Published on 27th July 2021
by Ricky French

The Gold Rush boom town and surrounding region is becoming a regional gastronomy heartland for regional Victoria. In Partnership with Visit Victoria, we seek out the best places to eat, drink and stay.

The Bendigo region has always been a plentiful food bowl. Just under two-hours north of Melbourne, it’s an area rich with producers who support and (literally) feed off each other, creating the perfect microclimate for paddock to plate produce. In 2019 the town’s shift from gold rush relic to modern dining destination was officially recognised, when it was named a UNESCO Creative City and region of Gastronomy, in recognition of its forward-thinking approach to locking in a self-sustaining future.

For the second half of the 19th century, the Victorian city of Bendigo produced more gold than anywhere in the world. But the region’s history goes back much further, and its riches far deeper. It’s the traditional land of the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung people of the Kulin nation, and their enduring culture continues to be recognised in the heart of the city at Rosalind Park, in Bendigo Art Gallery, and in countless sacred sites throughout the region.

The Bendigo region takes in many towns, each with something unique to offer. Travellers can follow their nose in the Heathcote and Bendigo wine region, taste Australia’s “best” vanilla slice, visit a local butcher, enrol in cheese school (actually a thing) or drink cocktails on a rooftop bar. At the end of the day, retire to a serene stone cottage for a night cap by the fire pit.

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Welcome to Bendigo and Surrounds


Fill your basket with local goodies direct from the growers, get your cultural fix with international blockbuster art exhibitions and explore Australia’s original National Trust designated town.