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{ Travel! } We Found Our Happy Place In Bendigo

Discovering Bendigo With Inspiring Mums...

Photo: Heather James, Inspiring Mums ®  - Bendigo - Winter 2015

Photo: Heather James, Inspiring Mums® - Bendigo - Winter 2015

Why We Went To Bendigo...

Firstly, we were going in the hope to visit a friend, timing wasn't right so we still decided to go and explore "the unknown". We'd never been to Bendigo and we were facing some family challenges and just had to step away, so to speak. ;)

We didn't want to go too far, we wanted somewhere affordable, accessible and family-focused. We also wanted a place that welcomes pets! We wanted to bring our Roxy the Beagle along for the trip to see how she went as she's part of the family!

We knew Bendigo was a great tourist hub with great attractions and variety, with a kind of big city and country town vibe that appealed to us.

Here are some tips if you are planning to travel to Bendigo, I've used Melbourne as our starting point as we are based in Melbourne. 

What we found was spiritual, humbling and down to earth peace, we found our Happy :). We said our prayers for our family at the Great Stupa and it was a sign we needed to know everything was going to be ok.

Hope this post inspires you to create wonderful lifelong memories together.

Bendigo did not disappoint and we will be back!

Before You Leave...

Ok, before you set off on your micro-adventure, set out how much time you have, how you can make the most of your time away and consider your family's needs in terms of sleep, feeds and rest stops.

Your getaway doesn't have to be planned to the minute, but as we know when we have kids sometimes you need to be a little bit more organised than you'd like to be.

  • Babies of course need to be rested, fed and cared for with changes etc., so make sure you have enough time for your baby's needs. 
  • Toddlers need rest too, overstimulating them or giving them too much too quickly can leave you all exhausted with tanties and the rest. So set out what is workable for all of you.
  • Make sure people know where you are, where you are going and can reach you in an emergency. I went without my husband, so I made sure he knew where we were and what route we would travel, in case of trouble with the car and so on.
  • Be mindful that you can't do everything in one day and you will have a certain budget. So work in activities you can do that won't cost the earth or best of all for free. It's not meant to be a stressful time on finances or you! Make it fun and within your means.
  • Make a list of what you need to pack, especially for your bambino's. Take activities for the car, pillows, if they like the iPad's or games take them, take their favourite blanky and sleeping toys to make them feel safe. It can be a big thing for kids to leave home like this. 
  • Map out your travel route, locations to visit and activities and you are nearly there!

Now that you have everything sorted it's time to pack the car and drive!

Getting There...

Driving by car from Melbourne to Bendigo - 153 kms (1 hr 45mins):

  • Get on M2 in Kensington from King St/Princes Hwy/State Rte 60 and State Route 50 - 9 min (3.9 km)
  • Follow M79 to Calder Fwy/Midland Hwy/A300/A79 - 1 h 14 min (124 km)
  • Follow Midland Hwy/A300 to Lyttleton Terrace in Bendigo - 23 min (25.1 km)

*This route includes tolls


Bendigo Attractions...

  • Lake Weeroona
  • Bendigo Pottery
  • Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Bendigo Marketplace
  • Bendigo Regional Park
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Golden Dragon Museum
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine
  • The Capital Performing Arts Centre
  • Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
  • Bendigo Tramways - 'Vintage' Talking Trams
  • Bendigo Discovery Science & Technology Centre

Bendigo dog off leash parks...

Harcourt Park is a 3.7-hectare site that is centrally located in an area where many residents own dogs.

Other off leash parks in Bendigo...


Where To Stay - Our Recommendation...

We stayed at the Park Lane Holiday Park in a family sized cabin, it featured:

  • Main Room 1 Double Bed with cupboard space
  • 2nd Room 2 Double bunk single beds with cupboard space
  • A bathroom with shower over the bath
  • Good sized kitchen with microwave, kettle, fridge, ample cupboard space, tea and coffee.
  • Living area a mall 2 seater lounge with a large 6 seater dining table.
  • Excellent gas heater also featuring air conditioning
  • A ramp from the your car space next to the cabin to the large balcony with outdoor table and bench seating.
  • Accommodation cost for the cabin was $120 p/n + $100 deposit (which is returned after you leave as long as nothing is damaged of course)
  • Pet friendly park, allows animals inside the cabins.
  • Has excellent playground facilities including a huge indoor playcentre, which you get a wristband for when you stay at the park.
  • A large outdoor covered jumping pillow where the kids can run a much.
  • An outdoor playground with swings etc. with toilets and laundry facilities.
  • A beautiful park with bright and cheerful colourful cabins as you enter, can see many families creating wonderful memories all year round.
  • Friendly and helpful staff in the office with a small shop for essentials and treats for the kids like chips and lollies. 
  • Great source of information there for other things to do in Bendigo as well.
  • Just a short 5-10 minute drive from the centre of Bendigo city.

More Accommodation options...

There are a variety of B&B's, Holiday Parks, Motels, Hotels, the best way to find out where to stay is to visit TRIPADVISOR for the TOP 10 Best Bendigo Accommodation

Regular Events in the Arts, Markets & Festivals...

Bendigo put on some very exciting festivals and activities to inspire and engage visitors to the city. It is worth keeping updated via their THINGS TO GO events page on their website or Facebook page updates. 

events in Bendigo to keep an eye on:


Has this post inspired you to take your next family adventure?

We'd love to hear about your trip to Bendigo, what you did as a family and what you loved most! Comment below and share your blog links if you have written about your travels! 



xx Heather

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