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Historic walking tours - Bendigo

Bendigo, Australia

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Experience hosted by Jill

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Two-hour standard tour
Our standard tour is a guided walk through Bendigo's historic centre surrounded by its unique boom-style architecture.
We describe how gold & mass migration transformed a sleepy sheep run and land of the Dja Dja Wurrung into the world's richest city of the 1880s.
We recall the Bendigo people, events and fabulous wealth that built 'Marvellous Melbourne' and shaped a new nation.
We explore Bendigo's role in campaigns for democracy, votes for women, trade unionism and Federation.
Our stories range from radicals to royalty, larrikins to leaders and include the quirky, remarkable, sometimes humorous, often forgotten, but always intriguing stories of our city.

Where do we walk?
Our standard tour starts at the Bendigo Conservatory adjoining Pall Mall, and moves through the former Government Camp covering a distance of less than a kilometre and finishes at the top of View St next to the Bendigo Art Gallery.
Tailored one-hour tour
We also offer a tailored one hour tour that combines favorites from the two-hour tour with stories of Bendigo's unique pattern of settlement, its boom style architecture and its innovative early​ housing.
Tours are wheelchair friendly.
Other things to note
The tour is easy walking with a distance of no more than 1-1.5kms. There are ample toilets and drinking fountains along the way.
The tour is wheelchair friendly.
Two-hour standard tour
Our standard tour is a guided walk through Bendigo's historic centre surrounded by its unique boom-style architecture.
We describe how gold & mass migration transformed a sleepy sheep run and land of the Dja Dja Wurrung into the world's richest city of the 1880s.
We recall the Bendigo people, events and fabulous wealth that built 'Marvellous Melbourne' and shaped a new nation.
We explore Bendigo's role…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Umbrellas are provided in the event of rain or to protect from sun exposure...
From $24
/ person
Sat, Jan 23
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$24 per person
$24 per person
Sun, Jan 24
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$24 per person
$24 per person
Mon, Jan 25
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$24 per person
$24 per person

Meet your host, Jill

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 23 Reviews
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I am JIll Hanlon and I am the founder of Bendigo Walking Tours. For three years my husband Peter and I have been hosting fully guided, walking tours through the historic heart Bendigo - one of the world's great goldrush cities.
Our passion is researching and sharing the social and political history of Bendigo - the people and events that shaped our nation.
We have a long connection with the Victorian gold rush.
Pete’s great grandfather was born in a tent on the Bendigo diggings in 1859.
My ancestors were mining at Ballarat during the Eureka Rebellion of 1854 and on other goldfields.
I am JIll Hanlon and I am the founder of Bendigo Walking Tours. For three years my husband Peter and I have been hosting fully guided, walking tours through the historic heart Bendigo - one of the world's great goldrush cities.
Our passion is researching and sharing the social and political history of Bendigo - the people and events that shaped our nation.
We have a long connection with the Victorian gold rush.
Pete’s great grandfather was born in a tent on the Bendigo diggings…
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Where you'll be

Our tours focus on the historic heart of Bendigo including Rosalind Park which was once the Government Camp from where the goldfield was administered.
All around us is Bendigo's boom style architecture.
The tours also take Pall Mall and View St - two of VIctoria's most significant Victorian streetscapes. Tours usually begin at the Conservatory Gardens and end at the acclaimed Bendigo Art Gallery.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Lisa
January 2021
There was 4 of us who went on the walking tour with Peter. We all absolutely loved it. Peter had an extensive knowledge of the history of Bendigo and surrounding areas. We couldn’t fault the experience. A definite for people visiting Bendigo and wanting to learn about the history.
There was 4 of us who went on the walking tour with Peter. We all absolutely loved it. Peter had an extensive knowledge of the history of Bendigo and surrounding areas. We couldn’t…
Gabrielle
December 2020
What a fantastic walking tour. Jills knowledge of the area is amazing and gave both myself and my husband a new found knowledge of the importance of this region and its contribution to Victoria and Australia as we know it today.
Brenton
December 2020
We experienced a very enjoyable two-hour walking tour with Peter on a warm December morning. He was articulate, knowledgable and obviously very enthusiastic about the history, design and architecture of Bendigo. This tour exceeded our expectations and is highly recommended.
We experienced a very enjoyable two-hour walking tour with Peter on a warm December morning. He was articulate, knowledgable and obviously very enthusiastic about the history, desi…
Heather
December 2020
Fantastic walking tour with Jill. A small group of 2 so it felt like a stroll and a chat with a friend. Highly recommend.
Paul
December 2020
Our tour was marvelous. Jill was energised, excited and enthusiastic about the history of Bendigo. She went to the trouble of supplying historical photographs that illuminated her stories of this fabulous city. Fully recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bendigo, in fact...it should be mandatory!!
Our tour was marvelous. Jill was energised, excited and enthusiastic about the history of Bendigo. She went to the trouble of supplying historical photographs that illuminated her…
Ema
November 2020
Amazing experience. Peter was extremely knowledgeable about the city and it’s history, ranging from politics to the gold rush and how it effected every group of people. Would 10/10 recommend

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Depending on the weather sun hats and water.