Nestled on the banks of the mighty Murray River, Mildura is an alluring destination with numerous water-based activities, renowned farm-to-table dining and natural spoils. You’ll quickly discover a local brewing and winery scene to rival most places in Australia, along with historic paddle steamers and vibrant art galleries.
Things to do in Mildura
Mildura is right on the Victoria-NSW border, so you’ll actually be entering New South Wales whenever you get on the Murray River. You’ll find plenty of reasons to do so, from luncheon cruises on the historic Paddle Steamer Melbourne to fishing excursions, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding.
Considered an integral part of Australia’s Food Bowl, Mildura boasts its fair share of renowned wineries. Tour Trentham Estate Winery, which overlooks the Murray River, before trying some of the 250 wines at Sunraysia Cellar Door. Time your visit for one of the farmers markets held on two Saturdays each month. Here you’ll find local produce, artisan cheeses and conserves, fresh fruit and live music.
Discover Mildura’s resident artists, writers and performers by visiting the Mildura Arts Centre during an exhibition or live theatre show. Just across the street is Sculpture Park, where you can witness incredible sculptures in a serene setting. Simply walking through the town and following the Mildura Art Deco Walking Tour reveals a collection of beautiful buildings dating back to the 1800s.
Got time for a day trip? Drive about one hour to Kemendok National Park for water skiing, fishing, canoeing and waterfront picnics. You’re also an easy drive from Mungo National Park, which features the town’s rich Aboriginal history and ancient ochre sand dunes.
Getting around Mildura
You can fly into Mildura Airport or catch long-distance buses from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Mildura is a compact town easily explored on foot or by using the local taxis. However, if you want to venture further afield, it’s best to organise a tour or hire a car.