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Bendoc is a locality in the Shire of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It sits on the Bendoc River. In the 2016 census, Bendoc had a population of 115 people.

It was a mining town for many years after the discovery of gold in the Bendoc River in the 1850s, with dairying and sawmilling replacing mining as local industries in later years. The population decreased over time, from about 500 in 1903 to 210 in 1911 and 90 in 1933. The town now contains the Bendoc Hotel (also known as the Commercial Hotel), the Bendoc Hall, a post office, police station, church, cemetery and Country Fire Authority brigade. The town also has a progress association, which operates a neighbourhood house and library outreach centre.

Bendoc Police Station opened in 1869. Bendoc Post Office opened on 1 January 1896 and became a licensed post office on 14 July 1994. The Bendoc Cemetery was gazetted on 17 June 1892, replacing an earlier cemetery used from the late 1880s. It closed in 1925 but was reopened in the 1990s and is managed by the Bendoc Cemetery Trust.

The Bendoc Union Church was built in 1903 and is now listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. It continues to be owned by a community trust and is used by Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians. It is described as a "rare and perhaps unique surviving example of a Union church still used for its original purpose and still owned by a community trust".

Bendoc State School (No. 1166) opened in 1873, replacing an earlier fee-paying school, and closed in 1987. The building remains in the grounds of the town's SES facility.

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