Bendigo is located in the centre of Victoria about 150 km north of Melbourne. Like Ballarat, Victoria (which we also have a City Spotlight on), it was a boomtown of the Victorian era gold rush. The city has a population just over 100,000 and is the 4th largest inland city in Australia. It is one of the only non-capital cities to have a large financial district and is home to the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank as well as the Bendigo Stock Exchange. With the rich history and present day financial district, the city is an interesting and eclectic blend of old and new.
Bendigo, VIC Photo Credit: Google Maps
View of central Bendigo and eastern suburbs from Camp Hill Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Hiring a Moving Van for Bendigo, Victoria
Bendigo Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
You can hire a moving truck in Bendigo and our Budget location. We have many size moving vans and trucks to accommodate your needs. Even if you just need a truck for moving equipment, business needs, or a 4WD for your next holiday trek to the mountains, we have got you covered. Check out our website for moving deals and we can also help you with moving supplies and moving tips too. If you are moving from a different state, look for one way deals. If you are moving within the state, check out weekday, weekend, overnight, and hourly special pricing as well.
Living in Bendigo
Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo’s Main Shopping Area Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Shamrock Hotel (Rebuilt in 1897) Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Alexandra Fountain Photo credit: Wikipedia
The main industries in Bendigo are manufacturing, construction, retail, health, education, and finance, property and business services. There are 12 primary schools, 5 secondary schools, and 2 university of TAFE campuses. Bendigo and its outlying suburbs are in the Greater Bendigo City Council area. Hargreaves Mall is Bendigo’s main shopping area. It is on Hargreaves Street, which is near Pall Mall which is street that is a focal point of the city centre. On the southern end is the Alexandra Fountain, built in 1881. There are a number of historic locations along this street too, including the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre, which was originally the old post office that was built between 1883 and 1887. The law courts are next to that and the famous Shamrock hotel was built in 1897. The entire shopping precinct includes Pall Mall, Hargreaves Street, Queen Street, Williamson Street and Mitchell Street, which is beautifully lined with trees. Bendigo is in a fertile valley and as a result, the city is filled with many trees and greenery all around. There are several reserves nearby and bushland surrounding the city and suburbs. Many refer to Bendigo as a city within a forest.
Landmarks and Cultural Locations in Bendigo
Sun Looong, the world’s longest Imperial dragon and a major drawcard of Bendigo’s Easter Festival procession. Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Sacred Heart Cathedral Photo Credit: “Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo November 2011” by Xxplosiv – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
There are a variety of cultural locales within the city where you can explore gardens, museums, or galleries. Other landmarks and notable attractions in the city include the Sacred heart Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the southern hemisphere and the Golden Dragon Museum which represents the city’s long history with Chinese culture and people.
Sports in Bendigo
The Queen Elizabeth Oval field Photo Credit: “Queen Elizabeth Oval Bendigo VIC” by Mcpickman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons
If you are into sports, Bendigo will be a great move for you because of the large variety of organised sporting events and teams that call the city home. Cricket and Australian rules football are the most popular sports in this city. The Queen Elizabeth Oval or QEO hosts both team sports. The Bendigo Football League is a strong local Australian rules football competition. The Bendigo and District Cricket Association controls 10 senior cricket clubs in the area, the Bendigo Cup, a horse racing competition takes place in Bendigo and there is a well-known international cycling event here each year called the Bendigo Madison. Running, tennis, swimming, soccer, rugby, hockey volleyball, lacrosse, snooker, and basketball are all popular here.
Bendigo Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Bendigo has an oceanic climate that is dry and mild with cool to cold winters. Average high temperatures in the summer are 27 °C to 29°C. The average low temperatures in winter are 2°C to 3°C. Snow is almost unheard of but winter frosts are common. The average precipitation is 509mm and an average of 107 rainy days per year.
Tips for Moving to any City in Australia
These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.
- Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
- Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
- Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
- Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
- If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
- Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
- Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
- Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
- Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
- Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.
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