About 2 hours north of Melbourne is the town of Bendigo. Famous for it’s goldmines, there’s naturally a pub on every corner.

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This is a place I have been wanting to go for a very long time, namely because it is where my mother was born and grew up.

I remember hearing stories about the place and it sounded like such a fantastic place to grow up, I couldn’t wait to see it for myself.

The day in question was a glorious 34 degrees, not a cloud in the sky.

The green spaces looked very appealing and the feature water fountain even more so! Alexandra Fountain was opened in 1881, it’s intricate design makes it a unique landmark within the town.

It’s also in the middle of a roundabout, surrounded by traffic lights so I’m sure it provides motorists with some great people watching while they wait for a green light.

Bendigo is really well known for it’s churches (I’m told), I didn’t see many of them but we did stop for Sacred Heart Cathedral. It’s a whopper!

Our visit was lucky enough to coincide with the opening weekend of the Tudors to Windsors exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

This exhibition features portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London and featured everything from Henry VIII’s childhood portrait through to Harry and Meghan’s wedding photo.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the royals but honestly, this exhibition was so good. I actually learned a lot, it was very well set out with a room for each House complete with family tree and an historic timeline of events within the family alongside world-wide events to give you a better perception of time. Brilliant.

We capped off our day at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens which are just north of the town centre itself.

They are beautiful, lots of green space, beautiful old trees and a river/stream running through it full of ducks and other birdlife. A truly tranquil place and the perfect spot for afternoon tea with goods from the bakery.

If you haven’t been and are considering a visit, I highly recommend. It made for a lovely day trip, but I’m sure you could find things to do over several days, especially if the weather is good!

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Nadia Albuino

Nadia is our Travel and Local Lifestyle Writer