Bendigo is a city in Victoria located near the geographical centre of the state. It is approximately 150 kilometres North West of the state capital, Melbourne. It is a pleasant 90 minute drive or slightly longer rail trip from Melbourne.
Bendigo has a population of 82,794 making it the fourth largest inland city in Australia and fourth most populous city in the state. The population is growing by 1.6% per annum.
The discovery of gold in the soils of Bendigo during the 1850s made it one of the most significant towns in Australia. The gold rush brought an influx of migrants to the city from around the world. More than 3,000 Chinese settled in Bendigo in 1854. Tourist attractions include the Central Deborah Mine, which offers underground mine tours, and the Talking Tram, which takes passengers on a 5 kilometre journey through Bendigo.
Rosalind Park, in the city’s centre, features a lookout tower offering impressive views across Bendigo, while Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, built in 1896, is the largest cathedral of its type in the southern hemisphere. Other attractions include several art galleries and the Golden Dragon Museum, which is a tribute to the city’s long history with Chinese people and culture.
Bendigo is situated in a fertile valley surrounded by a number of hilly suburbs featuring wide tree-lined streets, bushland, and several large reserves, creating a pleasant and green environment for residents and visitors. A number of lakes and reservoirs are located within the city including the most central, Lake Weeroona, which features gardens and parkland.
Bendigo was the city in which penniless Russian immigrant Sidney Myer opened the first Myer store in 1900. Today, Myer department stores can be found throughout Australia’s capital cities and regional centres.
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