Since turning 18, guest traveller Paul Yole has been travelling the world, photographing his adventures and chasing storms. Any chance he gets, you can find him in an aircraft, whether flying himself or commercial. His favourite destination to date is the Hawaiian Islands, which he hopes to return to soon. In the meantime, he’s exploring Victoria and this week takes us to Bendigo – at night time. You can read his Horsham adventure here.
With a wonderful heritage based around the gold rush in Victoria, Bendigo is still part of the heart of the state. Most people though experience the city during the day, but it also shines beautifully at night with its golden glow and nightlife. The feature image is the main street of Bendigo with the famous Shamrock Hotel located in the centre of the city.
Just down the road, you will find the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral. Opened in 1901, the cathedral is a landmark of Bendigo, which can be seen throughout most of the city. Tours are available and they can be contacted through their website. Photographing this in the dark brings an extra bit of awe to it and, in my opinion, makes it look more fantastic than during the day.
Another of Bendigo’s famous landmarks is the Poppet Head Lookout next to the Queen Elizabeth Oval. This landmark provides families with stunning views of Bendigo during the day and night with access to the top via a staircase in the middle. Bendigo during the evening is stunning. This is a highly recommended attraction for any visit.
I know this photo was taken in the morning, but another must visit is the Central Deborah Gold Mine. This gold mine, which operated for more than 100 years until 1954 is a must do and Bendigo’s jewel in the crown. Tours are available with the deepest tour taking you 228 meters underground for an experience you will never forget.
Note: Bendigo is approximately 2 hours from Melbourne via car or train. To find out more, visit Bendigo Tourism.