On a bend in the river, on the edge of the outback, Mildura is all about food, wine and sunshine. There’s no end of things to do in, on and around the water.
Most visitors to The Murray want to experience a Paddle Steamer for good reason - they’re a beautiful, historic way to explore the river and you can enjoy a drink in the sunshine while you do it. Cruises aboard P.S. Melbourne and P.V Rothbury depart Mildura every day.
If you love the colours of nature, you’ll want to see the Pink Lakes of Murray Sunset National Park. It’s Victoria’s largest national park, so you might want more than a day to explore it, but the Pink Lakes are day trip-able from Mildura and there are some short, easy walks to enjoy.
There’s plenty to do close to town too; Woodsies Gem Shop is more than a great place to buy locally sourced gems and handmade jewellery, you can also watch craftspeople cutting grinding and polishing gemstones and check out the family’s collection of fossils and carvings. Beside the river, Mildura’s Powerhouse Precinct is undergoing an exciting redevelopment to create a cultural and community hub. There are already a couple of cafes dotted through the parklands, so grab a properly made coffee before you set off on your day’s exploring. Coffee, breakfast and lunch options in town include Nash Lane and Brother Chris. Or try Soluna, which focuses on biodynamically grown local produce – be sure to ask about their take-home meals, packed for travellers.
Stefani di Pieri put his adopted hometown of Mildura on the culinary map in 1991 when his book, ‘A Gondola On The Murray,’ brought the traditions of Venice together with the produce of The Murray. Today, Stefano’s Restaurant continues the story, with a set menu that reflects the seasons and the Italian belief that simple, thoughtful cooking creates the most memorable meals. Another fine dining option is The Province where chef and owner Matt de Angelo creates innovative Italian dishes, perfect for a romantic dinner.
For something more relaxed, ditch the car and spend an afternoon or evening at Fossey’s Ginporium and Distillery in the heart of town. If you’re there on a Thursday, don’t miss the live ‘Distillation’ experience.