Explore our history and heritage
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.
City of Greater Bendigo Civic Collection
Reflecting the economic, social and political history of the City, this growing collection is comprised of photographs, artworks, paper-based material, costumes, furniture, and ephemera which contribute collectively to the community's understanding of the development the region since the 1830's. Return again and again to discover new additions to the collection as it evolves over time.
- Explore the City's Civic Collection via Victorian Collections.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about experiencing Bendigo’s history and heritage please contact us on 1300 002 642.
- Things to do
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.