A day of Autumn at Bendigo!

An Instagram worthy city which is located just 150kms away from Melbourne was my weekend destination. The 4th largest city in Victoria, offers picturesque laneways, Vintage (Talking) tramways, Manicured gardens, Colonial era buildings and historical precincts.

Chancery Lane

The famous Chancery Lane and a wholesome brunch to go along with it, this lane is located right in the middle of CBD and is easy to locate. We were greeted by beautiful decorated walls and decided to settle down at the El Gordo Café over a coffee.

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Chancery Lane!
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Chancery Lane, Bendigo!
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Lane art!
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El Gordo Cafe, Chancery Lane!

Vintage Talking Tram

The Vintage Talking trams is the heartbeat of Bendigo, they run across the CBD, taking you across the numerous historical landmarks of the city. Hop on and hop off anytime when you wish to make a stopover or stay on to finish the trip in just 30 mins.

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Bendigo Woollen Mills!
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Woollen Mills, Bendigo!
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Talking tram!

Walk down 7 mins from the Bendigo Station is the visitors centre, to grab your talking tram tickets and hop on from any stop to start your journey. Our 1st stop was the Bendigo Woollen Mills. Explore the 18th century trams that no longer runs on the streets and are now on display as a part of their Vintage Collection. The famous Woollen woven trams only ran during the winter season, therefore I was unable to catch a glimpse of it.

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Talking Tram
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Talking Tram
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Woollen Mills, Bendigo

While you settle for a cosy place in the tram, you’re taken back in time discovering the iconic architecture of the city and the Gold rush era.

Joss House Temple, Chinese community is an integral part of Bendigo history and this place is one of the few remaining of the 18th century. Understanding the cultural heritage of a city specially which has various cultural amalgamation.

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Joss House Temple, Bendigo!

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Sacred Heart Cathedral was our next stop, this is one of Australia’s largest churches and is extremely beautiful. It’s massive and extends over a lush green stretch of land, on a bright sunny morning this place looks like a family hang around place.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Historical buildings

Alexandra Fountain, Bendigo Town Hall, Pall Mall, Head post office, Hotel Shamprock, Military Museum, Myer place, Bendigo art Gallery, Golden Dragon Museum, Rosalind Park are the major historical buildings which you can’t give a miss. Located adjacent to each other these architectural wonders takes you back in time to relive the history of the era.

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Military Museum!
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Golden Dragon Museum!
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Golden Dragon Museum!

A day tour is too short a time to enjoy this colourful era, go ahead and explore this beautiful city of Victoria which offers something for solo or a family traveller.

Geelong: The land of Baywalk Bollards!

One can never run out of weekend gateway ideas in Melbourne, especially when you have a plethora of options at your disposal.

Last week, I was at Geelong for Cricket Australia National Inclusion Championship and I took this opportunity to explore Bellarine and Geelong.

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Just an hour and half drive away or if you wish to catch the V-line train from Southern Cross which takes approximately the same time. So, after finishing my work on Day 1, I headed straight to the famous Geelong Waterfront claimed to be Australia’s: One of the stunning waterfronts, I was overwhelmed by the massive stretch and meeting the local characters on the boardwalk.

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Geelong Waterfront

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Hop on to the beach and walk all along the waterfront stretch from one end of the City to the other where it connects to the beach. There’s no dearth of good food and drinks, with two major shopping centers. I wasn’t keen in exploring any shopping joints as the view from the restaurants opposite to the waterfront was worth the time.

So I found a cosy café for myself to grab on some munchies and a Beer, treating myself with the Gorgeous view and watching the kids and family having fun on the Promenade.

Be it Swimming promenade, Children’s pool, enclosed sea baths, diving platforms or shopping arena, the waterfront has everything to offer.

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Boardwalk!

Walk up the pier and enjoy the breath-taking views and make sure not to miss the Bay walk Bollards.There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens.

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Walk up the pier and enjoy the breath-taking views and make sure not to miss the Bay walk Bollards.

There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens.I spend the rest of my evening taking a long stroll along the broad walk and grabbing some gelatos from the mobile food trucks!

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If you thought waterfront is the only thing Geelong had to offer, then you might be wrong! No, I am not talking about the botanical gardens nor the beaches, perched a few kilometers away from the Geelong station, the Deakin University Waurn Pond campus, it’s a must visit destination at Geelong.

I stayed at the campus for the next 2 days along with the National Inclusion Cricket Teams across Australia. A massive campus spread across several kilometers, this campus consists of quite a no of ponds and picturesque photo points.

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Deakin University, Waurn Pond

While exploring the campus, i stumbled upon a 150 years old chapel at the other end of the campus.You dont have to be a student to visit this place, drive along the signs to spot a pond or click yourself against a beautiful backdrop, that’s what i did.

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Deakin University, Waurn Pond Campus!

So the next time you plan Geelong with family or whether you travel solo, make sure to visit the Deaking Waurn pond campus and click a selfie with the Bollards.