After moving to Melbourne in the middle of the pandemic, and the recent 25km ring of steel off the hook, I have been busy exploring my new backyard. Recently I did a day trip from Melbourne to Bendigo – a regional Victoria town. On this blog, I will be covering how to get to Bendigo from Melbourne and what to see/do there.

Bendigo is a regional town in Victoria, originally known for its gold rush boom. This historic town has a lot to offer for a day trip or a weekend staycation. If you are planning on staying overnight, here is a 90$ Airbnb discount. At the weekend you can get a bit more activities happenings and everything is central if you stay in the city center. Bendigo offers great architecture and history, good dining options, parks and gardens, and cultural options like Art Galleries and Museums. More on it below.

Day trip from Melbourne to Bendigo

Day trip from Melbourne to bendigo
Day trip from Melbourne to Bendigo

How to get to Bendigo?

If you are driving from Melbourne to Bendigo the distance is 147km and is said to be easy and very accessible.

If you would like to take public transportation, you can get on a train from the southern cross, Melbourne to Bendigo which should approx take 2 hours. The trains run till late back to the city so, you can have the whole day spent here easily.

Once you are out of the train station, keep an eye on the sign that says “To the city” It should be on your right next to the bus stop

1. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

The great stupa of universal compassion is located approx 20mins drive from Bendigo, regional Victoria. It houses a vast collection of sacred Buddhist relics and large Buddhist statues. There’s also a nice little strolling area & cafe near the entrance. Do you know the Buddha statue was made out of one single jade?! It is also one of the largest stupa outside of Asia. Perhaps the best idea to visit here first then come back to Bendigo and explore the rest. Recommend to flag a taxi at the tran station (what I did also, after an uber cancelled on me!

2. Central Deborah Gold Mine

Back to the Bendigo township, pass the Alexandra fountain, you can stroll around the Queen Victoria garden. Then make your way to the Central Deborah Gold mine tour. Underground tours tell a great story of Bendigo’s gold rush history. You can do the different levels of tours as in how deep you want to do underground! The shortest tour at 61 meters and costs $32 whereas the deepest mining tour is 9 levels under and costs around $200. Definitely an experience which might be hard to find elsewhere

3. Sacred Heart Cathedral

You may mistake this for a castle but it is a beautiful cathedral and I mean inside out! Located on a quiet street surrounded by nice well kept garden with amazing gargoyles and stained glass windows. A must see in Bendigo

4. Lake Weeroona

If leisurely walking from Bendigo town to Lake Weeroona, it takes about approximately 20mins. It’s a nice green area where you can walk, jog or cycle around the lake. You can even picnic here if you can arrange it beforehand, or use public BBQ’s, ample parking and plenty of open green space as well (it’s located next to a football oval too if you need more). Just a nice little place to visit while you are on a day trip from melbourne to bendigo. PS: good spot for sunsets too

5. Bendigo Art gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery was founded in 1887 and is one of Australia’s oldest and largest regional art galleries. When you visit you will be able to witness their collection which is extensive and varied. It includes Australian painting, sculpture, ceramics, decorative arts, as well as photography. Entry is free. Recommend to read about the current exhibitions, art collection & special events on their website and then book tickets online.

6. Golden Dragon Museum

Another museum to visit is golden dragon museum in Bendigo. It is a cultural complex with Chinese history exhibits, plus a traditional garden, tearoom & gift shop. Inside you can see some very fine artifacts in the museum including the 3 Bendigo dragons, the oldest being over 100 years old, the world longest hand made Dragon and lovely stories of Chinese community in Bendigo. The entrance is fair and you can visit the outside garden and temple without charge.

7. Bendigo Pottery

Bendigo is known as the Ceramic Centre of Victoria. It is Australia’s Oldest Working Pottery (1858) and you can even find the potteries from the 1850s. They offer pottery experience where you can make and design of your own. Branded pottery made on-site is on expensive side but it is worth the items & for budget concious – try the seconds area. Recommend to allocate a few hours at least to look see inside. Entry to pottery is free but there is also an interpretive museum inside which is $7 entry fee.

8. Bendigo Tramways

There is no better way to see the sights of Bendigo than aboard a Vintage Talking Tram! Recommend to book online before visiting. It is a great way to get around town and there is a audio commentary for tourists who are wondering about the town. Fun way to learn more about Bendigo tramsways and a tram trip along Bendigo streets is included and makes the entry fee quite reasonable.

9. Rosalind Park

Rosalind Park is a large park in Bendigo City. There are lots of interesting views from various points in the park. Don’t miss the glasshouse and sculptures, formal flower bed displays, the fernery, the poppet head (more on this below) Recommend to stop by Post office galley overlooking Rosalind Park. It is a beautiful historic building that has been maintained to impeccable standards, showing just how heady the Bendigo gold rush was, just how much money was in the city, and how grand the architecture in the city is. You get a real sense of what 1850-1880 must have been like in the city.

10. Poppet Head Lookout

Last but not least, a day trip melbourne to Bendigo wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Poppet Head Lookout. While you are in Rosalind Park, walk around up to the Poppet Head Lookout. It is a free lookout spot where you can see the 360° views of Bendigo if you climb to the top. There is also the tiled murals around the base of the tower. The stairs are structed with safety first in mind and same at the top. May feel a bit cagey with the cage at the top but the view are pretty good pass the wires.

Note: You can also pop by Botanic gardens and Bendigo Visitor centre in the city if they are open for more info. This historic town is famous for its gold rush mining era, as well as food and art. You can see how the city rivaled any other in Australia at the time in terms of grand architecture and is a testament to the people who established the city. Food food, recommend trying the Gold Mines Hotel, The Woodhouse, or Masons of Bendigo.

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  • December 15, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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    Those are some great pics! Thanks for the tips, heading there this weekend 😀

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  • December 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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    Another reason for me to visit Australia! I have never heard of Bendigo before. That place looks like a really fun place to visit.

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  • December 15, 2020 at 3:13 pm
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    Never heard of Bendigo but would love to visit one day. It looks like such a beautiful place.

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  • December 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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    I wish we could travel. I would love to go to Melbourne! It sounds like a great place.

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  • December 15, 2020 at 4:53 pm
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    oh wow what a lovely place to visit, and their Christmas tree is soooo beautiful – matches the rest of the city well

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  • December 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm
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    Every single pictures i enjoyed . Never heard about Bendigo .specially Ateneum Museum sounds interesting to me .

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  • December 15, 2020 at 8:27 pm
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    It is incredible that in a day from Melbourne you can reach this place … it is truly a dream come true!

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  • December 15, 2020 at 9:19 pm
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    I would love to visit Australia and travel around for a few months, there seems to be so many beaotiful places! The only thing though, is the distans, Australia is HUGE! 😀

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  • December 15, 2020 at 11:05 pm
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    Wow, wow! These places are the places I wanted to visit! Especially the art gallery! This is my heaven!

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  • December 15, 2020 at 11:40 pm
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    The architecture is so beautiful there! I would love to visit the temple. I’d love to visit all of these places, actually.

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  • December 15, 2020 at 11:49 pm
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    Holy moly! If I ever get the chance to visit Australia, I’m going to use all your posts as a starting point of where to go. You feature so many amazing places.

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  • December 16, 2020 at 1:19 am
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    What a great getaway! Looks like a nice place to visit, so much to see! Your photos are so gorgeous by the way.

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  • December 16, 2020 at 1:51 am
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    Oh, how I’d love to pack up my bags and get travelling to a place like this soon! I can’t wait until he vaccine is readily available for us all.

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  • December 16, 2020 at 4:57 am
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    Some awesome tips, thanks for sharing! I’d really love to visit!

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  • December 16, 2020 at 8:16 am
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    Wow such an awesome place and the pictures are just mind blowing. Would love to visit the place.

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  • December 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm
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    this looks amazing. i would love to visit someday

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  • December 16, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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    It is my first time hearing of Bendigo. I would love to visit it and know more about it.

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  • December 16, 2020 at 11:18 pm
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    I always like to visit lookouts. Something about the aerial view is always amazing to me.

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  • December 17, 2020 at 8:34 am
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    Wow! The cathedral looks beautiful. I agree with you that it can be mistaken for a castle. Would love to visit Bendigo someday.

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  • December 17, 2020 at 12:10 pm
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    Seems like your settling pretty well. I love that you included museums in your quick neighborly visit. And the architecture of the place are just exquisite.

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