Then it was on to Bendigo, which, like Ballarat, was a prosperous gold town, full of history and the majestic buildings of the era. Bendigo also has a rich history of Chinese settlement and culture and its Easter parade featured dragons galore. Seeing Gum Loong, at 100m the longest dragon in the world , was really special, despite all the heads and bodies in the way (I still can't figure out why the very tall man sitting in the front row thought it was okay to stand all through the two-hour parade, preventing me and others from getting a half-decent view). There were smaller dragons galore, firecrackers, fabulous, colourful Chinese costumes ... I've never seen anything like it. My photos aren't great but they'll give you some idea of how impressive it was.
And then there was the quilt show... rooms full of beautiful works by the local Strathdale Quilters group. These are a few of my favourites.
And this is my absolute favourite - is it cute or what! It was driven in the parade.
Such a great day out.