Located close to the geographical centre of Victoria (about 90 minutes drive from Melbourne) is the city of Bendigo. Its name came from the Bendigo River, which is just one of a number of waterways in the region.
The region is a popular tourist destination, particularly amongst heritage and cultural enthusiasts. Families, school groups and business people are also known to travel throughout the area quite extensively.
The city is renowned for the discovery of gold during the 1850s, which brought an influx of migrants to the area. Around 25 million ounces of gold have been extracted from the mines, making it the highest producing Australian goldfield in the 19th century. Many buildings from the gold rush era still remain, as do some of the mines (such as the Central Deborah Gold Mine).
Tourists can also expect quite a rich events culture – the National Swap Meet, Groovin’ the Moo, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, the Easter Festival and Festival of Light are some of the more popular events held throughout the year. Be warned that you will need to book cheap accommodation in Bendigo early should you wish to travel during these peak times!
There is a range of motor lodge, apartment, motor inn and motel accommodation in Bendigo. Whether you’re simply passing through for the night or are planning to stay for a week, your every need will surely be met.
We are committed to helping you find the perfect hotel in Bendigo, whether you are travelling with the family or are in the area on business. Being comfortable and feeling welcomed are important to us at ARRA Hotels.
Our budget motels in Bendigo have been decked out with a variety of amenities that are designed to make your stay more enjoyable, from heated swimming pools and BBQ facilities to a guest laundry and wireless internet.
Getting to the city from Melbourne now only takes an easy 90 minute drive on the new and improved Calder Freeway. Choosing hotels in Bendigo will also put you within a short distance of other popular towns in the area – Castlemaine is 30 minutes away, Daylesford an hour and Echuca is around 70 minutes away.
It only takes around 90 minutes to travel to the city by train – V/Line currently offers 20 services per day on weekdays, 15 services on Saturdays and 12 services on Sundays. The station is only a few minutes walk from the CBD.
Bus services also operate throughout the region, and guests of budget motels in Bendigo are invited to jump on the Talking Trams tour (which runs daily). Taxis are also available, should you wish to travel at your own pace.
The good news is that there are plenty of attractions to keep you (and the kids) amused when choosing motel accommodation in Bendigo. No matter where your interests lie, there is always something to see and do.
Some of the attractions that every tourist should take the time to visit include: Ulumbarra Theatre (built on the grounds of the old Sandhurst Gaol), the Vintage Talking Tram tour, the Discovery Science & Technology Centre, the Victorian Goldfields Railway, and Bendigo Water World.
The nearby bushlands and waterways are also popular amongst guests of hotels in Bendigo. Walk through the National Park, picnic by one of the many lakes, play a few holes at the 5 golf courses or stroll through the various gardens.
If your reason for choosing cheap accommodation in Bendigo is to immerse yourself in the history of the area, you should definitely take a tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine and pay your respects at the Soldier’s Memorial Museum. The whole city is rich in historical and cultural attractions.
Did you know that Bendigo was the first to be recognised as a Child Friendly City by both UNICEF AND UNESCO? We have over 100 playgrounds (including the southern hemisphere’s tallest vertical slide) and many other attractions to enjoy.
From fine dining restaurants, cosy little cafes, rowdy pubs and spectacular wineries, there are plenty of places to enjoy a meal. Your hotel in Bendigo may also offer cooking facilities if you would prefer to prepare your own food.
There are plenty of reasons why you might choose to visit Bendigo – the region has a long gold rush history, a number of popular events are held there each year.
Although travelling solo can seem a little daunting at first, many people love travelling alone and getting to spend their time away exactly as they wish.