The Bendigo Advertiser is proud to present the autumn edition of Out & About.
Autumn in Bendigo always means the Easter Fair and the Chinese dragon making his annual appearance on our streets. Alas, in post COVID-19, the parade has been cancelled and you will need a more personal visit to the Chinese Museum.
So you can still say happy Easter to our new dragon, Dai Gum Loong the longest dragon at 125 m (410 ft), in the world, and know there are still many more fabulous sights to see and things to do.
We have given you a teaser on some of the best local icons and the stories behind them; they are world renowned and continue to help 'brand' Bendigo to this day.
As a recognised UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, we also take the opportunity to showcase some of the coolest spots to shop, eat and explore, reflecting the diverse range of specialty stores, and the flavours produced by the region's accomplished chefs and winemakers.
For a comprehensive look at all the treasures you can unearth and visit in the region, check out our online magazine here.
Swap Meets abound during this time of the year, and if you're into vintage and collectables, make sure you visit the Antiques & Collectables Centre at Bendigo Pottery. There is so much to see and do at this iconic destination, that you need to set aside a good few hours to take it all in. And entry is free!
Bendigo has some spectacular eateries, and with our balmy autumn weather, there's no better place to plan an alfresco meal.
We're talking dining with picturesque views, from great heights, in hidden laneways and at street level amongst the action. Seriously, is there really any better way to spend our time than hanging out with family and friends, sharing a drink or a meal? No way! We're so lucky to have so many great dining options in some pretty cool spaces throughout Bendigo.
Check out some of the magic dining options you can play with this autumn, tried and tested by locals in the know.
Bendigo is dotted with heritage buildings adorning beautiful balconies. You'll find some of the city's best views of the CBD and most iconic buildings from these balconies. Come and spy out these views as quite often they're accompanied with live music on weekends and pink sunset skies.
Or if you're looking for a top spot to eat brunch or have a coffee, look no further than local favourite, Cafe Essence, yum!
Colourful gardens and courtyards are a beautiful option when it comes to alfresco dining and an all-time favourite amongst many. Bendigo has a great variety of restaurants, cafes and eateries offering great outdoor spaces, we're really spoilt for choice.
And for those chasing a fresh spin on courtyard alfresco dining, check out Ms Batterhams for a great atmosphere, their all new Spritz Garden and lazy Sunday sessions.
Well, rooftop dining is still new to Bendigo's dining scene, but its popularity is rising and fast. Sitting proudly atop Bendigo's skyline, Nimbus Rooftop is a unique cocktail bar with mouth watering food and stunning views of Sacred Heart Cathedral, the old Post Office Building and beyond. If you're looking to impress this is certainly the place to do it and you won't be disappointed!
And for those of you that are passionate about local, fresh, green foods, look no further than Wholefoods Kitchen who offer a tasty alternative full of flavour and health conscious options in the laneway under the umbrellas or in their lush nursery space.
Historical venue dining
Be welcomed by the lyrical sound of the harpist as you enter the beautiful Fortuna Villa. Traditional High Tea is served with a selection of delicious cakes, scones, sandwiches and savoury treats with High Tea with Harriet Teas or Barista Veneziano Coffee or a glass of something sparkling.
Then enjoy a roaming tour of the Villa and finish your experience with a glass of bubbles, beer or wine and savoury treats.
The tea and tour takes about 2.5 hours, and there are a few things to remember, apart from you squeezing in a date and time to suit. More information here at bendigoregion.com.au/explore-bendigo/whatson/fortuna-villa-high-tea-and-tours-2021.
This is also the perfect time of year to visit our many parks, so prepare the provisions, head for one of our many shady parks, stretch out on a blanket and make a day of it.
Amid the warm afternoons and crisp mornings - there is so much to enjoy in and around Bendigo.