Join us on an unforgettable day trip to the charming city of Bendigo. Head underground on a tour of the Central Deborah Gold mine, discover the sights aboard your Vintage Talking Tram, wine and dine at Balgownie Estate Bendigo and then choose your own Bendigo adventure before returning to Melbourne in the early evening.
*Only available via online bookings.
Melbourne City hotels 0800hrs
Tuesday, Saturday (does not run on 25DEC, 31 DEC, 01JAN)
Bendigo, an opulent, artistic and vibrant city, crafted from the boom of Victoria’s gold rush of the 1800s provides the perfect day out.
Your first stop will take you underground to explore a real gold mine from the gold rush of the 1900s. The Central Deborah Gold Mine is an award-winning attraction that must not be missed. Your 60 minute tour will take you 61 metres underground to explore the labyrinth of tunnels and walk in the footsteps of the miners.
At the completion of the tour, a Vintage Talking Tram will arrive at the mine station, ready to take you on an interpretative tour of the sights of Bendigo and hear stories about the city’s fascinating gold rush past.
Your guide will then take you just outside town, along a driveway lined with olive trees and vineyards to the fabulous Balgownie Estate Bendigo for a light lunch featuring stunning local produce. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a tasting of their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
You will then have two touring options to personalise your Bendigo experience.
The first option is to explore on foot the beautiful city centre of Bendigo. We recommend that you spend some time exploring the boutiques and cafes in Chancery Lane, Pall Mall and View Street. A visit to this city wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Bendigo Art Gallery to discover its extensive permanent collections of Australian and international art works from the 19th century to the present day. It is also home to significant international exhibitions. From 29 September 2017 to 21 January 2018, the Gallery will host ‘The Costumer Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood’.
The second option is to visit Bendigo Pottery; Australia’s oldest working Pottery. It features an interpretative museum, hand throwing demonstrations, an impressive retail space and the opportunity to test your own skills in making your very own pot on the wheel! Located 10 minutes from town, your Oceania driver will take you there and pick you up at the end.
Please let us know your choice at the time of booking. Exhibition tickets or Bendigo Pottery tickets can be purchased on the day. (Entry to the permanent collection at Bendigo Art Gallery is free).
Your guide will collect you to commence the home journey and chat to your fellow travellers about the historic, artistic and culinary adventures from your exciting day out in Bendigo.