Quality Inn Colonial
483 High Street -- Calder Hwy
Bendigo, VI 3555
Phone: (61) 3 54470122
Fax: (61) 3 54479529
One of the bigger cities in Victoria, Bendigo is located at 150 kilometers (93 miles) to the north west of Melbourne. Some of the main attractions in the city are Rosalind Park, Bendigo Art Gallery, Sacred Heart Cathedral, one of the city's tallest structures, the Queen Elizabeth Oval, and many more.
The Bendigo Bowls Club is primarily a local bowling club that hosts tournaments during the year. However, apart from being a bowling facility, it also offers its premises for hire for various events such as weddings and birthday parties, products fairs and business seminars.
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is one of the largest stupas in the world and is home to the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. The Buddha statue made of pure jade is a replica of the Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi Temple of Gaya. Weighing four tonnes, the 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall statue was blessed by the Dalai Lama. The stupa houses relics and statues of the Buddha. The large gardens surrounding the structure offer peace and respite to the tourists that flock here annually.
Castlemaine dates from Victoria's thriving gold rush days. The town's sandstone buildings are steeped in history and include the Powder Museum, monument to explorers Burke and Wills, the Old Castlemaine Gaol and many fine galleries. The magnificent architecture of the Castlemaine Market (now a gold rush museum) is a showpiece of the town's once-prosperous status. Stroll around Lake Joanna to Barkers Creek, the site of the first gold find in Victoria. Or try some traditional Castlemaine Rock candy. First made in 1853 and popular with the gold diggers, its recipe is still a closely-guarded family secret.