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.