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The park elevates toward Camp Hillwhich features a historic school and former mine poppet head. Further from the city is Lake Weeroonaa large ornamental lake adjacent to the Bendigo Botanical Gardens, which opened in The gardens are home to many native species of animal including brushtailed and ring-tailed possums, ducks, coots, purple swamphens, microbats small insect eating bats the grey-headed flying fox, several species of lizard, owls and the tawny frogmouth.
Culture and events[ edit ] Capital Theatre Bendigo is home to Sun Loongthe world's longest imperial dragona symbol of the city's Chinese heritage and a major drawcard of Bendigo's Easter Festival procession. For the remainder of the year, it is on display in the Golden Dragon Museum. The Bendigo Art Gallery is one of Australia's oldest and largest regional art galleries.
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In Marchit hosted a royal visit from Princess Charlene of Monaco at the opening of an exhibition about Grace Kelly. It also hosts the annual Bendigo Writers Festival, founded inwhich runs across the second weekend in August each year. The Ulumbarra Theatre  was opened on April 16, The renovated theatre retains some original architectural features of the gaol.
It also acts as a ceremonial and teaching space for local secondary schools and universities.
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It is regarded[ by whom? The city hosts the Victorian event of the annual Groovin' the Moo music festival. It is held at the Bendigo Showgrounds and is usually held in late April or early May. The festival regularly sells out and brings many big Australian and international acts to the city.
It also attracts thousands of people from around Victoria to the city for the weekend. With over 80 artists from all over Australia, the not-for-profit festival is hosted in many of the venues around Bendigo, and is headlined by a large family-friendly free concert held in Rosalind Park.
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The Bendigo Easter Festival is held each year and attracts tens of thousands of tourists to the city over the Easter long weekend. Attractions include parades, exhibitions and a street carnival.
The Festival of Light is a multicultural celebration of peace and harmony inspired by the Buddha's birthday held in May each year since at the Great Stupa. The festival's program includes dancing and musical acts followed by a fireworks display at night. Media[ edit ] Bendigo is served by two newspapers: There are also eight locally based radio stations; Prime Television maintains a sales office in Bendigo. On 5 Mayanalogue television transmissions ceased in most areas of regional Victoria and some border regions including Bendigo and surrounding areas.
All local free-to-air television services are now being broadcast in digital transmission only. This was done as part of the federal government's plan for digital terrestrial television in Australiawhere all analogue television transmission is being gradually switched off and replaced with DVB-T transmission.
Music[ edit ] There are several live music venues with local independent bands and artists performing on a regular basis. The Bendigo and District Cricket Association is the controlling body for 10 senior cricket clubs within the Bendigo area. The Emu Valley Cricket Association organises matches for 13 clubs around the Bendigo district, from Marong in the north to Heathcote is the south. The Bendigo region is also home to the historic Bendigo Football Leaguea strong local Australian rules competition.
The Bendigo Cup is a prominent horse racing event. The stadium hosted basketball games during the Commonwealth Games. Bendigo's men's team is called the Bendigo Braves and the women's team is called Bendigo Spirit.
In both and the women's team won the Women's National Basketball League championship. Bendigo was the host to the second Commonwealth Youth Gamesheld from 30 November to 3 December Economy[ edit ] Bendigo is a large and growing service economy. The major industries are health, finance headquarters of the Bendigo and Adelaide Banktourism, commerce, education, food processing and primary industries, with some significant engineering industries see below under "Manufacturing".
Bendigo's growth has stimulated growth in small surrounding rural towns such as ElmoreHeathcoteRochesterInglewoodDunolly and Bridgewater. Commerce[ edit ] Bendigo Bank left The main retail centre of Bendigo is the central business district, with the suburbs of Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square, Strathdale and Epsom also having shopping districts. Land use The City of Greater Bendigo includes Victoria's fourth largest city in Bendigo, as well as a significant rural hinterland. The city encompasses a total land area of 3, square kilometres, of which a significant proportion is national park, regional park, reserve or bushland.
Much of the rural land is used for agricultural purposes, including poultry and pig farming, sheep and cattle grazing and vineyards. Most of the city's retail space is in the Bendigo CBD or along the main roads. There is some industrial land use in the suburbs around the CBD. Urban centre thumb The central area CBD of Bendigo consists of approximately 20 blocks of mixed use area. The main street is the Midland Highway, the section running through the CBD is also known as "Pall Mall" while the main shopping area is centred around Hargreaves Mall.
Bendigo has several suburbs some of which such as Eaglehawk were once independent satellite townships and many which extend into the surrounding bushland. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo November The architect Vahland encouraged European artisans to emigrate to the Sandhurst goldfields and so create a "Vienna of the south". The main building was completed between and and the spire between and Fortuna Villa is a large surviving Victorian mansion, built for Christopher Ballerstedt and later owned by George Lansell.
Bendigo's Joss housea historic temple, was built in the s by Chinese miners and is the only surviving building of its kind in regional Victoria which continues to be used as a place of worship. The Queen Elizabeth Oval still retains its ornate grandstand.
Parks and gardens [File: The main entrance corner of the park is on the intersection known as Charing Cross, formerly the intersection of two main tram lines now only one. It features a large statue of Queen Victoria. The Charing Cross road junction features the large ornate Alexandra Fountain and is built on top of a wide bridge which spans the viaduct.
The park elevates toward Camp Hillwhich features a historic school and former mine poppet head. Further from the city is Lake Weeroonaa large ornamental lake adjacent to the Bendigo Botanical Gardens, which opened in