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About the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair

What is the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair?

Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Fair is one of Australia’s longest running community events, which was due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. Following a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, the event will make a highly anticipated return in 2022 to celebrate 150th Bendigo Easter Fair. 

To recognise the significance of the 150th anniversary, it is only fitting that the celebrations be extended to a one-off four day program in 2022.

Over the four-day Easter long weekend, Bendigo’s beautiful Rosalind Park and surrounding streets will be transformed into a vibrant precinct bursting with family-friendly entertainment, stage shows, hands-on activities, live music, roving performers an Easter egg hunt and more! 

Experience the thrills of Bendigo TAFE Carnival Central, find a treasure at the Rotary Market, and marvel at the extraordinary entertainers wandering through picturesque Rosalind Park. 

Dance, drums, Lion teams and 100,000 crackers are all part of the 喜庆 XĬQÌNG – A Joyus Celeration and Awakening of the Dragon, as Bendigo celebrates its Chinese heritage at the Dai Gum San Precinct. 

As the sun sets on Easter Sunday, find your place along the road to cheer on the convoy of illuminated floats in the Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over the city. 

The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair will culminate when thousands of people line the streets on Easter Monday to watch the gorgeous display of colour in the iconic Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Experience the excitement as Bendigo’s newest Dragon Dai Gum Loong (the world’s longest Imperial Dragon!), weaves his way through the historic streetscapes of Bendigo in his first solo parade outing. 

The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair is filled with fun and excitement the whole family will enjoy, and after visiting this annual event it is sure to become your family’s Easter tradition!  

When is the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair?

The Bendigo Easter Fair is held annually over the Easter Long Weekend.

The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair will be held Good Friday April 15 – Easter Monday April 18, 2022

Where will the Festival be held, exactly?

The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair is held throughout the Bendigo CBD. Key locations are Rosalind Park, Easter Fair Way (Bridge Street) and Park Road, Dai Gum San, Bull Street, Sidney Myer Place, William Vahland Place, and Mundy Street.

View event map

Is the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair free?

The majority of activities held during the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair are free to visitors, however there are some activities that have a cost associated (i.e. the amusement rides in Carnival Central, CFA Kids Amusement Rides, Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt).

Who can I ask for information during the event?

During the festival there are a number of ways to find information:

  • Event information will be available from the information tent, located in the centre of Rosalind Park near the Rotunda
  • Our friendly staff at the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre in Pall Mall can help you event information, as well as general information on visiting the Bendigo region.  
  • Program information is available on our website.
  • The Bendigo Easter Festival Facebook page
What do I do if my child is lost?

If you become separated from your child, please go directly to the lost children tent located in near the rotunda in Rosalind Park, and request assistance. All lost children presented to festival staff will be taken to the first aid / lost children tent. You can also ask event staff or security staff for assistance.

Wrist bands will be available at the Bendigo Visitor Centre and the lost children tent. These can be used to ensure your child has the name and mobile number of their parent/guardian with them at all times. This is very helpful for young children who are not able to verbalise these details, and makes for a quicker reunion. 

Can I smoke at the fair?

Please be respectful of others and move outside the event precinct and away from crowded areas to smoke. This includes the parade route.

Can I bring my dog to the fair?

Pets are not permitted within the festival precinct. However assistance animals are permitted. 

About the program

Is there an official program guide?

Yes! A PDF of the program is available to view, download or print here.

When and where are the parades?

Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession

When: Easter Sunday April 17, 2022 at 7pm
Where: The parade route follows View St, Pall Mall, McCrae St, and Bridge St view event map
 

Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade

When: Easter Monday April 18, 2022 at 12.30pm
Where: The parade route follows View St, Pall Mall, McCrae St, and Bridge St view event map

Accessible viewing area will be designated for both parades - see accessibility section

 

When and where are the fireworks?

A fireworks display will follow the conclusion of the Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession on Sunday April 17. This display will take place between approximately 8.30 – 9pm, however this is subject to the procession finish time.  

The display will be set off the Poppet Head in Rosalind Park.

The best viewing locations are Rosalind Park (near the Rotunda), Dai Gum San precinct, the Alexander Fountain, View Street, Queen Elizabeth Oval and Barnard Street.

All livestock and pet owners are recommended to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and comfort of their animals.

Accessibility

Where will the access toilets be located?

During the festival access toilets will be located at the following locations:

  • Rosalind Park
  • Park Road (behind Golden Dragon Museum)
  • Queen Elizabeth Oval
  • Tom Flood Sports Centre
  • Easter Fair Way (Taxi rank)
  • Hargreaves Street multi story car park (Changing Places)
  • Mews Laneway (behind the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre)
  • McCrae Street Car Park (Marveloo)

These locations have been detailed in the accessibility map.  

The Marveloo is a portable accessible restroom catering for people with a profound disability and their carer. The facility provides accessible features such as an overhead hoist, adult change table, access ramp and automatic door.

The Changing Place facility provides a secure public toilet featuring a fully accessible toilet with space on either side for carers, moveable ceiling hoist, height adjustable adult size change table, privacy curtain, additional seating and a safe and clean environment for people with severe and profound disabilities another Changing Places is also available at the Bendigo Railway Station). MLAK key is required for access. 

This is in addition to existing accessibility toilets, which can be located via this public toilet map. 

Accessible parade viewing

Along the parade route there will be designated viewing areas for people using motorised scooters and wheelchairs. These areas will be clearly signed, please be considerate and keep these areas clear.

  • View Street (MacKenzie Street intersection)
  • Alexandra Fountain
  • Pall Mall (near Shamrock Hotel)
  • Pall Mall (Easter Fair Way intersection)
  • McCrae Street (Chapel/Bridge Street intersection)

These locations have been detailed in the accessibility map.  

There are also designated locations to safely cross the parade route. See the parade crossing points map

Accessible Parking

A number of car parks will be available specifically for accessible users close to the festival precinct in the following locations:

  • Bath Lane (available Friday, Sunday and Monday)
  • Williamson Street (available Friday – Monday)

The following accessible parking will be available for parade times only:

  • McCrae Street (near Chapel/Bridge Street intersection)
  • Mitchell Street (Pall Mall end)
  • Mackenzie Street (View Street end)
  • Bath Lane (access via Mitchell Street)
     

Please display accessible parking permit at all times and present to traffic controller to access the areas available for parade times only.

These locations have been detailed in the accessibility map.  

Further disability parking options can be located via the Spot parking app

Is there a quiet space available?

Yes! A  new space at the event this year, the Chill Out Zone welcomes all families that require a space to escape the noise and action of the event.
We ask that patrons using this area are mindful of noise as we would like to keep it a ‘low noise’ zone. This is a welcoming rest area for all children, so we ask that everyone is respectful of others in this area. The Chill Out Zone will include cushions, books and colouring activities to entertain kids. 

It will be located in Rosalind Park, at the Park Road end.

City of Greater Bendigo Access Map

More information on accessibility in the City of Greater Bendigo can found in this map 

Wheelchair recharge points

There are free wheelchair and scooter recharge points located in Bendigo, to find out more visit this page 

Access to amenities

Where will the public toilets be located?

Public toilets are located throughout the CBD and festival precinct. 

Locations are:

  • Rosalind Park
  • Mews Laneway (behind the Bendigo Visitor Centre)
  • Dai Gum San Chinese Precinct (at the back of Golden Dragon Museum)
  • Easter Fair Way
  • QEO
  • Tom Flood Sports Centre

 View event map

 

 
Where will the first aid stations be?

First Aid will be on site during the festival and will be located near the rotunda in Rosalind Park. First Aiders will also be actively out and about on foot or bike so give them a wave if you require assistance.

Will there be access to drinking water?

A Coliban Water Hydration Station will be located in Rosalind Park near the Sidney Myer Place Bridge. Don't forget to bring your drink bottle!

Will there be a parenting room available?

A parenting room is available throughout the festival and is located in Rosalind Park near the Chill Out Zone (at the Fernery end)

Getting to the Festival

Road closures

Select roads will be closed throughout the festival precinct at different times over the weekend: 

  • 6am Thursday 14 until 6am Tuesday 19 April
    Mundy Street between Pall Mall and Lyttleton Terrace and Lyttleton Terrace between St Andrews Avenue and Mundy Street.
  • 4pm Thursday 14 until 6pm Monday 18 April
    Easter Fair Way, Bridge St, Park Rd and Farmers Lane
  • 6pm until 10pm Thursday 14 April
    View Street between Rowan Street and MacKenzie Street (Bendigo Art Gallery side only)
  • 12pm until 11pm Friday 15 April
    View Street between Rowan Street and MacKenzie Street
  • 6am Wednesday 13 until 6am Tuesday 19 April
    Sidney Myer Place between Pall Mall and Rosalind Park
  • 6am Thursday 14 until 6am Tuesday 19 April
    William Vahland Place between Pall Mall and Rosalind Park
  • 4pm Thursday 14 until 6pm Monday 18 April
    Bull Street between Pall Mall and Hargreaves Street
  • 6am Friday 15 until 6am Sunday 17 April
    Pall Mall between View Street and Chapel Street
  • 6am Sunday 17 until 6pm Monday 18 April
    Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession and Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade
    View Street, Pall Mall, McCrae Street, Chapel Street and Bridge Street

You can view these details in the road closure map

There will be various detours around the central business district so please follow the road signs.

 
Public Transport - disruption to bus services

Public Transport will operate over the Easter weekend. Visit the PTV website for details.

Festival activities will require a number of bus stop closures and subsequent route detours. The below bus services will be affected from the first service Friday 15 April until the last service Monday 18 April 2022 to accommodate for activities, the Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession and the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade:

First Service Friday 15 April to Last Service Saturday 16 April 2022

Route 51 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Jackass Flat

  • To Bendigo will detour via Bridge St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St, Bridge St to Eaglehawk via normal route


Route 60 Bendigo Station – East Bendigo via Strickland Road

  • To Bendigo will detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Road to East Bendigo via normal route


Route 61 Bendigo Station – La Trobe University via Strathdale

  • To Bendigo will detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to La Trobe University via normal route


Route 70 Bendigo Station – Strathfieldsaye via Kennington

  • To Bendigo will detour via Williamson St, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Williamson St to Strathfieldsaye via normal route.


Bus Stop Closures

  • The following bus stops will be closed during this time.
    • 35860 – Bull St / Pall Mall
    • 35859 – Mundy St / McCrae St
    • 35850 – Mundy St / Pall Mall
    • 35756 – Central A / Mitchell St
    • 35822 – Central B / Mitchell St
    • 35896 – Mundy St / Myers St
    • 41308 – Mundy St / Myers St

Please note: The Bendigo Railway Station Bus Stops will operate as normal throughout this period. For any enquiries please contact the City of Greater Bendigo Customer Support on 5434 6000.

First Service Sunday 17 April to Last Service Monday 18 April 2022

Route 5 Huntly – Kangaroo Flat via Bendigo Station

  • To Kangaroo Flat will detour via Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St, Bendigo Train Station, Railway Pl, Arthur St, Will St, Myrtle St, High St to Kangaroo Flat via normal route
  • To Huntly will detour via Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St, Bendigo Train Station, Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St Hargreaves St, Baxter St, Napier St to Huntly via normal route


Route 50 Bendigo Station – Epsom Station via Goynes Rd

  • To Bendigo will detour via Barnard St, Don St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • To Epsom will detour via Railway Place, Arthur St, Wills St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St to Epsom via the normal route


Route 51 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Jackass Flat

  • To Bendigo will detour via Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Wills St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St, Hargreaves St, Baxter St, Napier St, Arnold St to Eaglehawk via normal route.


Route 52 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Arnold St

  • To Bendigo will detour via Arnold St, McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station.
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Railway Pl, Arthur St, Wills St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St, Arnold St to Eaglehawk via normal route.


Route 53 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Eaglehawk Rd

  • To Bendigo will detour via Eaglehawk Rd, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Railway Pl, Arthur St, Wills St, Myrtle St, Don St, Eaglehawk Rd to Eaglehawk via normal route.


Route 54 Bendigo Station – Maiden Gully via Calder Hwy

  • To Bendigo will detour via View St, Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Railway Pl, Arthur St, Wills St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St, View St to Maiden Gully via normal route


Route 55 Bendigo Station – Kangaroo Flat via Golden Square

  • To Bendigo will detour via Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Railway Pl, Arthur St, Wills St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St to Kangaroo Flat via normal route.


Route 60 Bendigo Station – East Bendigo via Strickland Road

  • To Bendigo will detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to East Bendigo via normal route


Route 61 Bendigo Station – La Trobe University via Strathdale

  • To Bendigo will detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to La Trobe University normal route


Route 64 Bendigo Station – Golden Square via Quarry Hill

  • To Bendigo will detour via Myrtle St, Wills St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Railway Pl, Arthur St, Wills St, Myrtle St to Golden Square via normal route.


Route 70 Bendigo Station – Strathfieldsaye via Kennington

  • To Bendigo will detour via Williamson St, Myers St, Mitchell St to Bendigo Train Station
  • From Bendigo Train Station will detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Williamson St to Strathfieldsaye via normal route.


Bus Stop Closures

  • The following bus stops will be closed during this time.
    • 35991 - Rowan St / View St
    • 35860 - Bull St / Pall Mall
    • 35859 - Mundy St / McCrae St 
    • 35858 - St Killians / McCrae St
    • 35995 - Water St / Bridge St
    • 40442 - Water St / Bridge St 
    • 35992 - Aquatic Centre / Barnard St
    • 35993 - Crochet Club / Barnard St 
    • 36042 - Tom Flood / Barnard St
    • 35850 - Mundy St / Pall Mall
    • 35851 - Baxter St / McCrae St
    • 35857 - Baxter St / McCrae St
    • 35756 - Central A / Mitchell St
    • 35822 - Central B / Mitchell St
    • 50462 - Short St / High St
    • 35950 - QEO / View St
    • 35990 - QEO / View St
    • 35994 - Water St / Barnard St
    • 50841 - Valentine St / Eaglehawk Rd
    • 35989 - Acacia St / Barnard St
    • 35952 - Don St / Eaglehawk Rd
    • 35951 - Forest St / Barnard St
    • 50843 - Vine St / Barnard St
    • 35896 - Mundy St / Myers St
    • 41308 - Mundy St / Myers St
    • 40487 - King St / Myrtle St
    • 35788 - High St / Myrtle St

 

Please note: The Bendigo Railway Station Bus Stops will operate as normal throughout this period. For any enquiries please contact the City of Greater Bendigo Customer Support on 5434 6000.

Park ‘n Ride with Bendigo Tramways

Accessing the Easter Festival is easy with a Bendigo Tramways Park ‘n Ride shuttle ticket! Avoid road closures and parking woes by catching one of Bendigo’s iconic trams from Central Deborah Gold Mine, Lake Weeroona, Tysons Reef Hotel or the Bendigo Joss House Temple.

Tickets are valid all day, allowing you to come and go from the festival as often as you like. $5 per person aged 16 and over, children aged 0-15 are free of charge. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday only. Timetables available at www.bendigotramways.com

 

Car Parking

During the festival, two multi-story car parks will be open free of charge:

Hargreaves Street (opposite Bendigo Library)

  • Good Friday: 7am - midnight
  • Saturday: 7am - midnight
  • Easter Sunday: 7am - midnight
  • Easter Monday: 7am – 7.30pm

Edward Street

  • Good Friday: 7am – 10pm
  • Saturday: 7am – 10pm
  • Easter Sunday: 7am – 10pm
  • Easter Monday: 7am – 7.30pm

Please note the following car parks will be closed at times during the festival: 

  • The McCrae Street car park will be closed from 5pm Thursday April 14 until 6pm Monday April 18
  • Mundy Street car park will be closed from 6am Thursday April 14 until 6am Tuesday April 19
  • The Queen Elizabeth Oval car park will be closed 6am Sunday April 17 until 6pm Monday April 18
  • The Tom Flood Sports Centre carpark will be closed from 6am Friday April 15 until 6pm Monday April 18.
Bus and Long Haul Parking

Bus and long haul parking will be available at:

  • Bath Lane
  • Hopetoun Street
  • Hargreaves Street (near Bendigo Bowling Centre)
  • High Street (near McDonalds)
  • Tom Flood Sports Centre – coaches only*

*Please note that the Tom Flood Sports Centre will have no entry or exit from 6am Sunday April 17 until 6pm Monday April 18 due to parades.

Bike Parking

Why not jump on your bike, ride to the festival and avoid the hassle of parking a car? We are providing a designated area for bike parking in Rosalind Park (View Street end), allowing you more time to explore the festival precinct.

The bike parking area is available from 10am - 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This area is unsupervised so remember to bring your bike locks and don't forget your helmet.

Accessible Parking

A number of car parks will be available specifically for accessible users close to the festival precinct in the following locations:

  • Bath Lane (available Friday, Sunday and Monday)
  • Williamson Street (available Friday – Monday)

The following accessible parking will be available for parade times only:

  • McCrae Street (near Chapel/Bridge Street intersection)
  • Mitchell Street (Pall Mall end)
  • Mackenzie Street (View Street end)
  • Bath Lane (access via Mitchell Street)

Please display disability permit at all times and present to traffic controller to access the areas available for parade times only.

These locations have been detailed in the accessibility map

Further disability parking options can be located via the Spot parking app

Other FAQ

Is there a chance the festival will be postponed due to bad weather?

In the event of extreme weather conditions, events may be moved to a dry weather venue or cancelled. Please refer to the Easter Festival Facebook page for the latest information.

Where can I stay while visiting the festival?

The friendly staff at the Bendigo Visitor Centre can help you with all your accommodation booking needs. Or you can book your accommodation online here.

 Bendigo Visitor Centre
51-67 Pall Mall Bendigo
P: 03 5434 6060
Freecall: 1800 813 153
E: [email protected]

COVIDSafe event

What COVIDSafe guidelines are in place for the event?

The City of Greater Bendigo will follow the Victorian Government COVIDSafe Guidelines at the time of the event.

Under current government guidelines event patrons will not be required to provide proof of vaccination to enter the event precinct including parade areas. However, proof of vaccination may be required to participate in certain activities.

Please note, this information is subject to change and all COVIDSafe information including vaccination requirements will be updated on the event website closer to the event date.

We encourage all visitors to follow our event Facebook page and visit the event website for current COVIDSafe requirements and program information before attending over the Easter weekend.