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Introduction

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Bendigo rose to fortune on the back of the Victorian gold rush during the latter half of the 19th century. Gold mining is still important to the economy, but primarily because of the tourists it attracts. The city is now the third largest city in Victoria. Those with an eye for architecture also enjoy the city for its late Victorian colonial style buildings.

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Sights and Activities

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral - Australia's third largest cathedral, Sacred Heart was built at the turn of the 20th century. It is constructed with sandstone.
  • Rosalind Park - A Victorian style garden on the outskirts of the city centre.
  • Bendigo Pottery - Australia's oldest working pottery, features clay activities, pottery museum, shop and cafe.

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Getting There

By Plane

There is an airport servicing Bendigo, but travellers would rarely use this to fly there.

By Train

There are several daily train services to Melbourne (Southern Cross station) with V/Line, which take about 2 hours and cost $21.40 each way. There are also train services to Swan Hill and Echuca.

By Car

Bendigo is less than a two hour drive from Melbourne, on the Calder Freeway.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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