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  • Bendigo is a large regional city with lots to do and see
  • Study at La Trobe University or Bendigo TAFE
  • Chinese heritage in Bendigo

Bendigo is a large regional city that offers a relaxed lifestyle. It is home to La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus and Bendigo TAFE. Bendigo has a proud, rich Chinese history.

Bendigo was the centre of gold rush activity in the 1880s and is now Victoria's third biggest town with around 100,000 residents. It is proud of its goldmining history and celebrates this with museums and other tourist activities.

The city also has many gardens and bush walking tracks along with a variety of shops, galleries and cafes for you to enjoy.

Find out more about living in Bendigo on the VisitBendigo website

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Study in Bendigo

La Trobe University - Bendigo campus

The Bendigo campus of La Trobe University offers undergraduate and postgraduate study. Some of the courses offered at the Bendigo campus are unique to the campus. Consider the Bendigo campus for health sciences, education and visual arts.

Bendigo is a small campus with a relaxed lifestyle and a friendly, inclusive student community.

The Bendigo Student Association is a good place to find out about the student community in Bendigo.

Bendigo TAFE

Bendigo TAFE is a diverse community and offers international students an exciting range of practical and industry-relevant courses. Whether you are preparing for further studies, upgrading existing skills or entering the workforce, Bendigo TAFE has you covered.

There are two Bendigo TAFE campuses in Bendigo - Bendigo City and Charleston Road.

Designated staff help international students meet their education and training needs, with customised study tours, consultancy services, and student mobility and transnational programs. A range of resources and support services are also available.

Dedicated specialist facilities provide vibrant and modern learning spaces. The Health and Community Centre of Excellence at the Bendigo City Campus is home to all children’s services training and includes state of the art simulation labs. The Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence at the Charleston Road Campus has purpose-built agriculture, animal studies, horticulture and farming training centres.

Bendigo is a great place to live and study. This large regional city is Victoria’s third biggest town with 100,000 residents. If offers a relaxed lifestyle and is only 90 minutes (160km) from Melbourne. It has a rich Chinese history due to the Gold Rush activity in the 1880s and proudly celebrates this in its numerous museums and other tourist activities.

Bendigo also has many picturesque gardens and bushwalking tracks, plus a variety of shops, galleries and cafes. With wide tree-lined streets, opulent buildings and monuments, Bendigo offers a rich heritage and exciting future for international students.

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Getting there

Bendigo is a two hour drive from Melbourne.

Search for Bendigo on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website to see more about getting to Bendigo by train or bus.

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Chinese heritage in Bendigo

In the 1850s, the gold rush in Bendigo attracted many Chinese people to the area to mine for gold.

The Golden Dragon museum celebrates Chinese heritage with a colourful display of Chinese symbolism, social history, goldfield history and Chinese dragons.

The museum is open every day except for Christmas day and offers tours in English and Mandarin.