On the water
Stretching for over 2500 kilometres, the Murray River is Australia’s longest river. And Mildura capitalises on its location along it with plenty of water-based activities. Step aboard one of Mildura Paddle Steamers’ historic vessels Paddle Steamer Melbourne, Paddle Boat Mundoo and Paddle Vessel Rothbury for a lunch, dinner or winery cruise. Prefer to go at it on your own? Hire a canoe or kayak from Wild Side Outdoors or a paddleboard, pedal boat or tinny from Mildura Dockside Marina. Kids will enjoy the water jets at Mildura Water Play Park, located on Hugh King Drive, overlooking the river.
Wineries & Breweries
Mildura is home to five wineries, all with cellar doors. Chateau Mildura is the oldest, established in 1888. Trentham Estate has a restaurant where you can dine on the seasonal fare on its lawns or the balcony. And Sunraysia Cellar Door has over 250 wines, as well as olive oils, dried fruit and coffee. Oak Valley Estate and Lindeman’s Wines are also worth visiting. More of a beer fan? Drop by Mildura Brewery to taste its homemade brews. Tucked into a former theatre, the venue is also open for lunch or dinner. Prefer spirits? Swing by Fossey’s, a boutique distillery making gins, whiskeys and vodkas.
Attractions & Activities
When it comes to family-friendly fun, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Mildura. Sink balls in holes at Putt-Putt Fun Centre, an 18-hole miniature golf course, swim at Mildura, ride a train through an orchard and avocado canopy and taste freshly-squeezed orange juice at Orange World and get an understanding of how boats and paddle steamers pass through different sections of Murray River at Mildura Weir and Lock 11.
After some history and culture? For insight into the area’s history, tour Rio Vista Historic House, considered to be Mildura’s most important heritage building. And arts and culture-wise, check out contemporary art at gallery The Art Vault, an exhibition or play at Mildura Arts Centre or a sculpture or installation at the centre’s Sculpture Park.
The city is also filled with countless park areas, perfect for morning or afternoon strolls. Walk along the water on the 4.2-kilometre-long Majestic Murray River Walk. Amble past the old railway yards and a grand homestead now used to display local artwork on the 2.2-kilometre-long Town to Rio Vista Walk. And stride from the Mildura CBD to Arts Centre via the Riverfront on a 3.5-kilometre-long walk, stopping at the many shops and cafés along the way. For more shopping, visit the Sunraysia Farmers Market, which falls on the first and third Saturday morning of every month.