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About Bendigo 

Bendigo is Victoria's fourth largest city and is around a two-hour drive from Melbourne. The city is known for its gold-rush history, vibrant arts and culture scene, natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle.  

Bendigo is a cultural hub with galleries, museums and a world-class food and wine scene.   

It has many beautiful parks, gardens, and nature reserves, so you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, fishing and camping. There are also lakes located within the city, including the most central, Lake Weeroona.   

A smiling girl sits with a coffee looking out the window of a Bendigo tram.

Bendigo Tramway, Victoria. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.

A snapshot of Bendigo


Over 107,000

Major education providers

La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus and Bendigo TAFE

Gold rush history

In the 1880's, Bendigo was considered the richest city in the world due to the amount of gold found there.

When you study in Bendigo, you can access a range of high-quality educational institutions such as La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus and Bendigo TAFE.  

Its major industries include healthcare, education, manufacturing, and retail.  

Visit the Study Melbourne website to find out more about living and studying in Bendigo. 

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