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