Bendigo was once, in late eighties the richest town in the world. Bendigo is the ultimate ‘gold rush’ town of Victoria, and then it is not surprising the legacy of the wealth be on display. Magnificent promenades, parks and beautiful buildings, and not the least the Catholic Cathedral.

Originally taking its name from the Bendigo Creek, the name became official in 1891. The creek was named after a famous local boxer and shepherd who had earned the nickname Bendigo in reference to the Nottingham prize-fighter, William Abednego Thompson, generally known as “Bendigo Thompson”.

Bendigo is notable for its Victorian Cultural heritage and gold mining history. Since 1851 over 22 million ounces of gold have been extracted from its goldmines, making it the highest producing 19th Century goldfield in Australia in the nineteenth century.

Bendigo's Catholic Cathedral is the third largest cathedral in Australia. The main building was completed in 1908 and the soaring spire between 1954 and 1977. The fact the cathedral was completed in the modern era is a credit to city fathers. Allow plenty of time to marvel this accomplishment. Plus the 100 year wooden Catholic survivor.

The Anglican, plus the various United Churches are quite formidable in their own right.

Many other examples of Bendigo's classical architecture rank amongst the finest classical commercial buildings in Australia.

Including these classic hotels

Bendigo's, a historic temple, was built in the 1860s by Chinese miners and is the only surviving building of its kind in regional Victoria which continues to be used as a place of worship.

The historic Bendigo Tram Sheds and Power Station (1903) now house Bendigo's tramway museum, are but of a number of museums.

The Bendigo War Memorials and Museum are inspiring. Take the time to acknowledge.

Allow up to a week when visiting Bendigo.

Heritage diary


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course