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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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Huge range of choices, from pies and quiches to sandwiches, foccacias and dessert pastries.It's such a huge operation that you need to take a number on entering, and wait in the queue. I found the service after 12 noon tended to be rather slow.....like almost 15 minutes, even with many people serving..... fortunately though my lunch was delicious!I...more
Mildura is not the place you expect to find the place voted the Best Restaurant of the Year 2004 by The Age newspaper, but it is.Part of the Grand Hotel complex run by the Carazza family, this small (60 places), intimate restaurant is found in the cellars of the building dating from the beginning of the 19th century (sadly, over redevelopment in...more
Banjos I found an interesting bakery because its coffee section included coffees with many 'shot' options of liqueur. Expensive I'm sure to drink coffee this way, but I was almost tempted, just because it was different.Besides all the usual types of breads, the bakery had a good range of pastries.What amused me about this bakery (and indeed many...more
18 Reviews and Opinions
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.
This is just a general shopping tip to say that Mildura's Mall is quite attractive, with a good range of boutiques, clothing stores, a couple of department stores, homewares/furnishing stores, souvenir shops and more.
Another good point: parking nearby and no parking meters!
What to buy: I found the mall a good place to buy souvenirs.
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.
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)...
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!
Mungo National Park is 100 km north east of Mildura, but seems less off the beaten path these days than the last time we visited (several years ago) where the gravel road into the park was in much worse condition and the maximum speed a car or mini 4x4 could expect to go was about 50 km hr....this time, we had no trouble travelling most of the way...more
Between June 26 and July 3, 2004, Mildura will host the 16th World Hot Air Balloon Championship. There are 101 teams from 38 countries competing, with 140 balloons, so it should be quite a sight!I believe it's the first time it will ever be held in the Southern Hemisphere. There are other events connected with it, besides the competition, including...more
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...more