Roam Bendigo for free

ACTIVITIES: Evonne Oxenham (front), Ian Johnson and Zoe Boyd pan for gold at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Heritage Unwrapped is about thanking the community for supporting the city's heritage. Picture: NONI HYETT

ACTIVITIES: Evonne Oxenham (front), Ian Johnson and Zoe Boyd pan for gold at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Heritage Unwrapped is about thanking the community for supporting the city's heritage. Picture: NONI HYETT

Heritage tourist attractions Joss House Temple and Bendigo Tramways will open their doors for free on Sunday.

The free entry is part of Bendigo Heritage Attractions’ Heritage Unwrapped event.

It is hosting a day full of celebrations to thank the community for its ongoing support and dedication toward preserving the city’s heritage.

“This is a great opportunity for local residents who haven’t had the chance to explore our city’s heritage attractions to seize the moment and discover how Bendigo came to be the iconic destination that it is today,” Bendigo Heritage Attractions chief executive Peter Abbott said.

Visitors to Bendigo Tramways and the Bendigo Joss House Temple will be able to enjoy the Vintage Talking Tram, tour the depot and workshop, Joss House and the woollen mill for free.

There will also be performances by the Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team, a pop up bar, tea tastings, face painting, a story tram, live music, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations and craft activities.

Across town the surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine will be a hive of activity with gold pour demonstrations, gold panning and cage rides available for a small fee.

Traditional games, balloon art, Christmas crafts and a visit by Santa Clause are also planned at the mine.

Sunday will also mark the 43rd anniversary of the Vintage Talking Tram Tour.

Trams will be departing every 20 minutes and will include some unique trams that don’t often grace the tracks of Bendigo.

“We are encouraging all visitors to park their cars at Central Deborah Gold Mine, Lake Weeroona or at the Bendigo Joss House Temple and step aboard a free tram to access the activities across each site,” Mr Abbott said.

“We have some of the state’s best attractions in our own backyard, with Bendigo Tramways and Central Deborah Gold Mine both being inducted into the Tourism Awards hall of fame as leaders in cultural tourism.

“We hope that the community will take this opportunity to come along and enjoy Bendigo’s unique heritage.”

More information and the full schedule of events can be downloaded from www.bendigoheritage.com.au.

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