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Bendigo Town Hall: Council Chambers

Architect: George Avery Fletcher, William C. Vahland

The Bendigo Town Hall is a prominent heritage building in the heart of Bendigo. During the height of the gold rush, Bendigo’s civic leaders decided that the appearance of the municipal building did not reflect the wealth and splendor of Bendigo’s ‘golden age’. Local architect W.C Vahland was commissioned to redevelop the Town Hall and came up with a masterpiece that helped to secure his place as one of the city’s most revered architects. The Town Hall interiors feature decorative plaster adorned with 22-carat-gold leaf, reflecting the stories of a city built on gold. In 2003 The Bendigo Town Hall returned to the elegance and beauty of its 19th century heritage after an extensive restoration and renovation program including plasterworks, murals and gold leaf worked by skilled artists and artisans. From the significant Council Chambers to the magnificent view from the minstrel’s gallery, the Bendigo Town Hall will leave an impression on anyone who visits.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 2 & Sunday 28 October 10am–4pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • What's Open: The Old Council Chambers and Town Hall Reception Room (New Council Chambers).

  • Special Note: Entry via the Library Gardens. Lyttleton Terrace closed to vehicles on Sunday 28 October, from 6.30am–4pm due to the Bendigo Cycling Classic. Pedestrian access only during these times. Visit for more information.

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Self-guided tours available during the opening hours.

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility access

  • Building Type: Government

  • Facilities: Toilets, Child access

  • Year Built: 1859, 1866, 1871, 1913, 2003

  • Photo Credit: City of Greater Bendigo


189–193 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo 3550, Bendigo VIC


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