Day trip from Melbourne to Bendigo - Anna Sherchand (2023)

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. In 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. 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

Contents

  • Day trip from Melbourne to Bendigo
  • How to get to Bendigo?
  • 1. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
  • 2. Central Deborah Gold Mine
  • 3. Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • 4. Lake Weeroona
  • 5. Bendigo Art gallery
  • 6. Golden Dragon Museum
  • 7. Bendigo Pottery
  • 8. Bendigo Tramways
  • 9. Rosalind Park
  • 10. Poppet Head Lookout
  • Here are some suggested travel guides to help you
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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

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1. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

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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!

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2. Central Deborah Gold Mine

Back to the Bendigo township, pass the Alexandra fountain, and 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 that might be hard to find elsewhere

3. Sacred Heart Cathedral

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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 a nice well-kept garden with amazing gargoyles and stained glass windows. A must-see in Bendigo

4. Lake Weeroona

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If leisurely walking from Bendigo town to Lake Weeroona takes 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 BBQs, 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: a 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.

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6. Golden Dragon Museum

Another museum to visit is the 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’s longest handmade Dragon, and lovely stories of the Chinese community in Bendigo. The entrance is fair and you can visit the outside garden and temple without charge.

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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 a pottery experience where you can make and design your own. Branded pottery made on-site is on the expensive side but it is worth the items & for budget-conscious – try the second area. Recommend allocating a few hours at least to look-see inside. Entry to pottery is free but there is also an interpretive museum inside which is a $7 entry fee.

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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 an audio commentary for tourists who are wondering about the town. A fun way to learn more about Bendigo tramways and a tram trip along Bendigo streets is included and makes the entry fee quite reasonable.

9. Rosalind Park

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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, and the poppet head (more on this below) Recommend stopping by the 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

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Last but not least, a day trip from 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 are also the tiled murals around the base of the tower. The stairs are structured with safety first in mind and the same at the top. May feel a bit cagey with the cage at the top but the view is pretty good past the wires.

Note: You can also pop by Botanic gardens and Bendigo Visitor center 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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FAQs

Where is the stop between Melbourne and Bendigo? ›

The top stops along the way from Melbourne to Greater Bendigo (with short detours) are Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Skydeck, and Melbourne Zoo. Other popular stops include Shrine of Remembrance, Funfields Themepark, and National Gallery of Victoria.

How long does it take from Melbourne to Bendigo by car? ›

Bendigo is 153km north of Melbourne up the Calder Freeway. And around a 90 minute drive from Melbourne Airport.

How do I spend a day in Bendigo? ›

Bendigo Day Trip Highlights
  1. The Heritage Trams.
  2. Central Deborah Gold Mine.
  3. The Zone Fun Park.
  4. Rosalind Park.
  5. Bendigo Art Gallery.
  6. Street Art.
  7. Bendigo Pottery.
  8. And many more.

Is Bendigo worth visiting? ›

Bendigo is a gorgeous place to visit, and there is always something going on, and there is a great selection of things to do for both families and couples.

What is halfway between Bendigo and Melbourne? ›

The city at the geographic halfway point from Melbourne, Australia to Bendigo, Australia is Kyneton, Australia.

Can I catch a train from Melbourne to Bendigo? ›

The express V/Line service from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station will get you to Bendigo in just over 90 minutes. To travel by train, grab a Myki card, available for purchase at Southern Cross Station, online at ptv.vic.gov.au or the Bendigo Visitor Centre.

How much does it cost to train from Melbourne to Bendigo? ›

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Bendigo is to train which costs $21 - $28 and takes 1h 51m.

Can you use myki in Bendigo? ›

You'll need a myki if you're travelling on Latrobe Valley intertown buses and town buses in: Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bellarine Peninsula, Churchill, Eildon, Geelong, Kilmore, Mornington Peninsula, Seymour, Wallan and Warragul.

What is the best part of Bendigo? ›

Real estate experts called Golden Square one of the most sought after and best-performing suburbs in Bendigo, with a 43.28% increase in search volumes. With the lockdown period over, more people are looking at moving out of the capital city and maintaining a better work-life balance.

What is Bendigo best known for? ›

Bendigo is famous for its potteries. It is known as the Ceramic Centre of Victoria. The potteries in the area date from the 1850s with the famous Bendigo Pottery being established in 1858. Ask at the Visitor Centre for guidance to the other potteries in the area.

Is Bendigo or Ballarat better? ›

Ballarat and Bendigo both offer gold mine tours, art galleries, beautiful lakes, vintage trams, and picturesque streetscapes. However, Ballarat offers a more immersed experience at its gold mine museum (Sovereign Hill), and Bendigo provides a better cultural experience.

Which place is best for two day trip? ›

List of Places for 2 Days Trip in India
  • Goa.
  • Pondicherry.
  • Rishikesh.
  • Sikkim.
  • Hampi.
  • Lonavala.
  • Gokarna.
  • Udaipur.

What is the hottest month in Bendigo? ›

February is the hottest month in Bendigo with an average temperature of 19.25°C (67°F) and the coldest is July at 8.75°C (48°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in January.

Why do people go to Bendigo? ›

Visit Bendigo and experience a vibrant regional city jam-packed with creativity, great food and bevvies, happening festivals and happy-as locals, all thriving among a heritage setting that stacks up to the grand European cities that inspired it.

What month is Bendigo gold? ›

The discovery of alluvial gold by Mrs Margaret Kennedy in the Bendigo Creek in 1851 soon saw the word 'Gold' become synonymous with Bendigo. During Christmas in 1851 there were 800 people on the Bendigo field, by the following June 20,000 diggers had arrived.

What towns are close to Bendigo? ›

Suburbs
  • City of Greater BendigoBendigoEaglehawk - Eaglehawk North - Sailors GullyEast Bendigo.
  • Elmore - Rural NorthEpsom - AscotFlora Hill - Quarry Hill - Spring Gully - Golden GullyGolden Square.
  • Heathcote and DistrictHuntlyKangaroo Flat - Big Hill.
  • KenningtonLong Gully - West Bendigo - IronbarkMaiden Gully.

How far is Macedon ranges from Bendigo? ›

Travel distances
AVERAGE DISTANCES FROM MACEDON RANGES (WOODEND) TODISTANCE IN KILOMETRESAPPROXIMATE DRIVING TIME
Bendigo80kms67 mins
Ballarat81kms75mins
Daylesford41kms42mins
Kilmore (Hume Highway)23kms30mins
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Is Castlemaine worth visiting? ›

Visit historic Castlemaine, a bustling town renowned for its eclectic arts scene, rich gold rush history, and growing reputation as a fine food destination.

Are buses replacing trains to Bendigo? ›

From 8.00pm to last service - coaches replace trains to Bendigo, Epsom and Eaglehawk for the entire journey. From 7.30pm to last service – coaches replace trains to Southern Cross for the entire journey. From 8.30pm to last service - coaches replace trains to Bendigo, Epsom and Eaglehawk for the entire journey.

Can you take food on Vline trains? ›

On V/Line coaches

Cold packaged foods can be consumed on V/Line coach services. Hot food or drink cannot be brought on board V/Line coach services. All drink containers must have a secure, screw-top, fastening or spill-proof lid.

What train line is Bendigo on? ›

The Bendigo V/Line rail service is a regional passenger rail service operated by V/Line in Victoria, Australia. It serves passengers between state capital Melbourne, Victoria and the regional city of Bendigo, Victoria.

How often do the trains run from Melbourne to Bendigo? ›

Trip overview. The average train between Southern Cross (Station) and Bendigo takes 1h 54m and the fastest train takes 1h 42m. There is a train service every few hours from Southern Cross (Station) to Bendigo.

Are train rides cheaper than flights? ›

Train travel is often cheaper than flying, in part because you can generally take more with you before paying extra baggage fees. It can also be more convenient and relaxing than driving, especially if you'd be driving in an unfamiliar place or driving for many hours nonstop to get to your destination.

Is it cheaper to take a train than to drive? ›

The cost of driving for most of the population remains cheaper on average than taking the train during peak hours, this is due to the price of train tickets being uncorrelated to the cost of driving which has increased at a much lower rate than the cost of train tickets in the same period.

What is a 2 hour fare myki? ›

2 hour myki Money fare

If you first touch on after 6pm, you can travel until 3am the next day - that's up to nine hours for the price of two. Find out more about using myki Money.

How do you get around Bendigo? ›

Various public transport options are available for travelling within Bendigo, including taxis, car and truck rental, bus services, trams and coaches.

How much is the Southern Cross to Bendigo? ›

V/Line operates a train from Southern Cross to Bendigo hourly. Tickets cost $21 - $28 and the journey takes 1h 51m. Alternatively, V/Line operates a bus from Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St to Bendigo 5 times a week. Tickets cost $20 - $28 and the journey takes 1h 51m.

Where is the richest area in Victoria? ›

Victoria's 3142 postcode, which comprises Toorak and Hawksburn and sits just five kilometers south-east of Melbourne's CBD, is home to more of Australia's richest millionaires and billionaires than any other suburb in the country.

Are there snakes in Bendigo? ›

The eastern brown snake is found right throughout Bendigo,” she said. “Usually they're found in backyards either in established gardens or yards that have debris waiting around.

Does Bendigo have a high crime rate? ›

Criminal incidents dropped by 4.5 per cent in Bendigo during 2021, with a total 7,734 recorded. Crime has been dropping in the region since 2019.

What are some of the things that attract tourists to Bendigo? ›

The top attractions to visit in Bendigo are:
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine.
  • Bendigo Art Gallery.
  • Golden Dragon Museum.
  • Lake Weeroona.
  • The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion.

What are people from Bendigo called? ›

It is the administrative centre of the City of Greater Bendigo, which encompasses outlying towns spanning an area of approximately 3,000 km2 (1,158 sq mi) and over 111,000 people. Residents of the city are known as "Bendigonians".

What nationalities live in Bendigo? ›

The three largest ancestries in City of Greater Bendigo in 2021 were English, Australian and Irish. Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations.

What is the best suburb in Victoria? ›

The 12 best family-friendly suburbs in Melbourne
  • Bentleigh – great schools.
  • Northcote.
  • Malvern – Glen Iris.
  • Glen Waverley.
  • Camberwell.
  • Altona.
  • Kew.
  • Essendon.
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What is the best country town to live in Victoria? ›

13 of Victoria's coolest and quirkiest small towns
  • Maldon. ...
  • Walhalla. ...
  • Rainbow. ...
  • Chiltern. ...
  • Koroit. ...
  • Timboon. ...
  • Murtoa. ...
  • Loch. Step out of the city and into a fairytale with a trip to Loch, about 1.5 hours down the South Gippsland Hwy from Melbourne.
8 Jul 2022

Why is there so much gold in Bendigo? ›

During the folding, gaps occurred between the layers of sandstone and slate. These gaps were filled by molten gold bearing quartz (also known as hydrothermal fluids or silica) which pushed its way up from deep in the Earth's crust.

Where do millionaires live in Melbourne? ›

1. Toorak – $5.18m. Toorak, one of Melbourne's most exclusive and affluent suburbs, is a long-standing front runner for property prices so it's no surprise to see this suburb at the top of the list yet again. Toorak is located about 5km south-east of the CBD and has a range of luxury properties on offer.

Where do rich people go in Melbourne? ›

Here's a look at some of the most affluent suburbs of Melbourne:
  • East Melbourne. East Melbourne is an inner-city suburb located 2 km from the CBD of Melbourne. ...
  • Glen Iris. ...
  • Toorak. ...
  • Brighton. ...
  • Camberwell. ...
  • Beaumaris. ...
  • Albert Park. ...
  • Hawthorn.

What is the richest street in Melbourne? ›

Lansell Road Toorak

Which is the safest suburb in Melbourne? ›

Here are the top 10 safest suburbs in Melbourne
  • Ferny Creek (3786) ...
  • Selby (3159) ...
  • Kallista (3791) ...
  • Warrandyte (3113) ...
  • Montmorency (3094) ...
  • Donvale (3111) ...
  • Sassafras (3787) Number of incidents recorded in FY 2021/22:17. ...
  • Black Rock, Beaumaris (3193) Number of incidents recorded in FY 2021/22: 123.
16 Nov 2022

Where do most Indian live in Melbourne? ›

Popular regions for Melbourne's Indian community
  • Banyule. The City of Banyule is located between 7 and 21 km north east of Melbourne. ...
  • Bayside. ...
  • Boroondara. ...
  • Brimbank. ...
  • Cardinia. ...
  • Casey. ...
  • Darebin. ...
  • Frankston.

What stations are on the Bendigo line? ›

Bendigo line
  • Sunbury (suburban station)
  • Clarkefield.
  • Riddells Creek.
  • Gisborne.
  • Macedon.
  • Woodend.
  • Kyneton.
  • Malmsbury.

How long is the train Bendigo to Melbourne? ›

The express V/Line service from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station will get you to Bendigo in just over 90 minutes. To travel by train, grab a Myki card, available for purchase at Southern Cross Station, online at ptv.vic.gov.au or the Bendigo Visitor Centre.

How much does it cost to get a train from Bendigo to Melbourne? ›

Bendigo to Melbourne train services, operated by V/Line, depart from Bendigo station. Train or bus from Bendigo to Melbourne? The best way to get from Bendigo to Melbourne is to train which takes 1h 58m and costs $21 - $28.

Can you use myki to go to Bendigo? ›

You'll need a myki if you're travelling on Latrobe Valley intertown buses and town buses in: Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Bendigo, Bellarine Peninsula, Churchill, Eildon, Geelong, Kilmore, Mornington Peninsula, Seymour, Wallan and Warragul.

How long is Puffing Billy train ride? ›

The train ride from Belgrave to Gembrook Station takes approx. one hour and 50 minutes one way, or just 40 minutes from Lakeside.

Are trains running from Southern Cross to Bendigo? ›

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Southern Cross and arriving at Bendigo. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 51m.

How far is Bendigo from Melbourne city? ›

Distance between Melbourne and Bendigo is 132 kilometers (82 miles). Driving distance from Melbourne to Bendigo is 153 kilometers (95 miles).

Is Bendigo a gold rush town? ›

Margaret Kennedy's discovery sparked a gold rush that would leave Bendigo with a history of being one of the richest producers of gold in the world, yielding over 700,000kg between 1851-1954 (which would be worth about $30 billion in today's prices).

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