The discovery of gold in Victoria’s central region over 150 years ago has left a rich and lasting legacy in almost every town in the Goldfields, with their impressive streetscapes and architecture relecting the prosperity of the times.
One of the world’s most spectacular gold rushes took place here in the mid-1800s, giving rise to this magnificent city with its elaborate architecture and lasting monuments. The golden past is seamlessly woven into the contemporary threads, giving Bendigo a distinctly European feel.
We toured the free city Art Gallery and visited the Golden Dragon Museum, dedicated to the many thousands of Chinese miners and merchants who flocked to the city in the 1800s, making up 20 per cent of the Bendigo population.
The Botanical Gardens were an oasis of calm in the bustle of the busy city before heading off to the last commercial gold mine to operate in Bendigo at Central Deborah Gold Mine. Around nine billion dollars worth of gold was found here, making it one of the richest goldfields in the world.