Five trams sitting at the entrance of the Bendigo Tramways Depot Shed

We're opening our doors for Open House Bendigo!

Open House Bendigo will see a series of private homes, commercial and civic buildings open their doors for viewing on the 27th and 28th of October 2018, allowing locals and visitors alike to see inside iconic buildings and spaces that are not normally open to the public.

The Open House Bendigo weekend is a chance to celebrate the city, challenge your opinion about different architectural styles, build your knowledge about Bendigo's history, and arm yourself with information about future developments that will impact the city.

To celebrate the event we have put together three special offers:

  • Use the Vintage Talking Trams to get around town at a discounted rate! Did you know that 16 sites in the Open House Bendigo program are within walking distance of a tram stop? Just present your Open House Bendigo program when purchasing a Vintage Talking Tram ticket and receive 30% off* individual one-day tickets. That's $12.50 per adult and $7.50 per child. *Discount does not apply to concession rates, family rates, or package deals.

  • Guided Depot & Workshop Tours: Learn more about the history of the Tram Depot and the rare vehicles that it houses. Then step into the Workshop area where heritage trams (including Melbourne's iconic City Circle fleet) are carefully restored by our specialised team.
    Dates: Sat 27 and Sun 28 October.
    Times: 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Cost: Free
    Bookings: Not required.

  • Guided Managers Tour: Join the Bendigo Tramways Workshop Manager (Saturday) and the Bendigo Tramways CEO (Sunday) for an in-depth tour about the specialist skillsets that are used within the workshop to undertake tram repurposing and restoration projects. Gain insight into current projects that are being carried out within the workshop, and come to understand why the workshop is now world renowned.
    Dates: Sat 27 and Sun 28 October.
    Time: 12:00pm
    Duration: One hour
    Cost: $5.00 per person.
    Bookings: Essential. Book online here.

22 other buildings are also open as part of Open House Bendigo, including outstanding private homes, significant heritage redevelopments including architecture tours by Y2 Architects of Ulumbarra Theatre, Bates Smart-led tours of the major Bendigo Hospital development, and a special preview of the Soldiers Memorial Institute extension by Lovell Chen. See the full program here.