Mildura Things to Do

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    Hire a Houseboat

    by Merebin Written May 13, 2014
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    Houseboat hire is a popular way to experience the Murray River. With fantastic views of the river constantly on offer, and not much to do other than relax, it is easy to understand why. There are a range of houseboat operators operating out of the Mildura region. Houseboat hire is an excellent option for families or groups of people, as most houseboats have multiple berths which makes the per person cost quite reasonable. Hire costs also vary with the season - with Christmas and Easter being the busiest times. Hiring a houseboat outside of peak times can also alter the cost significantly, as can the size of the houseboat hired.

    If fishing isn't your thing, some houseboat operators allow you to choose options such as having bicycles or kayaks included as part of your hire. Going through Lock 11 is also an interesting experience and there are good riverside walking trails in many places, which gives you the opportunity to get off the boat and explore. If you get tired of self catering, restaurants such as the Gol Gol Pub and Trentham Estate Winery have places to park a houseboat while you enjoy their hospitality.

    There is no special license required to drive a houseboat - an ordinary car license is fine. However, if you wish to fish you do need a license - most houseboat operators can help you with that. As the Murray River is officially a New South Wales waterway, a NSW fishing license is needed.

    Bookings can be made online with most houseboat operators in the region.

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    Go on a Paddlesteamer cruise

    by Merebin Written Jul 28, 2013
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    A cruise onboard one of Mildura's iconic paddle steamers provides an ideal way to explore the Murray River. Birds often abound, particularly huge beaked pelicans, and the scenery is a mix of riverside houses with manicured lawns and native river red gums and bushland.

    There are 3 paddle steamers operating in Mildura - the Rothbury, the Melbourne and the Mundoo. There are a range of cruise options that can take in experiences such as going through Lock 11, visiting a winery or including lunch or dinner. Cruises leave every day from the Mildura wharf, located just off Seventh Street in the city heart.

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    Visit the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

    by Merebin Written Jul 27, 2013

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    The Australian Inland Botanic Gardens are located in Buronga, NSW, only a 15 minute drive from Mildura. Since the first plantings in 1991 the garden has grown to use much more of its 150 hectare site by featuring a range of rare and common plants from Australia and around the world.

    Plants are organized according to their continent or country of origin. Australian natives are organized by state and everything from plants that survive in the arid interior to tropical coastal dwellers are featured. Summerhouses are dotted throughout the property, including one that features a beautiful seed pod decorated ceiling.

    Notable trees include the 'Wow' tree, so called because of its impressive history. It is a huge mallee tree, a tree indigenous to the region, but is special in both its size and its age. The base of the tree is thought to be approximately 2500 years old. Not far from the Wow tree stands a Wollemi pine. The Wollemi pine was thought to be extinct until a botanist stumbled across a small grove of them in the mountains near Sydney - pretty much the floral equivalent of coming face to face with a dinosaur. The location of the Wollemi pines was kept secret while a population was cultivated to ensure the survival of the ancient species and botanic gardens like this one play their part in this.

    The Gardens provide a great place for functions with a converted woodshed and a bush chapel which is popular for weddings. There is also a shop (limited opening hours) with some souvenirs and tea and coffee available. Tours are available at times (contact the Gardens for more information) or there are self guided walks that can be enjoyed without a guide.

    The Gardens are largely managed and looked after by a team of volunteers and entry is by donation.

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    Spend time on the Murray River

    by Merebin Updated Apr 1, 2013
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    At over 2000 kilometers in length, the mighty Murray winds its way from Victoria's high country to the sea in South Australia. Australia's longest river, it meanders through inland plains, forming a natural border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales. The Murray - Darling Basin, in which Mildura is found, is widely known as the food bowl of the nation as the river system provides much needed irrigation to farming communities along its banks, including the Mildura region. In fact, the settlement of Mildura was largely due to its riverside location.

    The ancient river system was important to the indigenous tribes living in the area prior to white settlement and middens (shell pits) and canoe trees (scars left from the cutting of wood canoes) can still be seen, in places, by the river.

    Apart from providing the basis for much local industry, the Murray is also the region's playground. Paddle steamers carry tourists, rather than their more traditional cargo, as they chug their way upstream, reminiscent of earlier days. Camping, fishing, hiking, water-skiing, swimming and house -boating are just some of the activities on offer, with locals and tourists alike taking up the opportunity to enjoy the river.

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    Visit Mungo National Park

    by Merebin Updated Mar 11, 2013
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    Mungo is located in the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes region of southern New South Wales - approximately 110km from Mildura. The long history of Australia's aboriginal people is evident in the region with the discovery of many ancient artefacts, including Mungo Man (the world's oldest human cremation) and human footprints dating from the last ice age. Evidence of human habitation here stretches back 50,000 years, making this one of the oldest places in the world, outside of Africa, to have evidence of modern humans. Incredible rock formations, sculpted through thousands of years of wind and erosion, make the area popular with photographers, especially at sunset.

    It is possible to stay at Mungo - there is accommodation available in the Shearer's Quarters at Mungo, or there are options very close to the park. Mungo Lodge provides more luxurious 4 star accommodation and Turlee Station has a range of accommodation options. For more information on accommodation, visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks/parkAccommodation.aspx?id=N0049

    There are guided tours of Mungo (easily arranged from Mildura), or you will need to have your own transport to get there. Once at Mungo there are self guided drives and walks available.

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    Visit the Perry Sandhills

    by Merebin Written Mar 10, 2013
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    The constantly shifting sands of the Perry Sandhills have provided a backdrop to a range of TV and film shoots, as well as being a favored place by locals for picnics and sand boarding. That said, you will often find that you have the sandhills completely to yourself. The red sand dunes were once part of the extensive ancient Willandra Lakes region, and are said to have originated approximately 40,000 years ago. Skeletons of long extinct megafauna have been found in the area (some remains on display in the nearby museum in Wentworth) and it was a significant site for camping and hunting for the local Aboriginal tribes.

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    Paddle Boating

    by sneakye Written Mar 19, 2006

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    What a pleasant way to see a bit of the river than to take a paddle boat.
    There are lots of different rides you can do - but we chose to go on
    an hour ride up the Murray.
    Boats can be hired for functions or for day trips

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    Paddle Boating

    by sneakye Written Mar 19, 2006

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    Emma steering the boat!

    What a pleasant way to see a bit of the river than to take a paddle boat.
    There are lots of different rides you can do - but we chose to go on
    an hour ride up the Murray.
    Boats can be hired for functions or for day trips

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    Paddle Steamer boat trip

    by didgeridorien Written Feb 13, 2006
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    You can take a boat trip on the Murray River with a paddle steamer, which is quite unique. You go through a lock and you get to see a lot of birds. There are some of the greatest chairs on deck, so you can chill and watch the scenery.

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    Woodsie's Gem Shop

    by Kate-Me Written Oct 9, 2005

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    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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    Perry Sandhills

    by Kate-Me Written Oct 5, 2005

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    The Perry Sandhills don't cover a wide area, but are quite striking regardless, since they are in the middle of a very flat landscape where the main vegetation is stunted small scrubland and open paddocks.
    It is forbidden to sand drive on them, but you can still have a lot of other fun climbing on them (and we saw the remains of toboggans made of flattened cardboard boxes)
    We were there not long before sunset, and it was great.

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    Inland Botanical Gardens

    by Kate-Me Written Oct 5, 2005

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    Quite an extensive botanical gardens, with several large rose gardens, but for the most part, native plants and trees and walking trails. The rockery plant area near the rose garden is a good place to see native birds feeding on nectar in the mornings.

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    King's Billabong Nature Reserve

    by leffe3 Written Mar 2, 2005

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    A few kms east of the centre in Irymple is the King's Billabong Nature Reserve. Tracks cut through the waterways of the billabong and make for relatively easy hikes through to some lovely wetlands. The billabong is fed by the flood waters of the Murray and its well worth heading out for a couple of hours stroll.

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    Vineyard Tours

    by leffe3 Written Mar 2, 2005

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    Oh boy. Mildura and surrounds is just about totally under the grape! Its a new industry that is contributing to the growth of the town. To see red soil and then row upon row upon row upon row of vines is an extraordinary site. And there are so many vineyards to chose from, its wholly dependent on your tastes as to which to head for.

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    Apex Beach

    by leffe3 Written Mar 2, 2005

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    A kilometre or so out of town is one of the few official Murray River beaches. Its a great spot to while away an afternoon (chances are that in Mildura the weather will be fine for you to be able to do it moreorless all year round). Swimming in the Murray is something else! The only warning is never to junp in if you can't see the bottom and watch out for snags underwater. But its worth doing at least once!

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