Do you have an interest in history and other cultures? Are you fascinated by the practices and philosophies of other faiths?

The Bendigo Joss House Temple would not be able to open its doors without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Click here to download our Volunteer Opportunities Brochure.

What’s involved in volunteering at the Bendigo Joss House Temple?

We are looking for individuals or couples who enjoy learning new things and who will get a kick out of sharing their new-found knowledge with visitors to the temple. Greet and guide visitors around the historic Joss House.

Care for the sacred temple the way the Chinese caretakers would have over 100 years ago, helping to keep it presentable and comfortable for visitors. Assist visitors with purchasing keepsakes from the souvenir shop and sell tickets to other Bendigo Heritage Attractions sites including mine and tram tours.

You will be working with a friendly and dedicated team that will teach you everything you need to know about this National Trust-listed site and its significance to the history of Bendigo.

In the words of our current volunteers …

“The Bendigo Joss House Temple is engulfed in rich goldfield history and is an absolutely serene place to be. Its aura is all embracing.”

– Brenda

“The Bendigo Joss House Temple is literally living history. Being the oldest operating Chinese house of worship of traditional design left in the nation means it is truly something special.”

– Mikelle

“What I love about the Bendigo Joss House Temple is the History and the serenity of the place. Seeing the response of people when you speak about the Joss House is incredible.

They have no idea and from what I have seen are completely amazed by the tour. People come in with some preconceived idea of what a Joss House is and go away looking like they have really enjoyed the experience and have really learned something important.”

– Val

Want to find out more?

Please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Darcy Van Dillen, on 4444 2826 or click here to fill in an Expression of Interest form and email it to


A visit to the Bendigo Joss House Temple provides tangible evidence relating to the migration of Chinese to Bendigo during the gold rush. Full details here.