Experience the splendour of Bendigo, an elegant regional city in central Victoria and an ideal base to explore Victoria's golden heritage. Dine in sidewalk cafes, discover art galleries and antique stores, and take in stunning gold rush architecture nestled among century-old gardens.
Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage buildings, including the Alexandra Fountain, the magnificent former post office, the law courts, and the ornate Shamrock Hotel. Slow right down in Rosalind Park with its open air fernery, cascade waterfall and conservatory.
Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct with a wander along View Street. Be sure to check out the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887), which contains a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and attracts significant exhibitions from across the globe. Also explore the Performing Arts Centre (1873) and a host of smaller galleries and antique stores.
Take time out to visit some of the renowned local wineries. Dine with a view of the vines, visit cellar doors and learn why the region is famous for its magnificent shiraz.
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The inland self-drive route from Sydney to Melbourne is the road to national discovery, along which the Australian pioneer spirit is brought to life in the villages and towns built by the early settlers, the river traders and gold miners who created this nation. You can stroll down old cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings, and moments of the gold rush years and the elegant Victorian era that followed. Then enjoy uncovering the stories of our colonial men and women in the towns’ museums, book shops and galleries and their historical sites.
The broad, gum tree-shaded banks of the beautiful Murray River provide a relaxing location for a water based holiday. You can experience the charm of traveling on Australia’s iconic river on a paddle steamer, fish for the famous Murray Cod, play golf on championship courses, or just watch the river flow from one of its pretty beaches.
This road through Australia’s history starts in Sydney, where European settlement began, and where much of its original colonial architecture can still be seen in the Rocks, sitting under the famous Harbour Bridge and across the quay from the iconic Sydney Opera House. The route also takes in the national capital of Canberra, home to world class museums and galleries, award winning food and wine, and a plethora of outdoors and nature experiences fit for the whole family.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive and the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive are among Australia's most extraordinary road trips driving between Australia's two major cities, including Canberra and Jervis Bay