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Dec 8, 2013 - Bendigo

7/12 – 8/12 – Bendigo Pulled into Bendigo looking for the showgrounds to camp at, we had to call into the I centre for directions and things to do. Beautiful town, the buildings remind me of Europe and win hands down over all the others we have seen. Very cosmopolitan type town, heaps of eateries, coffee shops all the stores you could ask for and very busy, busy, busy. It’s a city with its own suburbs. Took in the art gallery which also was outstanding, there was one exhibit of a sow with piglets but the artist tried to introduce a human...

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Oct 27, 2012 - Bendigo - Golden Dragon Museum

28th October Spending a few days in Bendigo catching up with family. Yesterday we toured the Golden Dragon Museum. We experienced a living history of the Chinese people in Bendigo. The museum presents processional regalia, carved furniture and costumes embroidered with gold bullion thread. Artifacts date back as far as as the Shang Dynasty 1100-1500 BC. In the 1890s an impressive Imperial dragon known as Loong was purchased from China by the local Chinese. He is now the oldest Imperial dragon in the world and is housed at the museum. A...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Life in Bendigo

Hi, We are loving Bendigo and the weather has been turned on for us (well so far!) and is sunny and warm. We didn't go to any garage sales on Saturday as we could not find them - only had street names and no suburbs, so even the tomtom could not help us. That's ok as we found a street of antique shops and went browsing instead. We then went out to the Bendigo Pottery and found an antique centre there so that kept us busy for ages. No pottery bought this time, but we haven't left Bendigo yet so that may change! Sunday was market day and it...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Winter Clothes Back Out!

Hi, We left Hay yesterday morning. The day before on our rest day I cleaned the 'van and Barry went back to the museums that we went to last year. We stopped at an antique shop which was closing down in Deniliquin and Barry scored an art deco, bakelite & chrome smoker's stand in excellent condition - is going to look great in the shop. We stopped at Echuca for lunch and a loaf of the super sourdough bread. After a wander around we left for Bendigo. When we came across the border the skies opened and it bucketed down - so much that I was...

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Aug 6, 2012 - Bendigo

Bendigo is a large city with a population of about 120,000. The area used to be called Bendigo Creek or Bendigo’s Gully after a famous local boxer who had earned the nickname Bendigo in reference to an English fighter. Its first official name was Castleton, then Sandhurst, but the nickname of Bendigo won out. There is a lot of history here. Trams have been restored and you can take a Vintage Talking Tram around the CBD.

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Jun 6, 2012 - On the Road Again

After catching up with the "FAMILY" for just over a week, (and "Bruce" for lunch), we left Melbourne at 9.50am, Tuesday 5th. T'Ann, the odometer when we left Melbourne was 87888kms. Headed for Ballarat, where the issue with the tow hitch was resolved. Thanks to Ballarat City Caravans. No thanks to Hayman Reese. Visited Soveriegn Hill, but sadly the Eureka Stockade is still closed for an $11 million redevelopment. Leaving Ballarat yesterday, we went north (it's not getting warmer yet) to the home of The "BENDIGO" Bank, and the first Meyer...

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Sep 1, 2011 - Ballarat to Bendigo

Wednesday - On our way from Ballarat we stopped at the "Chocolate Mill" which is 7kms North of Daylesford. The chocolates are all hand-made using Belgian chocolate and is a chocolate lover's heaven. I had a hot chocolate and it was absolutely delicious. We arrived in Bendigo early afternoon and are staying at the Gold Nugget Tourist Park. The cost is $27 2A per night if you are a Top Tourist member as you receive a discount. Although the park is on a main road (Midland Highway)it is set far enough back to be quiet at all times. The park is...

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Aug 26, 2011 - More farewells than Melba

I just wanted to use that cliche... We are now in Sandhurst…. Ok Bendigo…. Gold Nugget Caravan Park is OK, sites a tad difficult to get onto because of the height above the kerb. Free internet though - unmetered and high speed….. We had a packed day today, gold mining in the am. Maybe I should have called this post “Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to work we go”…. The Central Deborah mine tour was interesting; we only went down to the 2nd level but the geology was interesting, the miners of old missed the mother lode by 8 metres and it was discovered...

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Aug 26, 2011 - Bendigo

We had a walk around the Gardens and Rosalind Park today. Very typical Bendigo…. I didn’t climb the poppet legs to the lookout. To open for me and I did not have a parachute….. Off to Hopwood’s Ferry in the a.m. and having dinner with some fellow members of ABB at the Moama Bowling Club. There is some discussion between my wife and I as to what Velma did in Moama, I thought she was bussed in as a lawn bowls spectator, there is some suggestion she may have been a scorer. No doubt Vel will enlighten us in due course.

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Jun 16, 2011 - Bendigo

Had a fun day exploring Bendigo today. Weather was very cold but no rain so we just rugged up warmly. First stop was at Jayco to buy a new jockey wheel. Then we drove into town and bought a ticket for the 'talking tram' which is a hop on, hop off tourist tram that has recordings to give you a bit of history of the town as you travel around. The buildings are amazing - something we have found in all the towns we have currently been in that were founded on gold. We did the full trip to start with then on the return we jumped off at Charing...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Bendigo

We have had a few days in Bendigo. Great caravan park, our spot is right next to the pool and across from the playground, so the kids are in heaven! Big driving day tomorrow, trying to get over to Goolwa by Thursday some time. We are slowly sorting out the ins & outs of caravanning and attempting to look like we have some idea of what we are doing when we set up & pack up!!

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Dec 18, 2010 - Bendigo cont.

13th December. We went into Bendigo again and took a lovely walk through Rosalind Park, which has lots of beautiful old trees and flower beds, there are fountains and bridges throughout the park, in the centre is a glasshouse filled with unusual plants and a couple of fountains which help provide the humidity for the hothouse. At present there is a colony of grey bearded bats, which are rather rare.

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