Gold was discovered in legendary quantities in the Bendigo region, a single bucket of freshly dug up dirt here in 1851 brought with it over 25kilos of gold. Which is a lot, even in today’s terms or rather, especially in today’s terms. More gold was found here than anywhere else in Victoria.
Later, in the 1870s, a gold vein found here started another gold rush yielding even more wealth for Victoria. Some of it was put to good use, giving the city a unique collection of large elegant buildings and 19th Century heritage streetscapes. There are tours available for Bendigo, you can also take walk tours around the city with brochures available from the Bendigo Visitors Information Office located at 51-67 Pall Mall St.
Also available from the Bendigo Visitors Information Office is the Explorer Pass, allowing you entry into 4 Bendigo attractions: the Central Deborah Gold Mine - An underground 2.5 hour adventure tour, transport on the Bendigo Trams - a hop on, hop off Vintage Tram Tour, the Golden Dragon Museum - a world class Chinese collection and Bendigo Pottery - You can participate in an hour wheel throwing lesson, with entry to the Interpretive Museum.
Bendigo is easy to get to via car, bus or train, located northwest from Melbourne at the junction of the Calder, McIvor, Midland and Loddon Valley Highways. About 90mins.
The name Bendigo originated from a world famous bare knuckled boxer, William "Abednego" Thompson, a shepherd on the Ravenswood run near Bendigo was handy with his fists and became renowned as a great fighter. He lived in his hut on a creek which flowed through the valley where gold was found. It is said that this shepherd, nicknamed "Abednego" lent his name to this rich Goldfield.
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Main Photo: The Gold Rushes Translated to Wealth in Bendigo - 19th Century Heritage Streetscapes
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Photo: Bendigo Historic Tram Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off.