Order of Australia Association members toured Bendigo yesterday as part of their annual conference.
The group included members from all over Australia, who came to Melbourne on Wednesday for a series of lectures, meetings and historical events.
They spent most of yesterday touring Bendigo, taking in the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Central Deborah Mine, Golden Dragon Museum and Rosalind Park.
Elaine Murphy, chair of the Order of Australia Association Loddon Campaspe region, said the touring members loved their time in Bendigo.
“They’ve found regional people so helpful,” she said.
“Bendigo Bank hosted them for lunch and made them feel very special.
“Country hospitality was evident and wonderful.”
The group was shown around by Jim Evans from the Bendigo Historical Society.
Mr Evans said the group was very impressed by Bendigo's historic sights.
"They thought it was terrific," he said.
"They were thrilled."
The Order of Australia was instituted by Her Majesty The Queen on February 14 1975 as "an Australian society of honour for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service".
The Order of Australia Association is a separate identity made up of recipients of the awards.