Bendigo and surrounds

From gold rush heritage to contemporary arts centres and outstanding education and health facilities, the Loddon region has wide-ranging appeal for those seeking a city or country lifestyle. Bendigo, a cosmopolitan city and one of Victoria’s largest, lies at the centre with other main towns including Woodend, Maryborough, Kyneton, Castlemaine, Gisborne and Echuca. 

The area boasts grand Victorian-era buildings, renowned restaurants and cultural festivals. There are varied landscapes for nature lovers who enjoy the famous botanical gardens and ironbark and stringybark forests where spring wildflowers and wildlife abound. 

You can get out on the water at Lake Eppalock, Lake Weroona and the Loddon River but if hiking or mountain biking is more your style then you can explore iconic trails including the Goldfields Track and O’Keefe Rail Trail. 
Agriculture and manufacturing are significant industries for the economy of the area, as are retail, property and health. 


Bendigo has a relatively low median house price compared to Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne. There are quality road and rail connections to get you from Bendigo to Melbourne in under 2 hours and a pleasant climate. 

There is a broad range of education services to choose from including TAFE and University campuses. Sporting and recreation facilities have benefited from significant investments in recent years. 

Health care is the largest employment sector and is growing to cater for the expanding population. Employment prospects for new residents have never been better. 

Family Violence employers 

  • Anglicare Victoria’s focus is to prevent, protect & empower disadvantaged Victorian children, young people and families. 
  • Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative was founded to represent and provide services to the Dja Dja Wurrung community (Jaara people) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents living in the Dja Dja Wurrung boundaries. 
  • Centre for Non-Violence was established in 1990 and provides a range of services and programs that respond to and work to prevent family violence and homelessness. 
  • Njernda Aboriginal Corporation’s purpose is to deliver community controlled, holistic services and programs which improve the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the Aboriginal Community of Echuca and surrounding areas. 
Other employment opportunities in Loddon include courts, refuges, state government, local council and community health services, educational institutions and legal services. 

The Orange Door is open in Loddon with a primary site in Bendigo and access points to open in Echuca and Maryborough in 2021. Read more about Working at The Orange Door

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