Known for one of the world’s greatest gold rushes is the famous regional location, Bendigo. 150 years ago Bendigo was put on the map worldwide due to the gold that was literally flowing through the streets. The heavy influx of locals and migrants allowed the city to flourish economically and today provides us with a rich history and grand architecture. Just like 150 years ago, people are flocking to Bendigo, although not for the gold, it is for the fantastic business options they have! Located under two hour from Melbourne’s CBD and even less from Melbourne Airport, it is an easy drive to the heart of Bendigo, alternatively public transport is readily available from Melbourne’s CBD.
Although primarily known for the gold rush, Bendigo is thriving in terms of art and culture, food and wine. Home to some of the state’s best galleries, the Bendigo Art Gallery frequently showcases artists that receive world-wide recognition. At the moment they are hosting Marilyn Monroe exhibition and the next one coming up is Maticevski: Dark Wonderland. Visit any of the 60 plus award-winning Bendigo and nearby Heathcote wineries that each have cellar doors. Available for events they are the perfect location and backdrop for any business event. Alternatively they house really good food and wine so make sure to stop by for lunch if you are visiting for pleasure and not business! If you want to experience gold mining, put on your hard hat and step 85 metres below ground into a working goldmine!
The influx of locals and visitors has increased the accommodation options in Bendigo and surrounding areas. The options are endless when it comes to the type of sleeping arrangement that you want. Located in the centre of town are hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, self-contained apartments and hotels. If you want to escape the city and breathe in the fresh air, there are a range of farm stays, rural retreats and bed and breakfasts outside of the city. Many of the heritage buildings that have been there for more than a century have been transformed into contemporary accommodation properties while maintaining the grandeur of the past.
The business facilities are constantly evolving with multiple venues that can host a large amount of people. The Bendigo Town Hall has a capacity of 550 delegates, while The Capital has a range of venues including The Old Fire Station and Dudley House that can accommodate for up to 650 delegates. The Capital also looks after a state-of-the-art venue that was just completed, The Ulumbarra Theatre. This is old jail that has been transferred into multiple meeting spaces including fully functional theatre suitable for large events with latest audio visual support. The Bendigo Art Gallery also has a range of rooms available and can host up to 330 delegates. Alternatively many of the hotels and accommodation options have conference and meeting facilities, allowing you to combine sleeping and business within one venue!
There are many different team building options on hand, such as a gorgeous handmade chocolate shop and Indulge, who do specialised food tours. There are many good quality restaurants that are deservedly putting Bendigo on must visit list for all the foodies out there. Contact us now and we will source your next business adventure in Bendigo!