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To get to Mildura by plane, Regional Express flies daily from Melbourne or Sydney.
It's about 6 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne (550 km), 4 hours from Adelaide, (400 km) 8 hours drive from Canberra (810km), and 11 hours (1027 km) from Sydney.
Written Apr 17, 2004
Two years ago on one of my last visits to Mildura, I noticed there was a growing turkish population (by the Turkish Social Club rooms in town and also the many souvlaki shops) but apart from that, I felt it was lacking in multiculturalism and was more just a typically
'aussie' town, as many places this far off the beaten track are.... this trip I was really surprised, to notice African people in the street and several other nationalities, and I noticed the city had a Vietnamese restaurant for the first time.
I paid a visit to the Mildura Library and visitor centre, and came across a huge flag display, one flag for each country now represented by the people living in Mildura... at least 30 different countries, as diversely different as Turkey, Samoa, Africa, Iran, Vietnam and more.
For Mildura's ethnic diversity to have increased so much so rapidly, I believe they must successfully be taking part in the government's Regional Migration scheme (where it is made slightly easier for internationals to relocate to a regional area of Australia where there are skill shortages, if those internationals agree to work in that rural area for at least 2-3 years, after which time they have a greater chance of receiving a permanent residency visa.... I don't understand the whole scheme, but if you're interested, have a look on the Australian DIMIA (Department of Immigration) website.
Written Oct 9, 2005
The Murray Basin around Mildura is a wine and fruit growing region. So far, it is considered free of fruit-flies and farmers want it to stay free of fruit-flies.
Entering this region, the same quarantine restrictions apply as on the interstate borders. Fruit and vegetables cannot be taken into the Murray Basin. Cars entering have to stop at checkpoints along the roads and will be controlled. So finish off all food and veggies you might be carrying before entering the prohibited zone.
I liked the sign with the drawing... LOL, Germans will imediately recall Loriot's Bernhard Grzimek parody about the stone lice (Steinlaus)...
Written Apr 25, 2009
Sometimes the bosses try to keep money from you, keep an eye on it!
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you know how much you've worked, what your rate is and how much taxes you have to pay. Threaten them if you don't get your money right away, it works the best. Another thing is, you can be without work from one day on to the other when all the fruit has been picked.
Fun Alternatives: Well, fruit picking is full of risks, that's what makes it a lot of fun!
Written Feb 13, 2006