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Visited Bendigo a while ago, hadnt been there in years. and to be honest i didnt remember it being so picturesque. having said that i wasnt really interested in city architecture the last time i was there. which was why i was spewing i didnt have a camera with me, because its a wonderful town full of magnificent gold rush era buildings and lovely lush parks and streetscapes.

Please feel free to post images of your fave regional cities from around the country. It would nice to compare.

The Shamrock Hotel on Pall Mall, just a beautiful building. Thank God for the Gold for this one






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Town Hall - they ran out of money b4 they could build the clock lol




Chinese Museum - Thousands of Chinese came here to mine for Gold in the 1850's


















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Dean said:
Visited Bendigo a while ago, hadnt been there in years. and to be honest i didnt remember it being so picturesque. having said that i wasnt really interested in city architecture the last time i was there. which was why i was spewing i didnt have a camera with me, because its a wonderful town full of magnificent gold rush era buildings and lovely lush parks and streetscapes.

Please feel free to post images of your fave regional cities from around the country. It would nice to compare.
Deano mate, those are some awesome shots. During my trips to Melbourne, I have always thought about just jumping on a VLine train and heading out to one of the regional centres like Geelong or Bendigo. Your pics make me want to go to Bendigo next time I'm in town. Good work! :)
 

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I dont think I've ever been to Bendigo - but intend to travel extensively (on day trips) to all the centres connected by RFR in a year or so (except La Trobe Valley).
 

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I dont think I've ever been to Bendigo - but intend to travel extensively (on day trips) to all the centres connected by RFR in a year or so (except La Trobe Valley).
Why not Latrobe Valley? Surely Traralgon is not *that* bad!
 

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Deano mate, those are some awesome shots. During my trips to Melbourne, I have always thought about just jumping on a VLine train and heading out to one of the regional centres like Geelong or Bendigo. Your pics make me want to go to Bendigo next time I'm in town. Good work! :)
Mate i highly recomend it. I was amazed at the quality of the building's. Places like the Shamrock would not be out of place on Collins st and the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral wouldnt look out of place it it stood where St Pats is in east melbourne now or st Mary's in Sydney. Just beautiful.

Some of the Qld forumers have spoken about Rockhampton as being similar but i really doubt it would have such a large amount of ornate buildings of the calibre i saw in bendigo. ballarat is also a place id like to see again, it's also been years since i visited. It also has great Gold rush building but not quite as good though.

If you go, make sure u get on the talking tram tour. it goes past all the historic buildings and tells you all about them. its a bit kooky. an old 1920's W class tram, like being back in melbourne. and then go have a beer at the Sham. lol

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Bendigo is without a doubt my favourite regional centre. I was there in February and I really regret only allocating half a day to see the city. It is really beautiful and picturesque! It's got great public buildings that are worthy of being in any capital city, it's got trams, an amazing cathedral and the most beautiful women that I have ever seen in Australia!

My favourite regional centre in S.A. is Mount Gambier - it's a very attractive city, and its Blue Lake and caves are really beautiful.
 

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Wow, the building in that first pic is pretty spectaculor, but the balcony around the bottom of it sure does spoil it! It looks like it has been added later? Does anyone know?
 

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As far as architecture goes its hard to say because I have not been to all regional cities in Australia.

But of the ones I have been to go in this order:

Ballarat - So many beautiful gold rush buildings.

Rockhampton - wide streets, beautiful victorian and queenslander style architechture.

Bendigo - great gold rush architecture.

Maryborough (Qld) - Best Queenslander style architecture in the country, mant beautiful streets and a great downtown.

Castlemaine, Maryborough (vic), Chartres Towers and Ipswich also have nice buildings for their size.

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Great pics I must get down there
...and of course there's Mildura...the dazzling capital of Sunraysia.
BTW I hear Bendigo Art Gallery rates ahead of at least one state capital (Hobart/Brisbane/Perth? in terms of the quality and depth of it's collection. True?
 

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Great pics.

Both Ballarat and Bendigo are very similar in size and have a very similar history (both 19th centruy gold rush cities). But apart from this they each ahve a very different character. Bendigo has very well planned,spacious, 'leafy' character while Ballarat has a much more urban feel to it. Bendigo has more beatiful Victorian architecture but Ballarat has more imposing streetscapes and is much denser.

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Another thing that makes Bendigo interesting , besides being in the worlds biggest ever gold region, is in 1900 Sidney Myer opened his first Myer Emporium there. Of course its now grown to be Australia's largest retailer. The Myer family has been synonymous with Melbourne with its philanthropy donatong the funds to build the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings' Domain.

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Those pictures are amazing, Bendigo really looks like a wonderful place. I can see great things happening to these cities in the future if the local councils pull their fingers out. A bit of streetscaping and a scrub and polish, the introduction of a thriving cafe and nightlife scene and some unique industries and you got yourself a bustling little hub for tourists and locals to enjoy. Does Bendigo have a tram network or is it only the single tourist tram that operates. I didn't know any other city outside Melbourne had a working tram network? Another favourite of mine is Warnambool... was there a year or two ago after driving the GOR and it was a wonderful end to the trip. Some great streetscapes, lovely restaurants, quite a bit of development and a bizzaar topography.

As for galleries, I've said before that the Geelong Gallery is just as impressive if not greater than the Adelaide and Brisbane galleries... I'm sure the Bendigo and Ballarat galleries would also compare.

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Some pics of Rockhampton from the net.

















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Love to get to Bendigo some day. I've started a thread on Townsville heritage buildings but they dont compare to some of these - great to see them still dominating the skyline all these years later. I didn't know Bendigo still had trams either.
 

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top pix dean. yes i love Sacred Heart! at 86m its Australia;s 3rd tallest church.

It has heaps of heritage bldgs, very lucky with gold rush.

i think Australia's largest "provincial" city is Newcastle? 500,000?
how much pop of Bendigo? 80,000
any big provincial city is Wollongong.not much in way of historic bldgs.Newcastle has many great bldgs.
websters meaning of provincial>
2. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
lol.
 
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