Tram full of passengers passing historic buildings in Bendigo

Heritage Unwrapped: Join us on Saturday 12 May to enjoy Bendigo's best heritage experiences.

Participating attractions include; Bendigo Tramways, Bendigo Joss House Temple, Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo Woollen Mills, Bendigo Art GalleryCentral Deborah Gold Mine, Golden Dragon Museum and the Town Hall.

Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world's greatest gold rushes. The city's heritage is such an integral part of Bendigo's story that it has been carefully preserved and is available for everyone to enjoy.

The strong support that the city's heritage sites receive from the local community is key to their continued survival in Bendigo. "Heritage Unwrapped" is an open day event that aims to celebrate this support, so that locals and visitors alike can explore the best heritage experiences the city has to offer.

There is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy!

Family underground on a Mine Experience Tour at Central Deborah Gold Mine in BendigoCentral Deborah Gold Mine

Explore the hidden underground tunnels of a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom.

  • Access the surface of the mineTry your hand at panning for treasure, making your own miner's tag and plummeting underground on Cage Rider.
    • TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    • COST: Donation
    • PLACE: 76 Violet Street, Bendigo
  • Mine Experience ToursDescend 61 metres underground and walk in the footsteps of past miners.
    • TIMES: 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.15am, 12.00pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.00pm
    • COST: HALF PRICE. Adult $15. Conc. $13.25. Child $8.00. Bookings Recommended. BOOK ONLINE.
    • PHONE: 5443 8322
    • PLACE: 76 Violet Street, Bendigo

Musicians playing aboard the Blues Tram in BendigoBendigo Tramways

Visit Australia's 2016 Cultural Tourism Attraction of the Year! Click here to download the Tram Timetable.

  • Anzac Centenary Tram: Hear the story of Bendigo throughout WW1
    • TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    • COST: Donation 
  • Blues Tram: Sit back and enjoy performances by Luke Watt and Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies
    • TIME: 10:20am - 12:30pm
    • COST: Donation
  • Dja Dja Wurrung Tram: Discover the traditions of Bendigo's first people and hear a story more than 40,000 years in the making
    • TIME: 10:40am - 5:30pm
    • COST: Donation
  • Vintage Talking Tram Tour: Enjoy entertaining stories about the city founded on one of the world's richest goldfields.
    • TIME: 12:44pm - 5:00pm
    • COST: Donation
  • Join the Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team as they catch a tram to the Bendigo Joss House Temple.
    • TIME: 10:50am from the Charing Cross Tram Stop.
    • COST: Free 
    • Bookings Essential. BOOK ONLINE. - BOOKED OUT!
  • Depot & Workshop Tour: Discover the colourful history of our iconic tram fleet and see first-hand the craftsmanship and techniques that are involved in restoring each tram to its former glory.
    • TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    • COST: Donation
    • PHONE: 5442 2821
    • PLACE: 1 Tramways Avenue, Bendigo

Chinese lion in the Bendigo Joss House Temple Ancestral HallBendigo Joss House Temple

Explore the oldest Chinese place of worship still on its original site in Australia. Celebrating 150 years in 2021.

  • Guided Tours: Discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold.
    • TIME: 10:30am - 3:00pm
    • COST: Donation
    • PHONE: 5442 1685
    • PLACE: Finn Street, North Bendigo
  • Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team Performance: 
    • TIME: 11:30am
    • COST: Free
  • Feed the Fish:
    • TIME: 12:30pm
    • COST: Free

Visitors walking into the Bendigo Art GalleryBendigo Art Gallery, Icons from the historic collection tour

Learn about Bendigo's unique heritage, and the paintings and sculptures linked to our city's past.

  • TIME: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm
  • COST: Donation
  • PHONE: 5434 6088
  • PLACE: 42 View Street, Bendigo




Bendigo Town Hall Exterior

Bendigo Visitor Centre

  • Town Hall Tour: Step back into our Golden Era and experience one of the most remarkable boom time buildings in Victoria.
    • TIME: 11:00am
    • COST: Donation
    • PHONE: 1800 813 153
    • PLACE: 189-193 Hargreaves Street
  • Old Post Office Tour: Explore the majestic and lovingly restored landmark which housed the Post Office from 1887 to 1997.
    • TIME: 2:00pm
    • COST: Donation
    • PHONE: 1800 813 153
    • PLACE: 51-67 Pall Mall

Brick Kilns and Gift Shop within the Bendigo PotteryBendigo Pottery Interpretive Museum

Step back in time and learn about the production processes, machinery, working conditions and traditional skills of Bendigo Pottery from its beginning in 1858 to the present.

  • TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • COST: Donation
  • PHONE: 5448 4404
  • PLACE: 146 Midland Highway, Epsom


Golden Dragon Museum Chinese Gardens in Bendigo Golden Dragon Museum Bridge Street Chinatown Heritage Tour 

Including the Old Bendigo Chinese Association Building, the Dai Gum San Precinct, old cemetery site, the pomelo tree, James Lamsey's Herbalist Practice and the Guan Yin Temple.

  • TIME: 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • COST: Donation
  • PHONE: 5441 5044
  • PLACE: 1-11 Bridge Street, Bendigo 



Dear-UnaSoldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Presents: First World War Postcards to Una of Harcourt

This exhibition presents a group of postcards sent by Australian soldiers serving in the First World War. They were received by schoolgirl, Una Frankling of Harcourt, from men who had lived nearby or had strong links with the Harcourt area.

The postcards map their journeys from Broadmeadows Camp, to South Africa, Egypt and Europe. Cards depicting local landmarks in England were penned during times of convalescence and leave from the front.

Feelings of homesickness and despair are conveyed, as well as humour and observations of local customs. Several of the cards are silk with embroidered patriotic messages.

  • TIME: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • PHONE: 5449 2700
  • PLACE: Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

Bendigo Woollen Mills Guided TourBendigo Woollen Mills Tour

Discover the history of the Woollen Mills building when it was part of the tramways and a guided tour of the wool production process.

  • TIME: 10:00am, 11:00am and 12:00pm
  • COST: Donation
  • PHONE: 1800 813 153
  • PLACE: 4 Lansell Street, Bendigo (Access through Bendigo Tramways Depot)