Mildura Things to Do

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    Information Center 2

    by Kate-Me Written Jan 7, 2004

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    canoe tree with bark emu figures at the base

    There is also a good amount of Aboriginal local history to be learned about in the Visitor Information Centre. They've even relocated this old Canoe tree inside the centre itself, as an exhibit.
    Canoe trees were trees where the bark of the tree was cut by the aborigines to make canoes. Eventually the bark would start to re grow, but there would always be the canoe shaped scar in the trunk of the tree.
    In the southern states of Australia, canoe trees are some of the only visible relics on the landscape, and even then, to see them you need to know what you're looking for and to be able to tell the difference between a canoe tree and a tree that's been struck by lightning.

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Aboriginal Info

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 17, 2004

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    The Information Centre has a good display and plenty of information on Aboriginal culture in the area.

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