At Central Deborah Gold Mine you have the unique opportunity to explore a real gold mine. Walk in the footsteps of past miners on a spectacular underground tour, explore the surface of the mine with its treasure trove of vintage mining machinery and try your hand at gold panning for riches.
Mine Experience Tour
Don a hard hat and miners lamp, descend 61 metres below the surface and discover what conditions as a miner were really like. Afterwards, explore the surface of the mine and learn how to pan for gold.
Underground Adventure Tour
For the complete experience, venture 85 metres underground to the third level of the mine. Gear up in overalls, boots, miner’s hat and lamp. Climb ladders, work mine drills and search for gold with finders keepers!
This tour also includes lunch or afternoon tea served underground in the Crib Room.
The Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram Tour also departs half hourly from the Central Deborah Gold Mine.
FUN! FUN! FUN!
With a variety of adrenaline pumping, challenging and just all out fun activities The Zone has something to offer every age and is the perfect day out for all the family!
Have a blast with our many activities, sit and have a coffee and something to eat in our cafe, bring in a group for a bbq or party, there is no outing we can't cater for!
Visit our website to see special events and offers and check out the full details of everything The Zone has to ensure a Fantastic, Fun Family day out!
Experience the best of both city and rural ballooning as we drift serenely through clean fresh air with the beautiful city of Bendigo and the surrounding landscape beneath us.
A professional pilot and crew with a love of flying will fly up to ten people for an hour before enjoying a mouth watering breakfast and champagne at Bendigo\\'s renowned Boardwalk Restaurant.
Birthday Parties are a specialty at the Bendigo Ice Skating Stadium.
We supply the warm room, the tables, the decorations, the party food AND the entertainment. You supply the birthday cake.
The Aussie Skate program has been specifically designed to suit the needs of all people wanting to learn to ice skate.
School groups are invited to take up the challenge of having the most fun in their sporting curriculum.
Learn the basics, come back to a public session and show off your newly aquired skills. Its easy, very aerobic, strength building, balance enhancing but mostly heaps of fun and VERY COOL!
The Ice hockey Development school is a program designed by Ice Hockey Australia called the "come and try program".
The school takes you through the basic fundamentals of skating from stopping, skating backward, puck handling, shooting and even goal tending.
Sit back, unwind and enjoy the tranquil relaxation lounge at Silk Day Spa™, just a few minutes from the CBD in beautiful, historic Bendigo.
Book for individual and customised treatments, share some time in the dual treatment room with a friend or partner or perhaps a Girls Day In Package, available only at Silk Day Spa™ and caters for up to twelve women to enjoy some pampering together.
Silk Day Spa™ is an Aveda Concept Spa where you can enjoy hand and foot rituals, wedding preparation, superb body treatments in the Steam and Vichy Cocoon, relaxation and hot stone massage, beautifully relaxing and results driven facials and stunning hair colour, styling and treatments offered in the Silk Aveda Hair Lounge.
Balance your mind, body and soul with a little time out at Silk Day Spa™ in Bendigo, also the solution for beautifully presented gift vouchers and Aveda gift packs for someone special in your life.
Spaeleven is Bendigo’s first boutique day spa with its fusion of diverse elements and creative approaches to wellness for men and women.
The new and innovative inner-city day spa is the complete experience in beauty, body and hair as well as housing a stylish café, conference facilities and accommodation. Breathe in tranquillity and awaken your senses as your body relaxes and stress gently slips away during this incredible spa journey of face, body and water therapy.
Housed in an architecturally designed building, the spa captures style and tranquillity with its welcoming reception and an exclusive quiet room for complete relaxation.
Our highly skilled and qualified therapists each have a different area of expertise so let us know how firm or how relaxing you prefer your massage and we will book you in with the therapist that will best meet your needs.
Village Cinemas is a major force in cinema exhibition in Australia and overseas. Village Cinemas Australia is a division of Village Cinemas International, which, together with its strategic partners, currently operates in Australia, Singapore, Greece and the Czech Republic.
Village Cinemas operate traditional cinemas, drive-ins, and specialised cinema experiences of Cinema Europa and Gold Class.
Village Cinemas International is part of the Village Roadshow group of media and entertainment companies.
With the latest blockbuster movies on offer and selected showcase films we pride ourselves on offering our patrons a state-of-the-art cinema experience.
With 7 cinemas all featuring Dolby Surround Sound, stadium seating and state-of-the-art projection your cinema experience is one where you will feel like a star.
The Star Cinema has provided the greater Bendigo community with independent, arthouse films and crossover cinema releases since 1999. It operates in the grand setting of the Eaglehawk Town Hall in Bendigo, Central Victoria.
Dragon City Lanes, named in recognition of "Sun Loong" the worlds longest Imperial Ceremonial Chinese Dragon, is located in the heart of Victoria, in the historic goldfields of the 19th Century. Now with new owners, Greg and Hannah Brooks, Dragon City Lanes is ready to offer more fun, better service, and an even friendlier atmosphere than ever before.
View Street Bazaar offers an excitingly different shopping experience with curios from all corners of the globe jostling for space amongst contemporary jewellery, modern décor and maritime objects. The collection includes an eclectic mix of antique, art deco, vintage, retro and handmade pieces all chosen because of their interesting or stylish edge. Whether you are a visitor to Bendigo, a collector or just looking for a one-off gift for a friend or family member, the Bazaar offers you the opportunity to find something unique at a reasonable price. Day trip visitors to Bendigo can enjoy the architectural history, beautiful gardens, food and wine and visit the shops of View St all within 500 metres of the city centre.
This park protects some of the highest quality Box-Ironbark forest in north-central Victoria, along with mallee and grassy woodlands. This is an ideal spot for nature study, birdwatching, bushwalking, picnics, horse riding and camping. The best time to visit is between August and October when colourful wildflowers are abundant. The 60 kilometre Bendigo Bushland Trail goes through part of the park, and the Great Dividing Trail begins here, linking Bendigo, Castlemaine and Ballarat. Things to do - Recreational fossicking is allowed in some areas. Fossickers must hold a current Miners Right. - The park offers a range of opportunities for walking and mountain biking. - Scenic driving, cycling and walking - Most roads in the park are unsealed and suitable for car touring and cycling. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Balgownie Estate was the first boutique vineyard to be planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. Established in 1969 by local pharmacist and winemaking legend, Stuart Anderson. The 70's and 80's are often reminisced over by those that would drive up from Melbourne for their allocation of the big full-flavoured reds, renowned for their exceptional ageing qualities. From these artisan beginnings, the 'Balgownie' name quickly gained a reputation for it's award winning wines both in Australia and overseas. Even the Queen, on a stately visit, got to have a wee sample of the 1975 and 1976 Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Balgownie Estate boasts two vineyards and cellars: Bendigo, with predominantly old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz as well as small parcels of Chardonnay and Viognier, and now the cool climate Yarra Valley with the regionally distinctive varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Both the Bendigo and Yarra Valley Cellar Door outlets provide visitors with access to wines from both regions. Each Cellar Door offers visitors a chance to embrace a holistic wine tourism experience with regionally inspired foods from a 'shared table' style cafe and an informative wine museum that captures the trials and tribulations of two of Australia's great wine regions. If that's not enough get away from it all at the Balgownie House; the perfect retreat ! You can relax and enjoy breakfast on the verandah, curl up with a good book on the couch, have a spa or maybe sleep all day (as do the kangaroos!), wander down to the cellar door to experience one of our famous reds or distinctive whites, 'tingle' your tastebud's with a regionally inspired lunch in the cafe.
Established in 1887, Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia. The Gallery's collection is extensive, with an emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from 1800s onwards, alongside a strong collection of contemporary Australian art. The collection is complemented by dynamic and ambitious temporary exhibitions and a diverse range of public programs and events.
The La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre is a multipurpose contemporary visual arts facility. Located in the heart of Bendigo's arts precinct, it features two galleries, two sculpture courtyards, an auditorium, a meeting room and an artist in residence apartment and studio. In addition to an annual program of 23 exhibitions that seek to present the cutting edge in contemporary art, the centre aims to engage with the community through a public lecture program, artist floor-talks and residencies featuring local, national and international artists. The exhibition program includes the Facade Project, an annual public art commission which transforms the facade of the building. The Visual Arts Centre has a 90 seat tiered auditorium equipped with a laptop computer, data projector, an audio system and internet access. The auditorium can be hired for seminars, public lectures etc, and the foyer is available for stand-up receptions or can be used in conjunction with the auditorium; the foyer area opens directly onto the adjacent courtyard, which is a wonderful space for guests to linger in the warmer months. Also available for hire is a meeting room which accommodates up to 12 people and is equipped with internet facilities and a large LCD flat screen for use with a laptop. To find out more on hiring these facilities, please contact the Visual Arts Centre.
With over 40 individual sites, the Bendigo Pottery Antiques and Collectables Centre is the best place to go to find that unique piece that no one else will have. The range at Bendigo Pottery Antiques and Collectables Centre includes pottery, paintings, glassware, jewellery, vintage clothing, furniture, silverware, kitchen equipment and utensils as well as collectables of all sizes. The stock changes regularly at the Antiques and Collectables centre so there will always be something for collectors and buyers, who enjoy all types of antiques. While at Bendigo Pottery you can get involved with the hands on activities which include wheel throwing and clap play. You can observe the many artist studios that are on site as well as the interpretive museum that showcases one of the most significant collections of historic wood fired kilns in the world And do not forget the Café where you can relax with a cappuccino and cake or take time out for a light lunch or snack. Try their fantastic sausage rolls and delicious scones. Please contact Bendigo Pottery Antiques and Collectables Centre for more information.
The Golden Dragon Museum is Victoria's first accredited museum and it beautifully presents processional regalia, carved furniture and costumes embroidered with gold bullion thread. Artefacts date as far back as the Shang Dynasty 1500-1000BC. Experience a living history of the Chinese people in Bendigo, from the gold rush of the 1850's to the present day, at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Australia. Located at the entrance to the museum and part of the Chinese precinct of Bendigo, are the Yi Yuan Gardens, the Kuan Yin temple and the Dai Gum San forecourt. Individuals welcomed and insightful educational tours, on a range of subjects, bring the museum to life for group bookings. Meals are also available in the Tearooms and wonderful items are available for purchase in the giftshop.
There is still no better way to see the sights of Bendigo than aboard Bendigo Tramways Vintage 'Talking' Tram. Sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years aboard a majestic Vintage 'Talking' Tram. You will be delighted by the grand architecture of Bendigo as your tram tells you entertaining stories about the city founded on one of the world's richest goldfields. This hop-on, hop-off tour stops throughout the city giving you the opportunity to explore many of the parks, attractions, shopping and dining facilities that Bendigo has to offer. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Visit the website for the current timetable. Don't forget to include a visit to Australia's oldest operating Tram Depot, the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop. You will be in awe as you are taken on a guided tour, dwarfed by the many trams which live there, each with their own story to tell. See first hand the craftsmanship and techniques that are involved in restoring each tram to its former glory and find out more about the unique characters of the Tramways. Bendigo's fleet of Vintage 'Talking' Trams have all been restored here in the Bendigo Tramways Workshop. The workshop also carries out restoration works for other depots and museums around Australia and overseas. Depot and Workshop tours depart daily and are a great addition to your Vintage 'Talking' Tram Tour.
Established in 1995 by Wes and Pamela Vine, Mandurang Valley continues to develop itself as one of Bendigo's major wine producers. From the home grown, hand-picked grapes through to estate vintage and bottling, Mandurang Valley prides itself on the high quality of their wines. From a classical Bendigo Shiraz to a crisp, clean Riesling, Mandurang Valley's wines all display a depth of fruit where the flavours are able to speak for themselves.
With loads of interactive exhibits to explore, you won't know what to try first at Discovery Science & Technology Centre! Be sure to look out for the whacky mirrors that make you look really strange, the echoing chamber that repeats your words a thousand times over and don't forget to play a tune on the thong-a-phone! Some popular Discovery Science & Technology Centre favourites include: Bendigo Planetarium: Sit back, relax on a bean bag, and become immersed in the world above as you are taken on a guided journey through the cosmos, venturing to places you've never been before. Each 20 minute show explores the wonders of astronomy and showcases the limitless phenomena in the sky above. Vertical Slide: Discovery is famous for the southern hemisphere's tallest Vertical Slide. If you're a thrill seeker, the Vertical Slide is definitely something that you will want to try. With a sheer drop of seven metres you will fall at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometres per hour! All sliders must be at least five years of age. Kaleidoscope: Think you are too young for science? Think again. For the young scientist under six, learn the basic principles of maths and science through the colourful and fun exhibits in Kaleidoscope. The Discovery Gift Shop: If you are looking for an unusual gift, then the Discovery Gift Shop is the place to go. The Discovery Gift Shop stocks fascinating educational items that are sure to keep kids busy for hours. During Victorian School holidays the Discovery Science & Technology Centre run special science and planetarium shows.
At the Bendigo Joss House Temple you can discover more about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold so long ago. The Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship, was constructed in the late 1860s. Standing for over a century, the Bendigo Joss House Temple is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia. It comprises a Caretaker's Residence, Temple and Ancestral Hall. The main temple is dedicated to Guan-Di, the god of war and prosperity. The Chinese saw Guan-Di as a wise judge, guide, protector and provider of wealth and prosperity. Constructed with locally hand-made bricks and painted red, symbolising the traditional Chinese colour denoting strength and vitality, the Bendigo Joss House Temple is an important part of Bendigo's cultural history.
Sandhurst Ridge is one of the gems of the Bendigo region. This boutique winery has been producing award-winning wines since their first vintage in 1995.
Sandhurst Ridge wines are handcrafted by the owners, brothers Paul and George Greblo, who are proud to be continuing a family tradition of winemaking which began generations ago in northern Italy.
The picturesque vineyard nestles against a state forest, and is planted to shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, and in tribute to their Italian origins, a Nebbiolo. Ralph Kyte-Powell awarded this winery four and a half stars to this "intriguing Bendigo red".
Being only 15 minutes from the centre of Bendigo, virtually guarantees an informative conversation with someone with hands-on knowledge of the vines as well as the wines, since Paul (the winemaker) and George (the vineyard manager) reside on the estate and it is a Italian family run business.
Boutique, self-contained vineyard accommodation is available at Sandhurst Ridge. They provide two one-bedroom cottages, for visitors who wish to stay longer in the Bendigo wine region. The accommodation is brand new as it only opened in 2012.
When staying at Sandhurst Boutique Vineyard accommodation you can borrow one of their mountain bikes so then you can explore the Bendigo Winery Cycling Trail. View their website for further information.
Tastings of current and back vintages at the delightful cellar door overlooking the vineyard.
The Wines Sandhurst Ridge specialise in are Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Sandhurst Ridge Reserve Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Fringe Shiraz, Fringe Shiraz Cabernet Sauvigno.
Come visit Sandhurst Ridge when in the Goldfields region. Please contact or view the website for further information.