Discover Bendigo & Surrounds

When gold was discovered in Victoria over 150 years ago it left a rich and lasting legacy in almost every town in the Goldfields. Today visitors can tour the majestic Victorian streetscapes of Bendigo and Ballarat with their grand hotels and public buildings, or explore delightful villages such as Maldon, Castlemaine, Heathcote and Dunolly.

  • Visit one of the Art Galleries in Ballarat, Bendigo or Castlemaine which hold a collection of Edwardian, European and Modern art works.
  • Take the kids along to an event at the Central Goldfields Gallery, or hunt out smaller private collections and artist studios dotted all over the region.
  • Discover gold rush history at Sovereign Hill and the Central Deborah Gold Mine.
  • Have a break at a local cafe or stylish eatery, or visit stellar restaurants making use of the region’s fine fresh produce. Sample locally produced wines, olives, apples, cheeses and more, direct from the farm gate or cellar door.
  • Explore the region’s outdoors along the 210 kilometer Goldfields Track or wander through one of the many stately gardens in the area, some dating back to the 1860s.
  • Indulge in delectable cool-climate wines and innovative cuisine prepared by passionate local chefs in the gourmet villages of Beechworth and Milawa.
  • Follow the Muscat Trail to Rutherglen’s wineries and pedal around smaller Bright and King Valley villages and fill your basket with just-picked local produce.
  • Drive the Great Alpine Road, one of Australia’s great touring routes, winding through the region’s alpine landscapes, heritage towns, and local food and wine producers.
  • In the warmer seasons outdoor activity opportunities increase, with awesome road cycling and mountain biking trails, off-road driving, horse riding and hiking on the high plains. The excitement continues with rock climbing, river rafting and fabulous freshwater fishing on the Delatite, Jamieson and Howqua rivers.
  • Dig around for Ned Kelly tales in Glenrowan’s dedicated sites.
  • Swing into the saddle around Mansfield’s epic trails blazed by mountain cattlemen past imposing escarpments, each steeped in The Man from Snowy River

Discover Victoria with these great escapes!

We’ve put together a bunch of guides for some of our favourite places to escape to in Victoria. Plan your classic escape.

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