Explore our history and heritage

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Aboriginal cultural heritage

The Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung are recognised as the Traditional Owners and rightful peoples to protect, preserve and manage Aboriginal cultural heritage in the Greater Bendigo municipality. There are two appointed registered Aboriginal parties for our area - Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

Nineteenth and twentieth century Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery Established in 1887

Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia.

Bendigo Joss House Temple

Discover more about the faith of the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold.

Bendigo Pottery

For over 150 years Bendigo Pottery has been famous for creating high quality ceramics.

Bendigo Town Hall

Step back into our golden era and experience one of the most remarkable boom time buildings in Victoria.

Bendigo Tramways Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram

Explore the sights of Bendigo aboard a Vintage ‘Talking‘ Tram.

Campaspe Run, Rural Discovery Centre

Discover the unique history of the Sunshine Harvester developed in the Elmore area by Hugh Victor McKay.

Central Deborah Gold Mine

See the tunnels of a real twentieth century gold mine. Home of Australia’s deepest underground mine tour.

Go to Bendigo Tourism website: Bendigo attractions.

Natural heritage

Bendigo is surrounded by a greenbelt of forest. Our natural heritage includes an amazing show of wildflowers each year, Box-Ironbark forest that supports a rich array of flora and fauna, and mallee eucalypts of the ‘Whipstick Scrub’.

This natural heritage provides recreation opportunities for bushwalkers, orienteers, cyclists, birdwatchers, flower enthusiasts, or simply for a Sunday drive.

Crusoe Reservoir & No. 7 Park

Wander around the Bendigo Water Works Company structures built to supply Bendigo with drinking water during the gold rush. LINK

Goldfields Track – Leanganook Track

Follow sections of the Coliban water system and discover historic water races and dissipators, which still supply Bendigo with water.

Greater Bendigo National Park

The park protects some of the highest quality Box-Ironbark forest in north-central Victoria.

Heathcote – Graytown National Park

Explore gold rush and war era historical features or simply enjoy the solitude of this Box-Ironbark bush setting.

Contact us

For more information about experiencing Bendigo’s history and heritage please contact us on 03 5434 6000.

More information

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  • The booklet Pioneers, Poppetheads & Prosperity has been produced to help you discover Bendigo's rich heritage.

    It includes a snapshot of Bendigo's history, with help and advice on the Council services available to owners of heritage homes, and places you can visit in the city or in the forest to explore the wonderful heritage of where you live. 

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This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.

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