Home to more than 90,000 people and just 150km northwest of Melbourne, Bendigo is both an historic mining centre and a modern central Victorian city.
Bendigo came into being in the gold rush of the 1850s. The area was rich in alluvial gold and it quickly became a major settlement. The wealth in the town meant many very grand Victorian-era buildings were erected and they still create the character in the central parts of the city to this day.
The city’s beautiful buildings and mining history have made tourism one of Bendigo’s major industries. Tourists can actually go underground at the historic Central Deborah gold mine (which really is in the centre of town) to get an idea of what it’s like down a mineshaft.
The city also services nearby farming communities as a centre for commerce and trade, but mining is still a major part of the local economy. One of the more famous local mines is Kangaroo Flat (operated by Unity Mining), while GBM operates five large mines in the area.
Bendigo has large, quality schools, a university, a major regional hospital, a private hospital, three local newspapers and thriving arts and sporting communities. It is, in every sense, a major centre with all the facilities and opportunities you would expect. For more on the facilities in Bendigo, check out the council’s website.
The town has even lent its name to a bank. The Bendigo Bank is now a nationwide phenomenon. Wherever you see a Bendigo Bank, you know the bank is owned and run by the local community.
To find out more about Bendigo have a look at the Bendigo Council website.
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