Posted by Neville | Posted in Destinations, Places | Posted on 20-10-2012
Tags: Bendigo, Buildings, Gold, Historical, Places
So Much To See And Do
A last minute decision to take the road to Bendigo, rather than another route through central Victoria, has been rewarded with some wonderful experiences and plenty more that we could do with more time.
Bendigo is a large rural centre in Victoria, that was established during the Gold Rushes of the 1850s in Australia. It was one of several locations where gold was discovered and grew into large mining operations. The results of the wealth generated by the lucky, or resourceful miners and those who supplied materials and services to them, are to be found in lots of places around the town.
Grand buildings, religious, civil and business, with ornate facades and balconies are all over the town.
It is impossible to miss the Cathedral, started in the 1870′s, partly completed in the early 1900′s, and finally completed in the 1950′s to late 1970′s. It is an impressive, both inside and out, and well worth a visit.It is just one of many impressive religious buildings that are found around various parts of the city.
A visit to the Chinese Joss House, dedicated to Guan Di (Kwang Gong) is also worth a
visit. There we found out about the hardships that Chinese diggers endured, and their contribution to history of Bendigo. Included in the tour is a talk about the history of the building the uses of the various parts of the temple.
The Talking Tram
The main street, Pall Mall, carries a tramline that runs regular services that have a commentary about Bendigo’s history and landmarks that it passes. This is the famous Bendigo Talking Tram. Actually there are several of different vintages.
Fortunately we rode one that had padded seats and not the hard wooden seats that we saw on another.
The Central Deborah Goldmine has several tours available to people who want to find out more about Gold Mining, the conditions that the early miners had to endure and the tools and equipment that they used.
A Poppet Head has been relocated to the top of Camp Hill in the centre of the city, just behind the Information Centre and Rosalind Gardens. The climb to the top is worth the effort with the spectacular views that it provides. Around the base of the Poppet Head is a series of mosiacs depicting the contributions of the many different nationalities who build the city to what it is is today, along with indications of the huge role played by gold.