Pristine riverscapes, foodie experiences and aquatic adventures await in the sunkissed town of Mildura. Located on the Murray River's southern side, hop aboard a historic paddle steamer, tee off on a lush golf course, embrace a vibrant cultural scene, or venture into the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.
A houseboat holiday is an unmissable experience. Hire a vessel from Mildura Houseboats or All Seasons Houseboats, and enjoy waking up to unobstructed views of the river. Another way to soak up the serenity of the Murray is a cruise aboard a paddlesteamer with Mildura Paddlesteamers. You can also hire a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board or boat.
Wineries, distilleries & restaurants
Surrounded by a tapestry of citrus groves and vineyards, Mildura is renowned for its food and wine. Drop by the cellar doors of wineries such as Trentham Estate, Oak Valley Estate and Chateau Mildura, and become an expert on local varietals like chardonnay and shiraz. Visit Sunraysia Cellar Door to sample more local wines. If you prefer spirits, drop into Fossey's to try some boutique whisky and gin.
The Sunraysia Farmers Markets is also home to fresh fruit, vegetables, preserves and condiments. Head to Langtree Avenue for charming wine bars and lively pubs. You also find acclaimed restaurants such as Stefano’s Italian, Asian delights at Andy’s Kitchen and international fusion at Brass Monkey.
Tours & day trips
Departing from Mildura, Mungo Guided Tours will take you on a day trip to the spectacular ancient landscapes of Mungo National Park. Other tours closer to Mildura include riding a tractor train through orchards at Orange World and a self-guided walking tour that captures the town’s historic buildings.
More things to do
Get your culture fix at The Art Vault, an arts facility housing three galleries, etching and lithography printmaking workrooms, 10 artist studios and two artist-in-residence apartments. Learn about the history of the town on The Chaffey Trail, a self-guided tour of key heritage sites and buildings. And peruse Aboriginal art at Barkindji Wiimpatya Murra Centre, a gallery in the town of Dareton, a 20min drive away.
Sitting at the far west of The Murray region, Mildura is around 11 hours’ drive from Sydney, just under six hours from both Melbourne and Albury, and 4hr 20min from Adelaide. You can also fly into Mildura Airport and hire a car to explore the region.