Location Mildura, Victoria, 3500
On the edge of the Australian outback and an oasis by the Murray River, Mildura offers pretty citrus groves and vineyards, endless sunshine, great food and wine, and abundant water-based activities.
Renowned for fine food and wine, Mildura is the home of celebrity restaurateur Stefano de Pieri. Thanks to his ?Gondola on the Murray? TV series and cookbooks, the town has developed a reputation for excellent food and the quality and diversity of its produce.
The Murray River itself is a major draw and a great destination for a water-based holiday. Captain your own houseboat, enjoy a cruise on a historic old paddle steamer, paddle a canoe, swim, waterski or soak up the sun on a river beach.
Beyond the lush, green countryside of the riverbanks stretches the Australian outback. Explore the sand hills of Mungo National Park, a sublime, ancient environment containing some of Australia's most significant Aboriginal sites. Visit the Mallee with its abundant wildlife, rugged outback scenery and striking sunsets at national parks like Hattah-Kulkyne and Murray-Sunset.
THINGS TO DO :
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Dining ~ For a memorable experience in fine dining, try Stefano's award-winning restaurant in the cellars of the Mildura Grand Hotel.
Food and wine ~ Discover excellent wineries in the area or visit the Sunraysia Farmers' Market and sample the delicious local produce.
Boating ~ Cruise along the Murray River on an historic paddle steamer or spend a few days exploring the river on a houseboat.
Canoe, kayak, ride or walk with Sunraysia's only Ecotourism Australia Accredited Tour provider - book your tour online
Mungo National Park ~ Visit Mungo National Park with an Aboriginal guide and gain a unique insight into the Aboriginal dreamtime heritage.
Mildura Ballooning ~ Take an early morning hot air balloon flight and enjoy spectacular views over the patchwork of vineyards and winding Murray River.
MAJOR EVENTS :
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival - March
Mildura Writers festival - July
Mildura Country Music Festival - September/October
Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival - November
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show November
Directions: Mildura is approximately 5.5 hours from Melbourne along the Sunraysia, Calder and Murray Valley highways. A number of regional airlines service Mildura from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Flying time is approximately one hour. Coach travel and train links are also available from major cities