The much-loved food bowl of regional Victoria.
Perched on the banks of the Murray River and surrounded by citrus groves, vineyards and farm land - Mildura is a modern city teeming with history, culture and innovation.
From streets lined with art deco buildings, cafes and wine bars to the bounty of local produce and the dry, sunny climate - this region really is where the Mediterranean meets the Australian outback.
Take a trip to Victoria’s northwest and you might be surprised by what you find. Here are some of the best activities and events to get your itinerary started.
- Take a paddle steamer cruise along the Murray River, or rent a houseboat for a few days and take it at your own pace.
- Walk through the doors of a former art deco bank and discover a world of contemporary art at The Art Vault - a gallery featuring local and international exhibitions.
- Learn new skills, meet your favourite authors and attend workshops and discussions at the intimate Mildura Writers’ Festival, held every year in June.
- Take a stroll through semi-arid gardens and learn about exotic plants from around the world at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens located on the New South Wales side of the river.
- Go on a journey through Indigenous culture and discover the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park with one of the local tour operators.
Explore cafes and culture on the city streets or take a drive and explore the national parks, country towns and colours of the outback in the wider Mildura region.
The city of Mildura is bursting with natural attractions, history and culture.
The Murray River is an icon of the region, so be sure to visit the new Riverfront precinct. Take a picnic and stretch your legs on the walking trails or jump aboard a paddle steamer for a relaxing cruise.
Stay close to nature with a trip to the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, situated just over the river in Muorquong.
The foodie experience
Mildura’s cafes, restaurants, wineries and bars are as impressive as you’ll find in any capital city.
Find the perfect coffee or stop for lunch at the buzzing Langtree Avenue - known locally as ‘Feast Street’ - before sampling the best of the region at Sunraysia Cellar Door or one of Mildura’s many wineries in and around the CBD.
For the best meal in town The Spanish Grill and The Black Stump are two of many contenders - or join the ranks of many a Victorian foodie and book a table at the renowned Stefano’s Restaurant located in the cellar of the Grand Hotel.
After dinner, why not sample the local beer at Mildura Brewery located in the converted art deco cinema next door - or choose from local bars like The Corporate Moose, SIP or Fossey’s Ginporium, which offers speakeasy ambience, imaginative cocktails and gin varieties aplenty.
Wentworth and Mungo National Park
A short drive west of Mildura you’ll find the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park, home to the famous Mungo Man and Mungo Woman archaeological discoveries.
The national park holds evidence of continuous Aboriginal habitation dating back a staggering 500,000 years, so the best way to truly understand and explore the area is with a local licensed guide. If you decide to explore without a guide, then be sure to visit the Mildura Visitor Information Centre before you head off.
Once there you’ll be rewarded with a huge array of historically and geographically important sites - sand dunes, china clay and sand formations and the ancient dried up Mungo River.
The charming town of Wentworth is worth a stop on your way to or from Mildura. While it may now be known as the gateway to the outback and the Mungo National Park, historically it was also an important paddlesteamer port due its location where the Murray meets the Darling River. Here you can explore the Old Wentworth Gaol, the Courthouse and Artback Gallery.
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Mildura enjoys a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. Average temperatures in summer fall between 15°C and 32°C and winter averages range from to 4°C to 17°C. Most rainfall occurs in winter and spring.
From the airport
Mildura Airport is located approximately twelve kilometres from the city centre. A taxi rank is available outside the terminal.
In and around the city
The inner city is easily explored on foot or by bicycle. Several taxi companies service the region, as well as the Buslink Sunraysia network. The best way to explore the wider region is to rent a car.
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