Published on 7th March 2016
by Linsey Rendell

Bendigo is a city that respects and celebrates its past, yet is quietly carving a future driven by a love of food, art and design.


A strong farm-to-table ethos, and a desire to preserve the surrounding landscape are ingrained in Bendigo’s abundant food scene. From wine and cheesemakers, to beef raisers and veggie growers, the farmers and producers of the region work closely with local cafes and restaurants to foster a food dialogue driven by flavour and sustainability.

The gold rush of 1851 brought an influx of migrants from around the world, and this pocket of Central Victoria began to boom. Some of the grand Victorian architecture from this time remains, as does the cultural diversity of the community.

While its heritage buildings fill with bakeries, wine bars and cafes, Bendigo residents welcome visitors to their town, proudly showing off its many assets.

It’s not so far away, either – only 90 minutes up the Calder Freeway. Here’s our pick of where to eat, drink and stay, and what to do when you visit.

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Welcome to Bendigo

NEAREST CITY

Melbourne

DRIVE

1 hour 51 minutes from CBD

TRAIN

Two hours from Southern Cross Station

Do

To fill in the time between eating and drinking in Bendigo, there are plenty of non-food related things to do. Shops, parks and galleries abound. There’s also an excellent food tour, for those who prefer to learn about food while taking a break to digest breakfast.

Itinerary

ITINERARY: ART TOUR OF BENDIGO

From the stencils and paste-ups of local street artists, to the grand paintings of 19th-century salon artists at the Bendigo Art Gallery, the city is home to many historic and contemporary forms of art. Punctuate your art gazing with plenty of coffee stops and nourishing meals, and perhaps a small kip in the park or a cheeky glass of wine.

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9am

Get Naked Espresso Bar

73 Mitchell Street
Bendigo VIC
0411 950 044
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Get Naked Espresso Bar

Take a moment to enjoy your first coffee of the day at Get Naked Espresso Bar on Mitchell Street.

9.30am

Old Green Bean

179 Lyttleton Terrace
Bendigo VIC
(03) 5444 3173
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Old Green Bean

Next, stroll over to Old Green Bean on Lyttleton Terrace for your morning meal. Pair a smoothie with the sweet-corn-and-bacon hash or a breakfast bahn mi. See if you can pick up a vintage fashion treasure while you’re there.

11am

Forever Marilyn

Rosalind Park
Bendigo VIC
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Forever Marilyn

On your way to the gallery, pause at Seward Johnson’s eight-metre-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe entitled *Forever Marilyn* in Rosalind Park. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #marilynbendigo.

11.30am

Bendigo Art Gallery

44-48 View Street
Bendigo VIC
(03) 5434 6088
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Bendigo Art Gallery

Visit the exhibition about Marilyn Monroe. Enigmatic, mesmerising and heartbreaking. This major exhibition delves into the complexities of this enchanting film star and her off-screen persona.

1.30pm

Bendigo Wholefoods

Cafe- 314 Lyttleton Terrace
Bendigo VIC
(03) 5443 9492
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Bendigo Wholefoods

Reward your art efforts with lunch at the Wholefoods kitchen, before popping into the adjoining grocer to collect some treats for a mid-afternoon picnic.

3pm

Rosalind Park

1 William Street
Bendigo VIC
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Rosalind Park

Time for a siesta among the trees. If you’re feeling energetic, wander around the public-art pieces and climb the poppet tower for a view over the city.

5pm

The Schaller Studio

Corner of Lucan and Bayne Streets
Bendigo VIC
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The Schaller Studio

Check in to your boutique accommodation for the night. Browse the endless colourful works of artist Mark Schaller, before borrowing a Lekker bicycle to glide back into town on.

5.30pm

Chancery Lane

Chancery Lane
Bendigo VIC
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Chancery Lane

Take a walk down this eclectic laneway. The walls are covered with paste-ups, stencils and plants growing in tin cans. See how many Melbourne street artists you can spot.

6pm

The Dispensary

9 Chancery Lane
Bendigo VIC
(03) 5444 5885
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The Dispensary

Specialised drinking at its finest. Take a seat inside where vinyl lines the walls, or nab a spot along the laneway where you can watch the sky fading towards sunset.

8pm

Masons of Bendigo

25 Queen Street
Bendigo VIC
(03) 5443 3877
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Masons of Bendigo

Settle in for an evening of decadent flavours. Each dish at Masons of Bendigo is a celebration of the individual ingredients from which it’s made – sourced from small-scale farmers and primary producers in Central Victoria. Don’t skip dessert.