Wishing to avoid the tumbleweed vibe that took over the streets of Melbourne on Good Friday at the start of the Easter four day weekend, we opted for a two hour train ride northwest to the provincial outpost of Bendigo. A rural metropolis with its roots firmly set in golden grandeur of the mid 1800's, when digging to get rich became all the rage. The ensuing bonanza and the then townsfolk's civic pride have left the legacy of some wonderful Victorian architecture.
The goldfields also left another legacy that is still maintained today at the Bendigo Easter Fair. A large Chinese population came to Bendigo Creek seeking riches, and have left their decedents and traditions behind. Bendigo being home to the largest Imperial Dragon on earth, Sun Loong.
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Dining became an Italian experience at the well recommended Borchelli on View Street.
Enjoy Bendigo for a day.