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.

For the Fash­ion En­thu­si­asts

Edith Head is one of the most cel­e­brated Hol­ly­wood cos­tume de­sign­ers, win­ning eight Academy Awards. She dressed the ever so el­e­gant Princess Grace Kelly, fash­ion icon Au­drey Hep­burn, Hol­ly­wood sweet­heart Shirley Tem­ple, Glo­ria Swan­son, Veron­ica Lake, Olivia de Hav­il­land, Hedy La­marr, Fred As­taire and Yul Bryn­ner, to name a few. Bendigo Art Gallery is bring­ing you an­other ex­clu­sive exhibition this spring “The Cos­tume De­signer: Edith Head and Hol­ly­wood”, which opened 29 September and will be here till 21 Jan­uary. Come and learn about Edith Head’s ca­reer and see her fa­mous cos­tumes.

For the Food­ies

Bendigo is sur­rounded by an abun­dance of vine­yards and farms pro­duc­ing qual­ity wine and pro­duce. To taste the re­gion, don’t miss the Food Fos­sick­ing Tour. Come and tour Bendigo’s best-loved foodie trea­sures and meet the mak­ers; hear their sto­ries, sam­ple hand­crafted treats while they share their pas­sions about lo­cal pro­duce. The three hour walk­ing tour op­er­ates each Satur­day. Book­ings are es­sen­tial.

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 150 artists per­form­ing across more than 50 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

Are you look­ing for a chal­lenge? Want to ex­pe­ri­ence Bendigo’s grand her­itage streetscapes by foot? What­ever the rea­son 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.

For Fam­ily Fun

You can also ex­plore Bendigo’s many at­trac­tions. Rat­tle along the tram lines while tak­ing in the mar­vel­lous sto­ries of days gone by on a Vin­tage Talk­ing Tram, pop on a hard hat to journey into the depths of a mine shaft at Cen­tral Deb­o­rah Gold Mine, come face to face with some of the world’s most rare Chi­nese arte­facts at the Golden Dragon Mu­seum or get your hands dirty as you cre­ate your very own piece of pot­tery at Bendigo Pot­tery, Australia’s old­est work­ing pot­tery.

■ 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

Photo: Ewen Bell.

Edith Head with five Academy Awards. © Para­mount Pic­tures.

Food Fos­sick­ing Tour. Blues in the Laneway.

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