Tram Driver talking to passengers on board a tram driving through Bendigo

Bendigo's story ... the unscripted version

Help us trial a new experience! Each Saturday at 12pm throughout August our most colourful characters will be sharing Bendigo's fascinating story on board a Vintage Talking Tram in their own words.

The experience

Step aboard and join our charasmatic conductors for an off-the-cuff look into Bendigo's gold rush past, iconic architecture and multi-cultural heritage. Walk away armed with insider tips and tricks to explore our captivating city.

  • Date: Saturday 4, 11, 18 and 25 August 2018
  • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Place: Departing from Central Deborah Gold Mine, 76 Violet Street Bendigo VIC
  • Cost (50% 0ff):  Adult $9, Concession $8.50, Child $5.50, Family $26.50, Bendigo Ambassador Pass holders are free of charge. 
    To qualify for the reduced rate, we just ask that you complete a short 2min feedback form at the conclusion of your tour.
  • Bookings: Please phone 5443 8255 to book your seat

Why are we trialling this new experience?

After 45 years of delivering the Vintage Talking Tram Tour via an on board commentary, we're curious to know if you think Bendigo's story is better when told in person!

The very first Vintage Talking Tram took to the streets in 1972. Back then, the commentary was recorded onto a cassette tape and delivered a scratchy commentary of all the key landmarks along the way.

Today, the pre-recorded commentary, which has seen many rewrites and re-recordings over the years, continues to be used to deliver the Vintage Talking Tram experience, but with new generations starting to ride the trams and changed visitor expectations, it is time to consider whether a different approach is needed.

As a result we are trialling the alternate delivery method for the tour which is more interactive and immersive.

The trial involves replacing the recorded commentary with a real life storyteller who can deliver Bendigo's story in person and be able to answer questions and share other fun facts along the way.

The trial tours are being offered for half the price of the normal Vintage Talking Tram tour to encourage participation and feedback about your experience. If you are a local Bendigo Ambassador, the tour will be free.

We're really excited about the potential of this new approach, but we need as much feedback as possible to help us decide if it is something we should introduce on a long term basis.

Can you help us answer the question ... Is Bendigo's story better when told in person?