Bendigo is approximately 150K's north east of Melbourne. It is an area steeped in Australia's history, being part of the Gold Rush era. For years the biggest swap meet in Australia. The swap meet is held at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds, the grassed in-field originally reserved for classic car parking it is now all dedicated to sites with a much smaller display on the hill in one corner of the showgrounds. Very dusty and nearly always warm to very hot.
The Bendigo swap meet was held on the 18th and 19th of November 2000
Setup for vendors on the Friday, Buyers from 6:00am on the Saturday morning. Buy lunchtime on the Sunday most vendors and buyers have had enough, so this can be a good time to try and nail a bargain.
How to get there
From Melbourne, an easy hour and a half drive, get onto the Tullamarine Freeway (Warning this is a tollway) (Alternative route - Western Ring Road) then onto to Calder Freeway. New sections of freeway are being opened with Macedon(60), Woodend(70) and Kyneton(85) now by-passed. Follow the highway right through town then turn left the lights into Bendigo - Eagle Hwk Road (or a little further up at Arnold Street) Showgrounds is a couple of K's on your right. If you miss it, your obviously there the wrong weekend!
Watch out for radar patrols from Gisborne to Bendigo.
Who to contact
Enq. 03 5441 1002
Map of Bendigo
Map of Showgrounds