Everybody loves a good roadtrip, right? Well at least we do! And sometimes time out of the big city is very much needed. Thankfully, Victoria offers beautiful country towns close to the big smoke. So you are never far away from a day spent outside of town.
A couple of weekends ago we hopped in our car, coffee (to go) ready, guidebook in hand, eager for exploring. We drove 90 minutes to the North, reaching Bendigo just in time for a nice, sunny afternoon stroll around town. Bendigo is actually one of the largest towns in Victoria and has been an important boom town after gold was disvocered during the 1850s. The architecture is fantastic, there are still many gold-aera buildings like the former Post Office or the Shamrock Hotel.
You find the pretty Rosalind Park just next to the city centre - here you can climb the lookout tower to have a great view over Bendigo! I especially loved the conservatory - filled with amazing flowers and colours!
We checked out the Chinese quarter and museum (Bendigo has a strong Chinese heritage as many of the gold diggers where Chinese), but I loved the secondhand bookstore we found along the way the most. Check out this place filled with books. A dream come true!!
As for the food we had a burger at our favorite burger joint - Grill'd Burger! Yum - "Simon Says" (thats the name of the burger btw) is my all time favorite!
However, we actually missed the most famous sights of Bendigo that day: the Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo Pottery and the Central Deborah Gold Mine.
Well, just another reason to return!! Right? Right! *K