Break a sweat in Bendigo

 

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They say that summer bodies are made in winter! We put together a list of our top five  gyms in Bendigo. We chose these based on the support received from trainers, the variety of classes on offer and the features that make these gyms’ stand out from the rest.

 Z Fit Studios

100 Hattam Street

Here you will find one of the most welcoming, fun and supportive environments in Bendigo. We understand that joining a gym and working out can be intimating, however the team at Z Fit accommodate for every age, fitness and skill level. They have a wide range of work out options available including dance, pole, fitness and wellbeing classes. They have just launched a new class called BunZee Fitness which incorporates bungee ropes into your workout – woohoo!

Snap Fitness                                

71/73 Williamson Street

Snap Fitness has an enormous range of weight machines, free weights, cardio equipment and awesome trainers who are on hand to help out whenever you need. With 24-hour member access to all Snap Fitness gyms, this is perfect for those of us who have busy lifestyles or like to travel. They have a wide range of group classes and the gym itself is huge- making it easy to exercise in your own time and at your own level.

Fernwood

1/358 Hargreaves Street

Fernwood is specifically a gym for women. With lots of gyms having a male oriented membership base, it can often be a difficult environment for women to feel comfortable in. Fernwood provides services that are super helpful to women including pre and post natal classes and supervised child play. With state of the art equipment, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour member access, this gym is perfect for all of you ladies who are keen to get fit. 

F45 Training

367 Hargreaves Street

F45 will leave you gasping for air after each and every workout. Regular 8 week challenges include daily meal plans and recipes, daily tracking and will provide you with the knowledge to ensure that you see the results. The ‘F’ stands for functional, meaning no program is ever repeated and each workout is completely unique.

3T Fitness

Multiple locations in Bendigo

With an enormous range of classes including boxing, swimming, running, yoga and boot camp, as well as personal training, you can easily figure out what’s right for you. Professional athlete, ex-military trainer and 3T trainer Sophie has a huge passion in all things health and fitness and her commitment and energy is infectious! 3T is super affordable with $10 casual visits, and group passes paid per session or by the week so that you can sweat it out whenever you like.

 

Now you’ve got all the knowledge you need, lets get cracking on that summer bod! Let us know what your favourite gym is and why.

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Food with a view

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The cooler weather has well and truly begun to kick in! As the colder months see us enjoying our Sunday brunch surrounded by four walls, we have put together a collection of the restaurants and cafés in Bendigo with a great view-so you can admire the outdoors from the comfort of the indoors.

Gallery Café

42 View Street, Bendigo

With a view of the beautiful Rosalind Park, the Galley Café is not to be missed. A feature is its many glass windows, which make up the entire wall on the Rosalind Park side of the Gallery. With its convenient location, what better way to explore one of the largest and oldest regional galleries in Australia than with a delicious breakfast and lovely view.

The Dispensary Bar & Diner

9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo

This cosy space popped into our list due to its location in the intimate Chancery Lane. The view inside The Dispensary features walls lined with a huge selection of wine. Nothing like a delightful dish with an accompanying wine to warm you up! From the restaurant, the view outside becomes magical when dusk hits and fairy lights laced along Chancery Lane come to life.

Yard Bird Bar & Kitchen

Corner of Pall Mall and Williamson Street, Bendigo

Located above the Hotel Shamrock, Yard Bird looks out over Pall Mall and across to the Historic Post Office and Rosalind Park. The balcony allows visitors to soak up the wonderful scenery, and during the cooler weather the heating is cranked up and the balcony completely sealed off providing a cosy atmosphere with a beautiful view.

The Boardwalk Bendigo

28 Nolan Street, Bendigo

Offering “one of the most breath-taking views in Central Victoria”, The Boardwalk does not disappoint. Situated right on the edge of Lake Weeroona, this café provides its visitors with an impressive sight. Surrounded by lush green grass and the shimmering lake, visitors are carried away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and can relax and take it all in.

Balgownie Estate

46 Hermitage Road, Bendigo

Visit one of the pioneers in commercial winemaking in Bendigo that first began planting grapevines in 1962. Relax amongst the vines with a glass (or a few) of local wine. Balgownie Estate provides the opportunity for guests to wine or dine, overlooking the magnificent views of the Bendigo vineyards.

Let us know your favourite restaurant or cafe with a view, we are always looking for new places to try!

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Bendigo’s Hidden Gems

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Bendigo is a treasure trove full of hidden gems. Here are just some of them… we didn’t want to give away all our secrets!

Café El Beso

87 View St, Bendigo

A quaint café hiding along View Street, with a quirky interior, paintings and books lining the walls, this café feels like a home away from home. Located in the centre of Bendigo’s arts precinct, Café El Beso provides a warm, cosy atmosphere that allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle and watch the world go by.

 

The Old Church on the Hill

Cnr Harkness and Russell St, Quarry Hill

A cosy space decked out with comfy chairs and couches, the welcoming atmosphere of the old church provides the perfect meeting place for old and new friends alike. Take part in a number of activities including yoga, cooking workshops, craft groups or dancing classes, or head along to check out some great local talent on live music nights.

 

The Harcourt Oak Forest

Located a short 30-minute drive from Bendigo, the Harcourt Oak Forest does not disappoint. Immerse yourself in the beautiful green leaves and go on an adventure underneath the tall Oaks; some that have been growing and flourishing since their plantation in 1900! Initially planted for the use of their acorns for the local tanning industry, the Oak Forest now provides a beautiful backdrop for the perfect picnic or camping trip.

 

Flight Bar

8 Centreway Arcade, Bendigo

“Come for the beer, stay for the chicken”. Founded in 2016, Flight Bar is often discovered by word of mouth amongst those looking for reasonably priced, delicious food and drink. A bar surrounded by sports stores, barber shops and baby wear does not usually come to mind when considering your options to enjoy a diverse selection of craft beer, however the food, friendly staff and of course the beer, do not disappoint.

 

Bob Boutique

17 Williamson St, Bendigo

Hidden away beside the Shamrock Hotel, Bob Boutique is the perfect place to go to buy cute gifts or to treat yourself with locally made products. Specialising in all things quirky, here you can find cards, stationary, clothing, jewellery and bags just to name a few. Chock-full of cute little nic nacs all created by local designers and artists, with the opportunity to have products custom made just for you, make Bob your next stop shop.

 

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Fiddler on the Roof – an unmissable classic

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In a few weeks’ time the BTC will present the timeless classic of Fiddler on the Roof. You will be whisked away to 1905 Imperial Russia, to a time where life was as precarious as the perch of a Fiddler on a roof.

Set in the early 1900s, Jewish man Tevye is struggling with fast changing social movements that are threatening his tradition, and is forced to choose between holding onto the traditions of his culture and his daughter’s happiness.

One of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway and winning nine Tony Awards, Fiddler on the Roof was one of the first musicals to touch on issues such as poverty, persecution and holding onto one’s beliefs, often leaving audiences crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

“Denton Arthur has returned to Bendigo and will wow us again on stage playing the lead role of Tevye; he will make you cry and make you laugh.”
Bevan Madden, director of the Fiddler on the Roof for the Bendigo Theatre Company

From the Golden Age of musicals, Fiddler on the Roof features a number of well-known songs such as Matchmaker, If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset. The Bendigo Theatre Company will stage this beautifully written musical with a live orchestra.

A little birdy told me that the BTC’s performance will be absolutely unmissable… so pull on your winter woollies, get off the couch and come and support local theatre!

What you need to know:

  • running from 5-8 July with matinee and evening shows
  • held at the Ulumbarra Theatre
  • performances for one weekend only

Get your tickets now from: www.thecapital.com.au/Whats_On/Fiddler_on_the_Roof

For more info: bendigotheatrecompany.org

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Women of Wit – Stand-up comedy night

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It’s finally here! An all-female line-up of comedians. Some of the best on the Australian circuit team up with Bendigo’s finest women of wit for what is going to be a stellar night of comedy.

Cath Styles, comedy goddess trapped in the body of an ordinary women, with festival shows Shift and Accidental Cougar, will MC the night.

Danielle Walker, winner of the National Raw Comedy Final in 2016, and winner of Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 will feature.

Headliner, Kirsty Webeck is “…relaxed and affable…” (Squirrel Comedy), “Honestly, this is must watch comedy.” (Funny Tonne), and Kirsty is a firm fan favourite of Bendigo gigs and is returning for this big night. Joined by Gamze Kirik, a Melbourne comedian on the rise, Tara Trewhella and Jade Fitzgerald from Albury, and Bendigo’s Simone Amohanga. We’re also using this night to invite new female comedians to take to the stage.

There are two five minute spots available to newcomers. Anyone interested in performing are encouraged to contact the organisers via email to bendigocomedy@gmail.com

8pm, Saturday 23 June 2018
The Engine Room
Tickets: http://www.thecapital.com.au/Whats_On/Women_of_Wit

The night is supported by the City of Greater Bendigo Grants Program, and it is going to be a bonanza of laughs, with doors open at 6pm and a bar operated by Bendigo Beer, supported by Two Birds Brewery.

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Colours of Silence

Art Exhibition Fundraiser for Refugees
11am, 5pm, Saturday 7th April

Drew Lawson returns with his bi-annual art exhibition. Each year the local community of Bendigo (and beyond) are welcomed into the studio on the edge of the Whipstick Forest to celebrate and take in all that each instalment of the exhibition provides. Throughout the day light refreshments will be provided, while all funds raised will be used for the care of refugees.

All paintings arise from, and add to, Lawson’s daily practice of meditation. This vision for the exhibition is that each image is a door onto the viewers own meditations. Which is emphasised by a few images having a coloured door central to the image.

This exhibition comprises a series of paintings in oil and acrylic.

Part of the exhibition will be an array of paintings on A3 paper which have been painted over poems Lawson thought were finished, but were not. In many of the images words can be seen, perhaps all the words, perhaps only one word, and for other images no words are visible but they all have the sense of a page from a book.

The array on A3 paper will be in the upper room and visitors are encouraged to sit on a chair and take some time for personal reflection if they find a particular image, or images, that speak to them.

All images are for sale. Entry by gold coin donation

Lawson’s studio is at
169 Eaglehawk-Neilborough Road, Eaglehawk
9km from the central Bendigo Post Office

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Barnum – presented by BTC Youth Theatre

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The show retells the story of American Showman P.T Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous travelling Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The performance features acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking and great singing and dancing numbers.

Suitable for all – aged from 2 to 102!

Opening night is Thursday 28 September for 8 shows.

Tickets Adults $20  |  Concession $15  |  Student/child $12  |  Tickets on sale now

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Markets this Weekend in Bendigo

It’s market heaven this weekend, with The Creators Market on Saturday and Trove Market on Sunday.

The Creators Market
10am – 3pm, Saturday 16 September 2017
Bendigo Town Hall, 189 – 193 Hargreaves Street

Trove Makers’ Market
10am – 2pm, Sunday 17 September 2017
The Good Loaf, 404 Hargreaves Street

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The Creators Market back in Bendigo

On Saturday 16 September 2017, The Creators Market will return to Bendigo Town Hall for one day only. For the last time until next year, the boutique design market will bring together some of the region’s most talented artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators.
Over the last three years, this popular market has supported a huge range of Victorian producers with specialty market events taking place around Victoria. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone with nearly 40 stall holders selling handmade items. The best part, it’s also FREE to attend.

“The markets we hold are boutique and the venues typically accommodate roughly 40 exhibitors at each market. This means the market books out in just a few hours after applications open. However, we’re rather particular about ensuring there’s a great variety of products and great quality products available so we limit the number of stall holders per category to make sure it’s not saturated with similar products” said event director, Megan Luscombe.

 

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Everybody Loves Pizza

The Woodhouse Pizza

Slow-cooked Woodfired Lamb Pizza from
The Woodhouse.
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Where to go for your pizza fix? Here are the places that were recommended to us:

Nelsons Pizza 5442 3888
42 Eaglehawk Road
Trav’s pick is the Pepperoni. You can order online and they deliver.
Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm, Thursday & Sunday 11am-9pm. Closed Monday.

Say Cheese Pizza 5406 0177
Shop 5/113 Mollison Street
Lauren tells us the pizza here is excellent.
Tuesday – Sunday, 5pm-midnight

Crust Gourmet Pizza 5441 7222
99 Mitchell Street
The Moroccan Lamb (from the Upper Crust menu) is highly recommended. They deliver and you can also order online.
Monday – Thursday 5pm -9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Sat 4pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm

JoJoes 5441 4471
4 High Street
Lauren is a massive fan of their Chicken Tropicana, Aussie (with egg), and Moroccan Spiced Pumpkin.
You can dine in, take away (from midday), or order home delivery from 5:30pm.

Sally’s Pizza 5447 2266
35 Olympic Parade, Kangaroo Flat
One size, one price: $9.90 each. Extras $1 and specials available.
Sunday – Thursday 5pm-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-9pm. 

The Woodhouse 5443 8671
101 Williamson Street
Fancy pizza cooked their woodfired oven. Awesome. The Queensland tiger prawn is highly recommended, as well as the Portobello mushroom with tomato, thyme, black truffle & taleggio.
Eat in only. No delivery.
Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – Late. Saturday: 12pm – Late. Closed Sundays & Mondays.

If you have your own recommendations, opening times or any other info, please let us know.

Updated 3 July 2018

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Reusable Coffee Cups – Bendigo

Until recently, we all thought that our takeaway coffee cups were recyclable – but thanks to Craig from the War on Waste, we found out this isn’t true! Coffee cups have a plastic lining, so they can’t be recycled in Australia, except Biocups – which can be put in your organics bin (see list below for those cafes that stock biocups).
18768264_1590111624376333_1631351350324388789_oA number of Bendigo cafes offer a discount for bringing in your CLEAN reusable cup:

$1 discount if you bring your clean reusable cup:

  • Crooked Kitchen 3/287 Lyttleton Terrace

80c discount if you bring your clean reusable cup:

  • Everbean Cafe 22 Williamson Street

50c discount if you bring your clean reusable cup:

  • The Anxious Goat 380 Hargreaves Street
  • Bendigo Foodstore 40 Strickland Road
  • Loaded Plate 521 Napier Street
  • Mother Bean Mobile Coffee Trailer in Central Victoria
  • Mr Grimsby 2/35 Wills Street
  • Old Green Bean 179 Lyttleton Terrace
  • RedWell Cafe Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street
  • Sim’r 236 Hargreaves Street
  • Vahland’s Bistro Bendigo TAFE, Hargreaves Street
  • Wholefoods Kitchen 314 Lyttleton Terrace

Other deals, if you bring your own clean reusable cup:

  • Brougham Arms 150 Williamson Street20c discount if you BYO cup
  • Cafe El Beso 87 View Street Get your 8th coffee free
  • Coffee Man at Lake Weeroona – $3 in your own cup
  • El Gordo Chancery Lane – they offer a discount, but we’re not sure how much
  • Ex Lion Tamer 143 Mollison Street –  they offer prepaid coffee cards at $50/$70 for 20 x regular (8oz)/large (12oz) coffees.
  • Hoo-gah (Fountain Court, Mitchell Street) offers a 10% discount
  • Sweeney’s La Trobe University – they offer a large refill for the price of a regular
  • The Coffee Box Bendigo Hospital – they only charge you for a small coffee

You can purchase NEW reusable cups from these cafes:

  • Bendigo Wholefoods 314 Lyttleton Terrace (various – bamboo, stainless steel & glass too)
  • Everbean Cafe 22 Williamson Street (BioCup 12oz (M) $9.80)
  • Get Naked Espresso Mitchell Street & View Street (Frank Green)
  • Hoo-gah Fountain Court, Mitchell Street (KeepCup) and get your first coffee free
  • Mr Grimsby 2/35 Wills Street – own brand
  • Old Green Bean 179 Lyttleton Terrace (KeepCup)
  • Percy and Percy Cnr Hargreaves & Baxter Streets (Joco)
  • Sim’r 236 Hargreaves Street (Joco)

This post from Choice and this from carsales may help with your reusable cup purchase decision making.

as well as these fabulous, locally-owned stores:

  • Gathered 79 View Street (Frank Green)
  • Hunt Gather Grow 291 Lyttleton Terrace (Kleen Kanteen)
  • Living Quarters 108 Lowndes Street (Cheeki)
  • Mad Hatters Tea Shop Bath Lane (various, including the Mighty Mug)

 

4oz_biocup_kraft_4BioCup (or recyclable) takeaway coffee cups are also used at the following cafes:

  • Bendigo Corner Store Cafe 305 View Street
  • Cafe Essence 53 Bull Street
  • Harvest 55 View Street
  • Spring Gully General Store 134 Spring Gully Road
  • Wholefoods Kitchen 314 Lyttleton Terrace

#waronwasteAU #BYOCoffeeCup #Bendigo

 

 

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