Goldfields - Bendigo

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Bendigo

Bendigo in the 1880's was deemed the richest city in the world, with more gold found here between 1850 and 1900 than anywhere in the world.

Majestic buildings and monuments from the golden past line the main streets offering an ever present reminder of the riches from the gold fields. Their legacies are evident everywhere, in the city's tree-lined Pall Mall, you will find the Shamrock Hotel with ornate gold-rush architecture, the impressive Post Office and Law Courts.

Another rich aspect of Bendigo's cultural landscape is the history of the Chinese, the goldrush saw many thousands of Chinese arrive in Bendigo; The Golden Dragon Museum houses Sun Loong, an Imperial Dragon and artefacts dating back to 1500BC.

A traditional Chinese Joss House (temple), the oldest in Australia is another reminder of the Chinese heritage.

Bendigo is literally and often called the 'City in the Forest'. The Greater Bendigo National Park surrounds the city and protects some of the highest quality Box-Ironbark forest in Victoria.

Bendigo Discovery Tour

Join us on the Bendigo Discovery tour to see Bendigo with its beautiful Victorian buildings and also to discover its colourful history. The grandeur of Bendigo's ornate architecture nestled among century old gardens is testimony to the incredible wealth found in Bendigo's quartz reefs. Learn about Bendigo’s history as you ride on Bendigo's Talking Tram, sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years.

We visit the Diamond Hill Historic area, part of the Bendigo Regional Park.  In the 1880's Diamond Hill was a bustling town of 10,000 people with churches, hotels cottages and a Gold Commissioners Camp, Today in the eucalyptus forest, many relics remain, mullock heaps, water-races, deep sluiced gullies, building foundations and remnant gardens.

At Central Deborah Goldmine you have a unique opportunity to explore a real gold mine; experience what is was like to be a gold miner in the 1940's, 61 metres below the ground.

Through the 1850's thousands of Chinese miners had arrived to prospect for gold.  Visit Bendigo’s Chinese quarter exploring the Golden Dragon Museum, and the city's original Emu Point Joss House (temple) built during the gold rush.

Bendigo Pottery is Australia's oldest working pottery, established in 1858; Bendigo Pottery has the most significant collection of ceramic wood fired kilns left in the world, which are now part of the Interpretive Museum.

The climate of central Victoria, coupled with deep soils make ideal for growing Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon for which the region is famous for.  Taste Shiraz and Cabernet and other wines at Balgownie Estate

Highlights

  • Central Deborah Goldmine - Mine tour,
  • Chinese Joss House - Original temple,
  • Golden Dragon Chinese Museum - Chinese history on Bendigo goldfields / artefacts,
  • Bendigo Pottery - Australia's oldest pottery,
  • Bendigo Tramways - Talking tram,
  • Victoria Hill - Deepest gold mines in Bendigo,
  • Balgownie Estate winery - Taste award winning wines,
  • Bendigo Regional Park - Diamond Hill Historic area and Wild nature.

Prices and Departures

Adult $204 per person

Child $165 per child (6-15yrs)

Departs 8 am daily


Morning tea is included / Lunch is not included
Pickup / Drop off – Bendigo / Ballarat / Creswick accommodation
Melbourne customers Pickup/Drop off – Bendigo Railway Station.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions  prior to Booking

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