More than just the houseboating heart of Australia, Mildura is flowing with cultural, heritage, sporting and foodie indulgences all year round. And all centred on the legendary Murray River.
Mildura is one of Australia’s biggest regional art hubs and boasts a full calendar of events from the renowned Mildura Summer Music Festival to the winter Mildura Writers Festival. No culture-vulture is left wanting. And boasting Victoria’s busiest regional airport with multiple daily flights direct to Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Mildura is so accessible.
If action and water sports are more your style, Mildura’s waterfront is the place to be. From the deck of your houseboat or riverside caravan, take the plunge waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or trying to hook a huge Murray cod.
A short drive from Mildura, see the natural wonder of Perry Sandhills – 10 hectares of striking red sandhills – or further beyond delve into the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park to see Aboriginal sites dating back 50,000 years preserved in this arid and spectacular lunar landscape.
Renowned celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri is synonymous with Mildura and represents the high quality food and wine offerings throughout the region. Be sure to meander along, as well as stopping to experience the many great restaurants of ‘Feast Street’ in the heart of Mildura.
A few minutes out of town and also with majestic river views, enjoy wine tasting and lunch at award-winners such as the Gol Gol Pub or Trentham Estate Winery. Timing your visit to coincide with either the first or third Saturday of each month will provide an irresistible reason to discover the best of local produce and delicacies at the Sunraysia Farmers’ Market, again set adjacent to Mildura’s tranquil and scenic riverbanks.
Perhaps you would prefer to sample it all? And you can from the comfort of your luxury houseboat! Cruise a relaxing 5km per hour along the legendary river, stopping off for a round of golf followed by a wine tasting and then dinner further upstream. The Mediterranean calm conditions coupled with year-round sunshine make Mildura exceptional for your next adventure, with something for everyone.