Bendigo buildings in regional Victoria at twilight.
As of this writing, Americans are unable to visit Australia due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, so consider this story as a way to plan for future trips.
While Bendigo may not immediately come to mind if you’re planning your first trip to Australia, it’s certainly worth adding to your itinerary if you want to venture out from Melbourne for a day trip or you have time to see more of regional Victoria during your Working Holiday Visa year. Roughly two hours northwest of Melbourne, Bendigo offers a look into Victoria’s gold rush past, with enough tours to satisfy any history buff. Here’s how to make the most of your time there, whether you’re into mining tours nearly 750 feet underground, historic Chinese temples, chic eateries, street art or want to spend time with the animals at a nearby vineyard farmstay.
Traditionally home to the Dja Dja Wurrung Indigenous people, regional Victoria was later settled by pastoralists gold was discovered in the 1850s. Mining became the rage until about 1940—learn all about it on a tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine, which lets you see what underground conditions are like at 200 feet (61 meters), 279 (85 meters) and 748 feet (228 meters) below the surface…