The Easter long weekend is fast approaching us and everyone celebrates it in different ways. In the Victorian town of Bendigo, the weekend serves as a reminder and a celebrations of Chinese culture, on the once small mining town.
The Bendigo Easter Festival has been running since 1871 from Good Friday till Easter Monday. The awakening of the dragon is one of these events. It occurs on Easter Saturday each year in the towns Chinese gardens where dancing lions, music and firecrackers are used to awaken the famous Sun Lung, the longest imperial dragon in the southern hemisphere. Sun Lung appears again as the finale of Monday’s Easter procession and is a must see. Easter Saturday evening, a torch light procession through town gives thanks to the local community. Glow sticks, bright floats and fire engines weave through the streets and the parade ends with a display of fire works. The atmosphere at the torch light procession is amazing and the kids will love it!
During the day, local café and restaurant area, Bull St is dedicated to eating great food, drinking wine and listening to some amazing live music. With bands starting at two, and running till nine, the area offers a great space for relaxing with friends! Photography exhibitions, craft stores, golf competitions, the carnival and kids entertainment are only the tip of the ice burg at this years Easter festival, so make sure you check out what other events are running!
How to get there
Bendigo is an hour and half drive from Melbourne CBD. The easiest route is via the Calder highway, which runs straight to the towns centre!
When planning a weekend trip this Easter in Melbourne, not having your own car isn’t a problem. Just look for a car hire Melbourne service that offers affordable options, and you should be good to go.