376 Deakin Avenue, Mildura, Victoria, 3500, Australia
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Start 2005 in Mildura
Heading to Mildura/Mungo Park on 1 or 2 January for a few days touring the area (Melbourne-Bendigo-Mildura-Euchuca-Melbourne). Any tips for places not to be missed on the drive through?
Re: Start 2005 in Mildura
Get info on Mungo in Buronga on the way through. The National Parks office is at the corner Sturt Highway and Melaleuca Street, over the river from Mildura. If you're interested in archaeology/prehistory, the more info the better.
Bendigo has a very interesting Chinese museum, garden and temple. Echuca has a reconstructed old town down by the Murray with paddle steamer cruises.
Along the Murray there are numerous small lakes with wildlife.
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I can advise Hattah-Kulkyne National Parc, a typical mallee reserve. You can find at the waterholes Kangaroes and many birds, and you see the typical native trees and vegetation! It is just south of the Hattah gas station the entrance. At the station a nice roadsign with all the large cities in the world!
Travel Tips for Mildura
Picnic by the river
There are plenty of nice places along the river in Mildura which are ideal for picnics or BBQs. Even in the heat of summer, the Murray's irrigation water means that the sloping banks along the river in town are green and grassy.
One of the places I most enjoyed was the park at Lock 11, where you could sit and watch the ferry and houseboats come and go through the lock, and pelicans and other birds like ducks going about their business.
Woodsie's Gem Shop
Woodsies is one of the largest touristy gem shop/gem display/cutting attractions of its kind in Australia.
It's both a well stocked, beautiful show room, with outdoor viewing area for the tumbling of stones and rocks, with an indoor demonstration room where a few times a day you can watch stones being cut and polished and listen to an explanation by the cutter (who makes it all look so easy, despite being so labour intensive), plus you can shop for souvenirs after admiring all the jewellery (much of it is very good value too) , visit the gem museum (the only part of the attraction you need to pay for, and at $3 it's cheap) where my favorite part of the exhibits is the room where rocks are put under ultraviolet light which makes them glow strangely, as if from within...
and then you can dine in the cafe which has been made to look like a cave, with the plaster on the ceiling shaped like the roof of a cave with stalactites coming down, or go through the maze outside....so there's lots to do for the whole family.
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