just to name a few. Bendigo Art Gallery is bring­ing you an ex­clu­sive ex­hi­bi­tion this spring, “The Cos­tume De­signer: Edith Head and Hol­ly­wood”, open­ing 29 Septem­ber and here till 21 Jan­uary.

Want to dress up? Don’t miss the Jayco Bendigo Cup on 1 Novem­ber, where a fas­ci­na­tor ac­com­pa­nied with cham­pagne is a must.

For the Wine Fa­nat­ics

Oc­to­ber is the month for you! For those who en­joy a great fes­ti­val at­mos­phere,

Heath­cote Wine and Food Fes­ti­val

(7–8 Oc­to­ber) is the event not to be missed. Be the first to try new re­lease wines from the Heath­cote region in a Shi­raz heaven country!

Want­ing some­thing with her­itage on the side? Bendigo Un­corked Week (6–15 Oc­to­ber) is just what you need. Bendigo Wine­grow­ers are bring­ing you a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of Bendigo fine wine, in­spired local food and grand gold rush ar­chi­tec­ture. From all-time favourites Bendigo Her­itage Un­corked and Her­itage After Dark, to a laneway Fi­esta, un­der­ground din­ner and a pop up wine shop.

For the Mu­sic Fans

Bendigo will be buzzing with Blues and Roots per­for­mances and work­shops dur­ing the

Bendigo Blues and Roots Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

(9–12 Novem­ber). There

will be more than 100 artists per­form­ing across more than 30 venues over four days, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Blues Trams and very se­cre­tive Bendigo Beer Pop Up laneway par­ties.

Are you a mas­sive fan of Aus­tralian rock? Jimmy Barnes, along with Jon Stevens, Richard Clap­ton, and Taxiride will be per­form­ing at Rock in the Vines on 4 Novem­ber at the stun­ning Sut­ton Grange win­ery. It’s going to be glo­ri­ous!

For the Healthy Minds

What if we told you there is a fes­ti­val which is an­i­mal friendly and pro­motes a healthy life­style and diet? Plus, yoga and food demon­stra­tions are on the table. Vege­careian Fes­ti­val on 7 Oc­to­ber is a food fes­ti­val with a difference and we prom­ise you will love it.

Are you look­ing for a chal­lenge? Want to ex­pe­ri­ence Bendigo’s grand her­itage streetscapes by foot? We can help! The Bendigo Bank Fun Run (5 Novem­ber) is a great event which raises money for the local hos­pi­tal and is the one you should lock in this Spring.

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

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

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