Information volunteer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

GETTING TO BENDIGO

If you live out of town, one of easiest ways to travel to the festival is aboard a train or bus. Once you’re at the Bendigo Station, take a five minute stroll down the hill to the city centre where all of the festival activities await. Visit Public Transport Victoria for timetables and further information.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Are you visiting Bendigo at Easter time and want to know what else to do during your stay? The Bendigo Visitor Centre can provide you with a wealth of information regarding local accommodation, things to do, places to visit, historical details and much more!

Visit the Bendigo Visitor Centre at:

51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
P: 03 5434 6060 
Freecall: 1800 813 153
E: tourism@bendigo.vic.gov.au

 

GETTING AROUND BENDIGO


ROAD CLOSURES

Wednesday April 12 from 6am until Easter Sunday April 16 until approximately 11pm

  •  Sidney Myer Place between Pall Mall and Rosalind Park

Thursday April 13 from 6am until Easter Sunday April 16 until approximately 11pm

  • William Vahland Place between Pall Mall and Rosalind Park

Thursday April 13 from 5pm to Easter Sunday April 16 until approximately 9pm

  • Bridge Street, Park Road, Farmers Lane

Thursday April 13 from 4pm to Easter Sunday April 16 until approximately 11pm

  • Mundy Street

Saturday April 15 to Easter Sunday April 16 from 6am until approximately 11pm

  • Bull Street between Pall Mall and Hargreaves Street

Laser Electrical Torchlight Lantern Procession, Saturday April 15

  • View Street, Pall Mall, McCrae Street, Chapel Street and Bridge Street closed from approximately 4.30pm - 11pm

Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade, Sunday April 16

  • View Street, Pall Mall, McCrae Street, Chapel Street and Bridge Street closed from approximately 6am - 6pm

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


PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHANGES

A number of road and bus stop closures will operate to accommodate the 2017 Torchlight Lantern Procession and Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade.The below services will be affected from Saturday April 14 from 4.30pm - 11pm to accommodate the Laser Electrical Torchlight Lantern Procession and on Sunday April 15 between 6am - 6pm to accommodate the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade:

Route 5 Kangaroo Flat – Huntly via Bendigo Station

  • From Huntly will travel detour via McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Short St, High St to Kangaroo Flat via normal route.

Route 50 Epsom Station – Bendigo Station

  • From Epsom will travel detour via Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St to Epsom via normal route.

Route 51 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Jackass Flat

  • From Epsom will travel detour via Lucan St, Arnold St, McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St, Hargreaves St, Baxter St, McCrae St, Arnold St, Lucan St to Epsom via normal route.

Route 52 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Arnold St

  • From Eaglehawk will travel detour via Holmes Rd, Arnold St, McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St, Hargreaves St, Baxter St, McCrae St, Arnold St, Holmes Rd to Eaglehawk via normal route.

Route 53 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Eaglehawk Road

  • From Eaglehawk will travel detour via Eaglehawk Rd, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Myrtle St, Don St, Eaglehawk Rd to Eaglehawk via normal route.

Route 54 Bendigo Station – Maiden Gully via Calder Highway

  • From Maiden Gully will travel detour via View St, Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St, View St to Maiden Gully via normal route.

Route 55 Bendigo Station – Kangaroo Flat via Golden Square

  • From Kangaroo Flat will travel detour via High St, Short St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Short St, High St to Kangaroo Flat via normal route.

Route 60 Bendigo Station – East Bendigo via Strickland Rd

  • From East Bendigo will travel detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to East Bendigo via normal route.

Route 61 Bendigo Station – La Trobe University via Strathdale

  • From Strathdale will travel detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to Strathdale via normal route.

Route 70 Bendigo Station – Strathfieldsaye

  • From Strathfieldsaye will travel detour via Williamson St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Williamson St to Strathfieldsaye via normal route.

Please note on Sunday April 16 main inbound bus stop at Mitchell St will be moved up one block to Chemist Warehouse. Main outbound bus stop will be moved to Mitchell St between King St and Wills St at Captain Snooze. Pall Mall and McCrae St bus stops will be closed ALL day.  Bendigo Railway Station bus stops will operate as normal ALL day.

 

BENDIGO TRAMWAYS

Park outside the CBD near one of five tram stops and catch the tram into town. The Easter Weekend Vintage Talking Tram ticket is valid from Good Friday to Easter Monday with trams departing regularly.

A shuttle service is available from the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Park your car at either end of the tram tracks and catch the tram to and from the parade between 9.20am – 2.40pm, Easter Sunday.

Adults: $2, Concession/Child: $1. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets visit Bendigo Tramways or call 03 5442 2821.

 

VEHICLE AND BIKE PARKING

 

MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS

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

  • Hargreaves St (opposite the Bendigo Library)
  • Edward St (Cnr of Edward St & Queen St)

Hours of Operation:

  • Good Friday: 6am – 6pm
  • Easter Saturday: 7am – 10.30pm
  • Easter Sunday: 6am – 6pm
  • Easter Monday: 6am – 6pm
     

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, allowing you more time to explore the festival precinct.

The bike parking area is available from 10am – 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is an unsupervised area so remember to bring your bike locks and don’t forget your helmets.

 

BUS and LONG HAUL PARKING

Bus and long haul parking will be available at:

  • Tom Flood Sports Centre
  • Bath Lane
  • Hopetoun Street
  • Hargreaves Street near Bendigo Bowling Centre

 

CARPARK CLOSURES

Please note that the Queen Elizabeth Oval and McCrae Street carparks will be closed from 6am Saturday April 15 until 5pm Sunday April 16 for parade assembly.

For more information on parking options visit the City of Greater Bendigo website.

 

FESTIVAL ACCESSIBILITY

 

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.

Accessible locations are along Pall Mall at Sidney Myer Place (in front of the George Lansell statue), Bull Street intersection and just after Bridge Street at Howard Place.

 

MARVELOO

Located in the McCrae Street carpark, the Marveloo is an 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.

 

INFORMATION

Visit the Bendigo Visitor Centre in Pall Mall or have a chat to one of our information attendants that will be roving the precinct to assist you throughout the festival. 

 

TOILETS

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)
  • Hargreaves Mall
  • Howard Place
  • QEO
  • Tom Flood Sports Centre
     

PARENTING ROOM

A parenting room is available throughout the festival and is located in the Mews Laneway behind the Bendigo Visitor Centre. Entry is via the Food Court in Sidney Myer Place or William Vahland Place.

 

FIRST AID

First Aid  will be on site during the festival and will be located in the Kauri Gardens 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.

 

HYDRATION STATION

Stay hydrated during the festival and refill your drink bottles at the Coliban Water hydration station located in Rosalind Park near the Sidney Myer Place bridge.

 

LOST CHILDREN/PERSONS

If you become separated from your child, please go directly to the First Aid Tent located in Kauri Gardens, Rosalind Park, and request assistance. All lost children presented to festival staff will be taken to the First Aid Tent.

HANDY HINT

Wrist bands will be available at the Bendigo Visitor Centre. 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.

 

FIREWORKS

The fireworks will take place immediately following the Torchlight Lantern Procession (approximately 9.30pm) on the evening of Saturday April 15 within the proximity of the Rosalind Park Poppet Head. The best viewing locations are Rotunda Gardens, Dai Gum San precinct, Alexandra Fountain, View St, Queen Elizabeth Oval and Barnard St.

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

 

DOGS

Dogs are permitted within in Rosiland Park, however they must remain on a lead at all times. Please be considerate of other festival patrons and promptly clean up after your dog.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

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

 

SMOKING

This is a smoke free community festival. Please be respectful of others and smoke outside the precinct

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For the most up to date information and notifications of festival changes, visit the News and Updates page on our website or like our Facebook page