YOU CAN EDIT THIS PAGE! Just click any blue "Edit" link and start writing!

Difference between revisions of "Bendigo"

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search
Bendigo

Default Banner.jpg

(Do)
(Drink)
Line 28: Line 28:
 
==Buy==  
 
==Buy==  
 
==Eat==  
 
==Eat==  
==Drink==  
+
==Drink==
 +
'''Bendigo Shiraz''' - some good Bendigo wineries are: Chateau Leamon, Waterwheel, Balgownie, Mandurang Valley, Harcourt, Blackjack, Connor Park.  Many other small wineries are in the district.
 +
 
 
==Sleep==  
 
==Sleep==  
 
==Get out==  
 
==Get out==  

Revision as of 02:29, 12 May 2005

Bendigo is a large regional town in Victoria, Australia, about two hours by car from Melbourne. Built on the discovery of gold 150 odd years ago, it has many older style buildings and is a great place to walk and take in the sights.

Understand

An influx of people from the city has brought the population of Bendigo to roughly 90 thousand in recent years. Even so it still retains a good friendly country atmosphere.

The climate is very kind and the town has more sunny days per year than Queensland. Being north of the great dividing range, it has also far less rain than Melbourne. Summers are hot and dry, up to 40 degrees Celsius or more on some days. Winters tend to be mild; with lowest temperatures around -5 degrees celsius during the night or 14 during days.

Sheep, cattle, fruit, wine and cereal crops are the most common products of the area. Gold is being discovered again in large quantities at deeper levels in the old mines with new technology and promises a wealthy future.

A large Chinese community established itself during the early days of the gold rush and still play a large role in local ceremonies.

Get in

By train

Bendigo is served by frequent trains which run from Spencer St station into the heart of Bendigo.

By car

Bendigo is approximately 2hrs north of Melbourne on the Calder Highway.

Get around

See

  • The tourist information centre is housed in the old post office building on Pall Mall (the main through road) - opposite the Shamrock Hotel
  • The Easter fair procession, which is the oldest continual festival in Victoria. The imperial dragon called Sun Loong takes pride of place each year at the festival needing over 50 strong members of the public to carry it.
  • There is a Chinese Museum which has tours and one of the original Joss houses is open to the public. You can get to this by taking the Tourist Talking Tram Tour from the Central Deborah Gold Mine, which is close to the city centre.

Do

  • Visit the wineries. Bendigo is the centre of a thriving wine area - a number of nearby wineries are well worth the visit. Bendigo Shiraz is generally very full flavoured and big.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Bendigo Shiraz - some good Bendigo wineries are: Chateau Leamon, Waterwheel, Balgownie, Mandurang Valley, Harcourt, Blackjack, Connor Park. Many other small wineries are in the district.

Sleep

Get out

External links


This article is still a stub and needs your attention. It does not have a template. Please plunge forward and help it grow!