Mildura: Heart of the Mighty Murray
The town of Mildura is perched on the edge of the outback in north-western Victoria, yet is nourished by the mighty Murray River.
Mildura is an oasis of the desert – renowned for vineyards, citrus groves and its picturesque river banks. Immerse yourself in history, fine food and wine and the glorious sunshine, which is a trademark of the region.
The Murray runs the length of the New South Wales and Victorian border, and provides one of the best spots from which to explore this notable river. Hop on a restored paddle steamer and glide along the river enjoying the pretty riverfront views. Swimming, canoeing and water-skiing are some of your options; or you might choose to become your own captain and hire a houseboat for a few days or more. Hot air ballooning and scenic flights provide a great way to get a panoramic view of the region’s spectacular terrain.
Mildura is a prolific food-growing region, one where you will find superb quality food and wine. Join a tour or simply drive yourself through the lush, rolling hills of this Mediterranean-style landscape to visit the myriad of cellars, orchards and market gardens.
The town also has a range of vibrant cafés and wonderful restaurants in the 'Feastreet' district on Langtree Avenue, and is also home to celebrity chef, Stefano de Pieri. Book a table at Stefano’s, his renowned local establishment, to experience the quality dishes and wonderful flavours firsthand.
Mildura has a range of shops, day spas, galleries and museums. The Centro Mildura shopping centre provides a mix of major retail stores and specialty shops, and don’t miss making a visit to the Sunday Market where you can fossick through over 300 stalls of local produce, clothing, handicrafts, jewellery and more. The Mildura Arts Centre and Sculpture Park are also popular destinations worth a visit.
Mildura is located close to the spectacular Mungo National Park. This ancient environment is home to significant Aboriginal sites and some incredible rock formations. Take a self-guided tour or join a guided tour to take in some striking sights including the Walls of China ‘lunar-style’ landscape.
The Perry Sandhills is another popular spot with over ten hectares of vivid red sand dunes; and be sure to visit the viewing tower to see where the Murray and Darling Rivers converge.
There are several parks and gardens located in and around Mildura that make ideal settings for a leisurely stroll or picnic. Add the Australian Inland Botanical Gardens and Farmgate Gardens to your itinerary.
Mildura offers a diverse range of accommodation experiences. Choose a houseboat on the river, a resort close to town, camping in the local national park or a nearby farm stay. There’s accommodation in the district to suit any style of holiday and any budget.