Your Ultimate Guide to Mildura

Mildura in a nutshell

Situated on the border of New South Wales and Victoria, and only a quick drive from South Australia, Mildura is a vibrant regional town and an ideal destination for a delightful long weekend escape.

This somewhat secret spot on the Murray River has it all. We’re talking about breathtaking Murray River views, a strong agricultural heritage, vineyards that produce top-notch wines and ethereal natural landscapes (which alone are worth the drive). Nature lovers in particular will be in awe of Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, where hiking and wildlife spotting are unmatched. And when it comes to food, farm-to-table dining experiences will dazzle your taste buds.

Before we dive into Mildura and all it has to offer its visitors – here’s a little background on the Victorian town of Mildura.

Mildura has a rich and fascinating history that adds a little more depth to its charm. Originally inhabited by the Barkindji people, European settlement began in the 1800s when William and George Chaffey established an irrigation colony here, transforming the arid land into a flourishing agricultural region. The city’s renowned irrigation system at the time, revolutionised farming practices in Mildura and its surrounds and resulted in the growth of vineyards, citrus orchards, and dried fruit production. Even today, this part of Australia is known for not only its wine production but immense production of all kinds of produce.

You might also be interested to know Mildura played a significant role in the paddle steamer era! Serving as a vital port for transporting goods along the Murray River, the spot was historically important for those travelling down the river for many years. Today, the city proudly showcases its past through historic buildings, museums, and cultural events, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Mildura’s captivating history.

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Things to do in Mildura Victoria

Visited all the getaway spots in Victoria? Spent many a weekend in the South Australian Riverland region? Mildura is the ultimate destination for those seeking a unique, relaxing yet enriching getaway in regional Victoria. It’s time to plan your getaway! In this ultimate guide, we take a look at the main things to do in Mildura and help you plan the perfect trip.

Pic credit: Visit Victoria

Enjoy a river cruise

When staying by the river, don’t miss your chance to actually get onto the water. The majestic Murray River runs right through Mildura, giving it that undeniable river charm that we can’t resist. So naturally, various operators here offer cruises that provide visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the river and learn about the local history. Some of the operators in Mildura that offer river cruises include Mildura Paddle Steamers, Mildura Cruises, and Langtree Cruises. The best part is, you can choose from different types of cruises, such as sightseeing tours, lunch or dinner cruises, and even special event cruises. Learn more about the different Mildura cruises you can take here.

Learn about the local history

As we’ve already mentioned, Mildura is a place with an interesting history and one of the reasons people enjoy visiting is to learn about its past. There are several historic activities to explore in Mildura, Victoria, however there are a few that stick out as good options for your weekend escape:

Mildura and District Historical Society Museum

Featuring a collection of memorabilia, photographs and written records that highlight the history and development of the region, this charming museum tells a story of Mildura. Visitors can explore various exhibits that delve into different aspects of Mildura’s heritage, including its early settlers, agriculture, industry, and social life.

Langtree Hall Museum

Explore this museum, which showcases local history and features exhibitions on various topics. Drop by to see the great display of historical memorabilia, the large collection of international dolls, christening gowns, toys, clothing, embroideries, and an old musical instrument collection.

Historic Walking Areas

If you’re into colonial architecture or get a kick out of seeing buildings of the past, you’ll enjoy simply taking a walk through the town. Take a stroll through the historic streets of Mildura and admire the heritage buildings. Make sure you also visit the Mildura Wharf, located along the Murray River, which has historical significance as a hub of trade and transportation in the past.

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Explore the Pink Lakes of Murray Sunset National Park

Who doesn’t get excited at the idea of a pink lake? Although there are a number of these beautiful natural wonders in Australia, it’s not something you see very often and it’s certainly something you should check out whilst in town. The Pink Lakes of Murray Sunset National Park in particular are a mesmerising feature of the landscape, getting their stunning pink hue from a combination of high salt levels and the presence of algae. As the water evaporates, the salt crystallises, creating a striking pink crust on the lake bed. Take your camera down to see the ethereal landscape, surrounded by golden sand dunes.

Sample Mildura’s local wine

A weekend escape isn’t complete without a visit to some wineries. And fortunately, Mildura is renowned for its flourishing wine industry. The region boasts a collection of exceptional wineries that produce a diverse range of wines, delighting oenophiles from around the world. One of the highlights of Mildura’s wine scene is its vineyards themselves, which benefit from the region’s sunny climate and fertile soil. These ideal conditions contribute to the production of high-quality grapes, resulting in wines that are rich in flavour and character.

And there’s something for every palate! From crisp and refreshing whites to robust and elegant reds, visitors can indulge in a sensory journey. Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are just a few of the varietals that thrive here. Although a visit to any winery in Mildura is great, here are some of our favourites:

Pic credit: Visit Victoria / Murray River farmers markets

Taste the flavours of the region

When exploring a regional town – visit a farmer’s market! Around Mildura, there are countless farms and small businesses producing some world-class produce. So during your stay here, don’t forget to see, taste and take it home! Soak your senses with tastes, sites and smells of Sunraysia Farmer’s Market as you wander. Discover all kinds of produce; from fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs; freshly brewed coffee, wine, olive oil, preserves and condiments; eggs, honey, grains and nuts; freshly baked bread, pastries and cakes plus flowers, small goods and so much more. If you haven’t had breakfast – you’re in luck! They’ll be something to snack on too. Located right by the river, this is a great place to spend a morning before driving off with some incredible treats.

Visit the Mildura Holden Motor Museum

Whether you’re a fan of cars, or just travelling with kids, the Mildura Holden Motor Museum is a great place to spend an hour or two. Explore an impressive collection of Holden vehicles, from classic cars to rare models. Immerse yourself in nostalgia as you journey through Holden’s evolution and its impact on Australian culture. Experience the craftsmanship and innovation that have made Holden an iconic part of Australian motoring history. During your weekend escape, don’t miss this exciting destination for car enthusiasts and history buffs alike!

Take a walk by the Murray River

When it comes to things to do in Mildura, this has to be up there on your list! Just a short drive away from the town of Mildura lies a stunning wildlife park nestled along the Murray River and Kings Billabong. This picturesque sanctuary is home to a diverse range of waterbirds, including magnificent Whistling Kites and Swamp Harriers. Once you’re here, you can choose from a number of walks:

  • Kings Billabong Lookout: Panoramic views and a 200m loop walk to the water’s edge.
  • Bird Hide Loop Walk: An easy 3.5km loop track from Billabong Walks Car park to the Bird Hide, with limited visibility but scenic views along the way.
  • Ducks Foot Lagoon Walk: A moderate 9.5km loop walk from Billabong Walks Car park, taking you around Duck’s lagoon to Psyche Bend pumping station. Can be combined with the bird hide loop circuit.

Just looking for a place to stroll? In the town, make your way to the river and enjoy a casual walk. Take a 2km walk around Lock Island and see the Weir or explore the Marina and its beautiful houseboats.

Take the kids to Water Play Park

The Water Play Park in Mildura is a haven of fun and excitement for both locals and visitors. Located in the heart of the city, this vibrant park offers a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Kids can splash around in the interactive water features, from fountains and sprayers to tipping buckets, while parents relax in the shaded seating areas. With its colourful play structures and joyful atmosphere, the Water Play Park is a must-visit destination for families looking to make lasting memories in Mildura.

Pic credit: Visit Victoria / October 2013 – March 2014 – Roberto Seba

Visit the extraordinary Perry Sand Hills

Experience the most incredible site and a thrilling day out at Perry Sandhills near Mildura! According to geologists, the Perry Sandhills emerged around 40,000 years ago. Shaped by wind erosion over time, they literally look like the Sahara desert and span a huge 400 acres. The craziest part? They’re always on the move. Intriguingly, over the years the sandhills have yielded fossilised remains of massive prehistoric creatures such as kangaroos, lions, emus, and wombats. They have also served as a camp and hunting ground for Aboriginal tribes, and ongoing discoveries are continuously shedding light on their historical presence as the sands shift. During a visit to these shifting sand dunes, slide down the slopes on a board or soak in the stunning views. Don’t miss out on special events like Music Under The Stars!

Take a stroll at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

Do you love a visit to botanic gardens? Just outside of Mildura, the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens can be found, sprawling across over 200 hectares. These impressive gardens are a haven of biodiversity that will leave you feeling at one with nature. Step into a world of vibrant colors and captivating scents as you wander through themed gardens that celebrate the unique flora of the Australian inland. We’re talking about everything from awe-inspiring Australian Desert Gardens to the enchanting Native Wetland Gardens.

But the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens is more than just a pretty sight. It’s a hub of knowledge and conservation, offering guided tours and informative displays to deepen your understanding of the incredible plant life that thrives here. Take a tour, learn a little and connect with nature at one of the country’s best botanic gardens.

Explore World Heritage Listed Mungo National Park

Calling all nature and geology fans, get ready for an adventure like no other! Mildura is under two hours away from the World Heritage Listed Mungo National Park in New South Wales. This incredible park is not just a place of natural beauty, but also a treasure trove of history and culture. Head here for the day and immerse yourself in the secrets of the land as you explore this ancient landscape, which has been home to Aboriginal people for over 40,000 years. Discover the fascinating stories of their traditions and way of life that is preserved within these sacred grounds.

Mungo National Park is famous for its remarkable archaeological finds, including the renowned Mungo Lady and Mungo Man. These ancient remains offer a glimpse into the lives of early humans and provide valuable insights into our shared history. During your visit, you’ll be able to marvel at the extraordinary formations that have been crafted by the forces of wind and water over countless years. The iconic Walls of China will take your breath away as you witness the breathtaking beauty of nature’s artistry. Trust us, this is not just a visit to a park – it’s an extraordinary expedition into the past!

Add a dose of arts and culture to your trip

The Mildura Arts Centre stands as a vibrant hub of creativity and cultural expression in the heart of Mildura. This iconic venue hosts a diverse range of artistic performances, exhibitions, and events that captivate and inspire audiences of all ages. Why not catch a show, or pop in for an event that catches your eye? From thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions to captivating theatre productions, dance performances, and live music concerts, the Mildura Arts Centre showcases the best of local, national, and international talent.

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Kayak on the Murray River

Amongst the many things to do in Mildura, kayaking is a favourite. Rent a kayak from Dockside Mildura Cafe Kayak Hire and explore the river’s beauty. Kings Billabong is another popular spot for kayaking near Mildura, offering a chance to enjoy nature and spot wildlife. Hoping for a real adventure and maybe guided experiences? Check out Moontongue Eco Adventures, which offers paddling adventures on the Murray and Darling Rivers. Mildura provides calm rivers, stunning scenery, and abundant wildlife, making it a perfect destination for kayaking alone, with friends or with family.

Discover the heritage village of Wentworth

When enjoying an escape to Mildura, there’s no harm in popping over to the heritage village of Wentworth. This charming little spot, nestled at the meeting point of the mighty Murray and Darling Rivers, will transport you back in time. Stroll through the streets, where beautifully preserved colonial buildings whisper stories of its bustling river port days in the 19th century. Explore the Wentworth Pioneer Museum and learn about life way back when. But that’s not all. Take some time to explore the iconic Old Wentworth Gaol, where tales of daring escapes and notorious characters will give you a real thrill!

Spend a beautiful day at Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

Nestled in the heart of Victoria’s sun-drenched Mallee region, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park is a nature lover’s paradise waiting to be explored. This captivating park boasts a diverse landscape of wetlands, lakes, and sand dunes, creating a haven for a wide array of flora and fauna. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the park as you wander along scenic walking tracks, spot rare bird species, or embark on a memorable canoeing adventure along the tranquil lakes. With its breathtaking sunsets casting a golden glow over the vast wilderness, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park offers an unforgettable escape into the beauty of nature, where peace and wonder embrace you at every turn.

Beer taps

Visit a brewery or local distillery

After a hard day exploring the region, kick back with a beer. Experience the laid-back atmosphere of Mildura Brewery pub, where you can indulge in delicious casual-style dining while sipping on a couple of refreshing craft beers. Taste a variety of seasonal ales, pilsners, lagers, and stouts with a beer tasting paddle amongst original art-deco architecture, in the beautiful beerhall.

Otherwise, if you’re more of a spirit kind of person, then Fossey’s is your best bet. Fossey’s Distillery is a boutique distillery known for its exceptional spirits and quirky atmosphere. This fun spot specialises in the production of gin and whisky, with a focus on creating flavours that are both exceptional and distinct. What’s great about Fossey’s is that the distillery is housed in an iconic building in Mildura’s CBD. Make sure you stop by for a tasting and tour, or enjoy time spent in the gin garden, where guests can relax and enjoy the lush surroundings.

Unleash your swing at Mildura Golf Resort

Mildura Golf Resort is an outstanding destination for a wide range of visitors, whether you’re a golf enthusiast, a family on vacation, or a couple seeking a romantic getaway. The resort boasts meticulously maintained greens, challenging fairways, and awe-inspiring views, promising an unforgettable golfing experience. Additionally, guests can indulge in amenities, including modern accommodation, diverse dining options, ample outdoor spaces, and a variety of recreational activities.

Cafes in Mildura

BLK MLK Speciality Coffee

BLK MLK Specialty Coffee is a popular cafe located in Mildura, Australia. Known for its specialty coffee and vibrant atmosphere, BLK MLK offers a unique and enjoyable coffee experience. The cafe sources its coffee beans from 5 Senses Coffee Roasters and uses a custom Synesso Hydra MVP espresso machine to create delicious and expertly crafted coffee beverages.

Cafe 1909

One of the most popular cafes located on the Mildura Riverfront, Cafe 1909 offers stunning views of the Murray River. The cafe is renowned for its picturesque location and unparalleled river views and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, providing a range of delicious options for all-day dining.

Interior at Stefano’s cafe

Stefanos Cafe

Start your morning with Mildura’s best coffee at Stefano’s Cafe. Sit al fresco under the vines for breakfast or take in the latest art exhibition while enjoying lunch and a glass of wine. After your visit, you can take home a taste of Mildura with local food products, including Stefano’s own pasta sauce, preserves, olive oil, or vinegar. Additionally, the cellar door at Stefano’s Cafe stocks Stefano’s Wine range, as well as other local and imported specialty wines. You can also find Tabletop Grapes and Murray River Pink Salt among the offerings.

Restaurants in Mildura

Fairways Bistro

Step into the welcoming embrace of Fairways Bistro, nestled within the picturesque Mildura Golf Resort. Overlooking the sprawling golf course, their inviting ambiance and an array of culinary delights await. Join them for themed nights – Burger Night (Wed), Pasta Night (Thu), and Parma Night (Fri) – promising a culinary adventure every week. Open for you from lunch to dinner (Wed-Fri) and exclusively for dinner (Sat-Sun).

Treat your taste buds to affordable, delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce by their skilled Head Chef Andrew Myers and his team. The menu caters to all ages, ensuring everyone leaves satisfied. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for the latest specials and updates here. For reservations or inquiries, call 03 5023 1147 . Your table is waiting!


Thai-Riffic offers a modern Thai fusion cuisine experience for all tastes. The restaurant features a fully-licensed dining area and is known for its tantalising flavours and authentic Thai dishes. From classic favorites like Pad Thai and Massaman Curry to innovative creations, Thai-Riffic aims to deliver a memorable dining experience for its customers.

Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey is a sophisticated food, coffee, and brunch spot in Mildura. Housed in a 100-year-old heritage-listed building, it is an all-day dining destination in the heart of Mildura’s CBD. The interior features warm wood, concrete, and brick, with touches of greenery and industrial finishes. They also host monthly Friday night dinners.

Andy’s Kitchen

At Andy’s Kitchen, you can enjoy a tasty meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether it be under the heated area in the Bali Hut or in the front restaurant with the wood fire and open visible kitchen. Using only the freshest quality produce our team of award-winning chefs just keep stimulating your taste buds with their daily specials!

The Province

The Province, situated on Langtree Avenue in Mildura, is a top-notch fine dining restaurant. Chef and owner Matt De Angelo invites guests to enjoy delicious, flavorful Italian cuisine in a romantic setting, characterized by dark wood, white-clothed tables, and soft downlighting.

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Mildura Golf Resort is a fantastic destination for anyone, from golf enthusiasts to families and romantic getaways. With its meticulously maintained greens, challenging fairways, and stunning views, the resort offers an unforgettable golfing experience. Beyond golf, visitors can enjoy top-notch facilities, including modern accommodation, dining options, lots of outdoor space and a range of recreational activities.