Bendigo is in Victoria, Australia, a town in the Bendigo Valley near the state's geographic centre and approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Melbourne, the State Capital. To the northwest. In 2019, Bendigo had an urban population of 100,991, making it the 19th largest city in Australia, the fourth largest inland city and the fourth most populous city in Victoria. It is the administrative centre of Greater Bendigo, consisting of outlying towns of approximately 3,000 square kilometres (1,158 sq mi) and over 111,000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the city are known as the "Bendagonians". The traditional owners of this area are the Dja Dja Wurrung (Djaara). The discovery of gold on Bendigo Creek in 1851 transformed the site from a sheep farm into one of colonial Australia's most thriving towns. News of the findings spurred a gold rush in Victoria, leading to an influx of migrants from around the world, especially Europe and China. Bendigo became eastern Australia's largest gold mining economy in the 19th century, and the wealth created during this period is today reflected in the town's Victorian architectural heritage. From 1853 to 1891, Bendigo was officially known as Sandhurst. Bendigo's boom period lasted until the early 20th century, and after a temporary decline in population and employment, further growth took place from the 1930s as the town solidified itself as a centre of services and regional production. Although gold mining continues, recent population growth has been primarily concentrated in suburban areas. With the completion of the Calder Motorway linking Melbourne and Bendigo in 2009 and the area's proximity to Melbourne, Bendigo has become one of Victoria's fastest-growing regional hubs. Find and hire a top agency or company for your next big project related to Digital Marketing, Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Content Writing, Market Research, PR, Email Marketing, Mobile App Development, Web Design, Web application development, Media Planning and many more in Australia and other countries on AgencyNetwork.