Bendigo is the administrative and financial capital of the larger Bendigo Metropolis in Victoria province, Australia. It's one of the major cities in Australia with a population of about 90,000. The development of the town dates back to the gold rush era of the 19th Century. The gold mines of Bendigo were the most productive in the whole colony of Victoria. The mines attracted migrants whose activity led to the rise of the one of the largest gold mining economies in Australia at that time.
The modern city of Bendigo in the 21st Century boasts of a rich cultural heritage. This legacy coupled with the financial and administrative functions make the city a top tourist destination. The top tourist sites include:
Central Deborah Gold Mine: The mine was operational between 1939 and 1954. It gives you the chance to relive the experiences of miners during the gold rush. The tour takes around four hours and includes underground excursions of tunnels and shafts. This mine has won several accolades including the Victorian Heritage and Cultural Attraction of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
Victorian Goldfields Railway: What a better way to get to the goldfields of Bendigo than by the classic steam-powered locomotives that used to transport miners to work.
Bendigo Tramways: This is the ultimate transport means when catching the sights and sounds around the city. The landmarks you will get to see include; the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo Joss House Temple, the George Lansell Statue, the Golden Dragon Museum and the Art Gallery.
In Bendigo and the larger Victoria state, the Casino industry is monopolised by the Crown Melbourne Casinos. Gambling here is yet to reach international standards. The idea of liberalising the casino industry in the state is currently being courted by the authorities and the public.