As a legacy of the gold boom Bendigo has many ornate buildings built in a late Victorian colonial style. In fact, the Victorian city's architectural heritage is a major drawcard for the thousands of tourists who visit all year round.
Bendigo is the state's fourth largest city and as such, boasts excellent facilities, services and transport links. It is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.
Major industries here are tourism, commerce, education and primary industries, with some significant engineering industries.
Students are well catered for, with several major schools plus the Bendigo campus of the La Trobe University, and the city is home to a major regional hospital.
Bendigo is connected to Melbourne via the Calder Freeway - less than 2 hours by car.