In the 1880s Bendigo sat on the world's richest goldfields, a wealth which funded many fine buildings, including Bendigo Town Hall, the newly restored Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the art gallery and law courts. Visit them on a stroll through the broad boulevards and tree-lined streets, where you half expect to see ladies with huge hoop skirts and prospectors puffing on their pipes.
Take a historic excursion on Bendigo's talking tram, see Australian art dating back to 1850 or browse the many antique stores. You can even don a hard hat and drop the equivalent of three stories down an old mining shaft on a guided tour. Afterwards, calm your nerves with a pint at the Shamrock hotel, which was rebuilt three times, each more sumptuous than the last.