How to Spend a Weekend in Bendigo

Bendigo, Victoria

Over the weekend we took a little trip to Bendigo to see experience what the city has to offer. Bendigo is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. From award winning restaurants and cafes, shopping precincts, local wines and quirky laneways, it’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised!

Checking in:

The Schaller Studio

Inspired by artist Mark Schaller, The Schaller Studio is a colourfully accented contemporary hotel is nothing less of eclectic. As soon as I stepped foot in the lobby, I knew I was going to love this place. There’s words of inspiration dotted throughout the hotel, fun artworks, a cosy fireplace and not to mention The Pantry, also known as their gorgeous hotel cafe.

How to spend a weekend in Bendigo
How to spend a weekend in Bendigo


The hotel is just outside the town centre with free parking and Lekker bikes to rent! The reception were so lovely as we quickly checked in, happily directing us to our room. Even the room cards have a little creative flare at this place.

How to spend a weekend in Bendigo

The rooms were exactly as I had imagined – cosy and very quirky. The first thing I noticed was how small the rooms were (the queen is 22 square metres) but I believe they are designed with the size in mind, as you wont be spending much of your time in the room! But don’t fear, there is plenty of storage space and the most incredible mini bar, might I add. What I loved most is that every room has its own balcony, many with panoramic views.

How to spend a weekend in Bendigo
How to spend a weekend in Bendigo
How to spend a weekend in Bendigo

Eat + Drink

How to spend a weekend in Bendigo
The Pantry at The Schaller Studio

One of our favourite places to enjoy a coffee was actually at The Schaller Studio’s cafe! It has of the freshest coffee in the city and a perfect spot for breakfast. If it’s a sunny day, pack a few ready made foods from the cafe and head down to Rosalind Park for a little picnic.

How to spend a weekend in Bendigo

I particularly loved the cafe during breakfast! All the foods are presented so beautifully, even if it’s something as simple as a bacon and egg muffin. If you’re staying at the hotel, they offer a buffet breakfast for $10 a person and having experienced quite a few buffet breakfasts in my time, it’s an amazing value for money.

watermelon margarita


Mexican is one of my favourite foods ever so it was no surprise we just had to stop at Cantina. We had already eaten so we opted for drinks instead and whether it be the presentation or drink itself, the watermelon margarita totally won me over. The food looked absolutely delicious and I’m gutted I didn’t get to try any, but there’s always next time!

Borris Murgers

Burger fans, prepare yourselves. Borris Murgers is home to some pretty crazy burger combinations including the mac n cheese burger and the mexican burger (yes, that’s with tortilla chips inside) so you certainly wont be short for options. And it doesn’t stop there, the thickshakes are BEYOND. Try the Golden Gaytime – trust me.

El Gordo

Just down a tiny, secret laneway, you’ll find the quirky El Gordo, a cafe & tapas bar. The staff are particularly friendly and always offer a cheerful welcome. The menu is limited, but all the options are delicious and inexpensive, perfect for lunch or an afternoon drink (accompanied by sangria, of course). It seems to be a favourite among locals and I can see why, the atmosphere really makes it.

Handle Bar / Nespresso

In the morning, this place is called Get Naked Espresso Bar, serving up some of the city’s best coffee, but in the evening it turns into Handle bar, a chilled out pop-up bar with a focus on local craft beer. With rustic wooden tables and milk crate seats, it’s surely a unique and laid back way to spend the afternoon to night.

Things to do

The best way to get around Bendigo is to walk or hop on the heritage tram. Whether it be a wine festival and music festival, there’s always something going on in the city so be sure to check the calendar of events.

After only being in the town for an hour, I could see Bendigo has a big emphasis on its arts & culture scene. It’s one of the most funky and creative rural cities I have visited. That being said, the top attraction in the town would be the Bendigo Art Gallery. It would be best to check the website to see what the current exhibitions.

Rosalind Park is a lovely place during the warmer months to relax and enjoy the sunshine. It’s also the perfect spot for a picnic and you’re still right in the middle of the city.

Chancery Lane, Bendigo

Don’t forget to check out Chancery Lane, the secret laneway tucked away in the city filled with bars and cafes.

The Golden Dragon Museum is a slightly different attraction, albeit one of the most important. It’s a significant source of information in understanding Bendigo’s history.

Afternoon tea at Fortuna Villa, a beautiful old building with an amazing history, is a lovely way to spend the afternoon.


Sunday Chapter stayed at The Schaller Studio as guests, however all opinions are my own.