Your Ultimate Guide to Mildura
18th September 2023
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.
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
Langtree Hall Museum
Historic Walking Areas
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
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
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
Explore World Heritage Listed Mungo National Park
Add a dose of arts and culture to your trip
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
Spend a beautiful day at Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
Visit a brewery or local distillery
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.
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.
Restaurants in Mildura
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!
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, 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.