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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Check out their website or Instagram page for current exhibitions www.bendigoartgallery.com.au ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Take an underground tour of the gold mine. Regular tours available, booking is recommended. www.central-deborah.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Awarded One Chef’s Hat by The Age Good Food Guide 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Masons strives to showcase the very best of Central Victoria’s local produce. www.masonsofbendigo.com.au Facebook and Instagram. Open Tuesday through to Saturday for lunch and dinner.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Bendigo Marketplace is anchored by Woolworths and Big W and supported by over 95 specialty stores. The centre is located in the heart of Bendigo along Mitchell Street. The retail mix of the centre includes everyday fashion, lifestyle, services, home wares, general retail, fresh food and takeaway food, with a solid blend of national and local operators.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Theatre
“Beautiful theatre that was created from and new . 1856 old goal recreated as a theatre ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Nature
“In the middle of Bendigo's CBD take a walk through Rosalind Park, it's serene, usually green and it's a perfect retreat on a hot day. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
“Now with Gold Class, Bendigo Cinema is one block away, towards town, and just over the road!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great steak, friendly service. Bookings definitely recommended. www.thewoodhouse.com.au. 54438671. Follow on Facebook and Instagram. Closed Sundays and Mondays. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Transportation
“No other Australian city which closed its tramway system left track, trams and a depot behind in the manner that Bendigo did and this enables us to create a picture of the past for our visitors. Whether enjoying a Vintage Talking Tram Tour or taking our guided Depot and Workshop tour, a visit to Bendigo Tramways drives home the significance of how Bendigo has developed as a city, and the role Bendigo Tramways has played in that development. Over the years, we have even attracted such dignitaries as HRH Prince Charles, who visited Bendigo in 1974 and took Bendigo Birney Tram No. 30 for a drive. Today, Bendigo Tramways is Australasia's largest tourist tramway and welcomes over 40,000 visitor”
  • 12 locals recommend
Off-Licence
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“This is a great wine bar or restaurant ... sit and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Bendigo and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of View Street here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre. An iconic landmark of Bendigo. Something for all age groups. www.thecapital.com.au for upcoming shows or Facebook and Instagram ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lake Weeroona is the jewel in Bendigo’s crown. This beautiful ornamental lake and reserve, set on 18 hectares, was transformed from a dusty mining area in the 1870s. Take a walk around the picturesque lake, enjoy a coffee, a heart warming meal or a delicious homemade gelato. The kids will love the amazing playground and the wide open space to burn off some energy. To make the visit even more exciting, catch a vintage tram from the city centre to the lake”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“beautiful gardens in the heart of the arts precinct, bordered by the Gallery, Theatre, and Poppet Head lookout on three sides, with the main streets full of cafes and shops on the others”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
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“Having served Bendigo since 1887, the Rifle Brigade, or the Gun Club for locals, has in recent years been restored to its former glory. Thirsty? Hungry? Something to celebrate? or Meet in private? We have got the drinks, the food and the facilities for you to enjoy. Come and see it for yourself, you will not be disappointed!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the Chinese people who immigrated to the region. Is an integral part of Bendigo History.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“View street and Main street Bendigo include many of Bendigo's resturants. A wide choice for all budgets.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Awarded One Chef’s Hat by The Age Good Food Guide 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Masons strives to showcase the very best of Central Victoria’s local produce. www.masonsofbendigo.com.au Facebook and Instagram. Open Tuesday through to Saturday for lunch and dinner.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great steak, friendly service. Bookings definitely recommended. www.thewoodhouse.com.au. 54438671. Follow on Facebook and Instagram. Closed Sundays and Mondays. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“This is a great wine bar or restaurant ... sit and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Bendigo and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of View Street here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great service and amazing food, enjoy a night out as a couple or with friends, fine dining experience.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Funky little place for great food and wine, young knowledgeable staff in a heritage laneway location”
  • 6 locals recommend
Hotel
“Head downstairs into the renovated basement for a live jazz/blues band and a wine. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Open 7 days, Corner Store is the perfect place for a breakfast meeting, lingering lunch, after work pick-me-up or a lazy weekend brunch. For those with children, we have an enclosed backyard and kids menu, so you can relax and enjoy your coffee or sneaky craft beer. 7:30am-6pm weekdays and 8am-4pm weekends.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely place to enjoy the lake from and close to many of the main tourist attractions of Bendigo.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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