Round Town: The Schaller Studio
Whilst many know Bendigo for its history in gold rush era, there are plenty of contemporary comforts to be enjoyed – think boutiques, great local produce and a coffee as good as any in Melbourne. With its historic background coupled with a burgeoning arts and culture focus Bendigo is the perfect place to stay inspired. Here’s a few local favourites, all in walking distance from our digs.
The Schaller Studio Talking Tram Tour
Taking you through some of Bendigo's key attractions, a talking tram tour is a super simple way to explore the town without navigating a map / parking / etc. Jump off at any stop if you want to take a closer look, or sit back (our custom Schaller Studio tram features cosy armchairs) and take in the surroundings.
Tucked away off Pall Mall, Chancery Lane is a pint-sized pocket of eclectic boutiques and foodie haunts. Here you’ll find one of our favourite local restaurants, The Dispensary Enoteca, as well as local treasure troves to find that perfect gift for others or yourself. Keep your eyes peeled for the street art adorned the laneway which make it feel like a classic Melbourne side street.
Bendigo Art Gallery
Bendigo has made a name for itself as an emerging cultural hub over the past decade, and the Bendigo Art Gallery has been instrumental in this development. Thanks to a partnership with London’s prestigious Victoria & Albert museum, the gallery has been able to showcase some of the leading international collections over the past few years. Stop in for one of their two upcoming international collections (from 19 July) or simply enjoy their permanent works – you might even spot an Olsen or Blackman in the mix.
Central Deborah Gold Mine
On the other side of town, but well worth the extra steps. Central Deborah Gold Mine is a relic from Bendigo’s gold mining boom in the early 1900s. Diving up to 228 metres under surface level, the mine has multiple tours for those curious to explore the underground tunnels of Bendigo. For out-of-town and international guests alike, the mine is a unique chance to imagine Bendigo’s past and learn more about the effect of the Gold Rush on Australian history.
View Street Arts Precinct
The ‘epicentre of all things art related’, View Street houses a hub of galleries, one-off boutiques and dining options. Catch a performance at the historic Capital Theatre, stock up on vintage and custom delights or spend an afternoon taking in the classics at Bendigo Art Gallery or the contemporary works at Living Arts Space. Finish it off with a local wine at Wine Bank on View, a wine bar that sits inside a heritage listed bank building.
Stock your picnic basket as much as you want – you won’t have to carry it far. Lake Weeroona is a quiet place to stretch out on a blanket all afternoon, or perfect for a brisk morning’s jog or bike ride. The ornamental lake and its surrounding reserve takes up a generous 18 hectares, including a playground and wide open spaces for young ones to burn off energy. Across the seasons, it’s a great way to experience the Bendigo scenery.
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