Bendigo lies 150kms North West of Melbourne and showcases some great adventures for families. From amazing architecture, gardens, and museums to art galleries, and new vibrant cafe precincts adorned with street art. We loved discovering Bendigo and here is what you can do with 24 hours in the city.
24 hours in Bendigo with kids.
7am. The day starts with breakfast. Head to the Beechworth Bakery on Hargreaves street as it’s open from 6.30am. Young kids don’t sleep in ( well mine don’t) so its the perfect place to find coffee and something that will suit everyones tastes. (sweet and savoury) We can recommend the beesting.
8.30am Take a walk through the Botanical gardens and marvel at the amazing Moreton Bay fig trees. Listen to all the cockatoos screeching through the air.
10.00am Science Discovery Centre.
An amazing place for kids to discover everything about Science! With many interactive exhibits learning about weight, magnets, illusions and speed. Including the tallest vertical slide in the Southern Hemisphere.( must be 5 to slide and overalls are provided) I must send a special thanks to Kaylee who was very supportive of Cooper accessing the slide. Lots of kids and adults couldn’t go through with it ( Woody and myself included) Cooper and Pep had the best time!
11am. Slide time.
12.00 Science show.
Wheelchair access is great with ramped access to both levels. Experiences can be accessed at wheelchair height. Lots of hands on learning. There are three flights of stairs to the slide. Accessible car spots outside. Companion Card accepted.
1.00pm Lunch at the Boardwalk on Lake Weeroona. Big space and easily accessible. Great kids menu and escape from the heat! Take a walk around the lake or play at the playground.
3.00 pm. Dragon Museum. This museum gives a really good insight into Chinese History in the area. The kids loved seeing all the artefacts including the silk dragon. You can learn all about the Gold Rush and how people from China made their way to Australia during this time. There is also a Jade chariot on display that is stunning and we still don’t know how much it is worth even though Cooper asked a million times!
Outside the museum are the Chinese gardens. A beautiful way to relax and enjoy calm in the city. The kids loved feeding the giant Koi in the pond.
Next door is a Temple where the kids made a wish for their family and friends. They may have also asked for more adventures.
All areas are wheelchair accessible. (Culturally there is one small step into the temple) Accessible car spots available at the front. Companion Card accepted.
4.30pm Head back to your accommodation for a swim and rest! We stayed at Quest apartments. 2 bedroom apartments that can sleep 5. Grab a snack. Apartments are self catered.
6.30pm In the cool of the evening take a walk and discover some street art before dinner. This art was in Pennyweight lane.
Cool down again in the Mall playground. The kids loved the mist coming from this slide.
We headed back to the hotel for some noodles as the kids were exhausted from all the exploring. This is the bonus of having a kitchen at your accommodation. There are plenty of dining options available and a pub on most corners too.
Have you been to Bendigo? What was your favourite experience? We will be adding the Talking Tram Tour when we next discover Bendigo!
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