Enjoy the rugged outback plains as you head back to Mildura. With industrial decor and menu to rival top Melbourne cafés indulge in brunch at Brass Monkey sipping an Aperol or Lychee Spritz with the Brass specialty breakfast of medium fried eggs, bacon, apple cider pork sausage, confit truss tomato, sauteed greens, onion relish and sourdough.
Today your outdoor encounter involves the majestic, glistening pink salt lakes of outback Australia. Murray Sunset National Park is dotted with shallow and expansive natural pink salt lakes best enjoyed on a tour with Murray Offroad Adventures. Drive through open outback plains with kangaroos bounding beside you. Get up close to the sand dunes and see the sparkling salt lakes from a prime vantage point guided by locals that know it best. Keen photographers will want to book a flight with Murray Darling Scenic Flights who also offer tours of Lake Tyrrell from the sky.
How do the salt lakes get their pink hue? The salt makes them the perfect habitat for a single-celled algae which produces pink or red carotenoids to protect their chlorophyll cells and help photosynthesis which gives the lake its pink colour. The depth of colour varies throughout the year, but is most prominent after rain. Even if you're travelling while the pink hues are muted, the reflections are enough to take your breath away.
Don’t want to go home just yet? Why not turn your three day getaway into an extended holiday with two nights on a houseboat cruising along the Murray River. A romantic escape for couples or a fun family adventure, Mildura Houseboats have 14 houseboats on offer to fit from 2-12 people, and a hot tub on the deck for the ultimate way to watch the bubblegum sunsets pop across the horizon. Check out their pet-friendly options so no family member need be left behind.
Mildura’s waterfront provides the opportunity to splash, sink a line, water-ski, canoe or kayak or simply unwind and enjoy from the deck of your houseboat. Muster up some supplies from the local Sunraysia Farmers Market (every first and third Saturday of the month) for a tasty picnic on the banks or to fry up on the BBQ aboard your houseboat.
After an adventurous 72 hours with a full camera roll and a newfound appreciation for Australia’s outback history, depart on your journey home.