Where the outback meets the Murray, Mildura welcomes visitors with a thirst for adventure and an unwavering appreciation for nature’s unexpected wonders.
The Mildura region as we now know it encompasses the traditional lands of the Latji Latji, Nyeri Nyeri, Wergaia and Ngintait peoples of Victoria and the Barkindji peoples of New South Wales. After settlement began in the 1830s, the area experienced a growth spurt in population which peaked following the arrival of soldier settlers and post-war migrants from Italy, Ireland, Greece, England and former Yugoslavia. With them, they brought great cultivation skills that helped craft Mildura into the food bowl it is today.
The surrounding Sunraysia district is now home to more than 50,000 people who are scattered around the region on sprawling properties, in charming country towns and thriving regional hubs.
For visitors, Mildura’s biggest drawcard is the mighty Murray and its companion, the Darling River. Australia’s two largest rivers converge in the town of Wentworth where a viewing tower has been established to offer superb views of the two stream joining together.
Watersports on the Murray in Mildura
It should come as no surprise that boating and waterspouts are some of the top activities to get involved in. Kayaking, SUP and canoeing are extremely popular in the warmer months, and many travellers come here solely to hire a houseboat and cruise along the river for a days at a time. If you’re not so keen on being the skipper, you can leave it to the professionals on one of the many river cruise ships that operates along the Murray-Darling.
Go 4WDriving in Mildura Wetlands
You don’t have to be a 4WD enthusiast to enjoy the thrill of going off road in Mildura’s wilderness areas. There are a handful of tour operators that will take you on an epic adventure with everything taken care of. They’ll even pick you up from your hotel! Hitting the road with expert guides, you’ll explore Mildura’s forest and wetlands, and see hidden treasures other travellers might miss. We found an awesome half-day off-road adventure that includes a home cooked morning tea. If you’re a wine lover, this guided tour also includes a tasting at nearby Trentham Estate Winery where you’ll soak up some of the best views of the river with a glass of wine in hand.
Explore Hattah National Park
Another awesome off-road adventure, this guided 4WD tour takes you to the heart of Hattah National Park, famous for its fascinating wildlife and indigenous history. It’s an early start but you’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast on the shores of a pink salt lake before meandering along sandy tracks, through pine woodlands and across rushing waterways. As you make your way through the national park, your expert guide will unveil some of the interesting facts and folklore about the area, including a peek into the indigenous history of the land, from the ancient scar trees to the old campsite. Keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus and a whole range of birdlife.
Accommodation in Mildura
If you’re flying into Mildura with Rex or another carrier, Comfort Inn Deakin Palms is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the airport and offers free shuttle transfer for hotel guests. Here, close to the Mildura’s city centre, you’ll be in walking distance of restaurants, pubs and shopping centres. If it’s warm during your stay, cool off in the shaded, outdoor saltwater swimming pool and cook up a storm in the BBQ area. There’s also an onsite restaurant called Botanica is perfect if you don’t feel like cooking.
Stepping it up a notch, Quality Hotel Mildura Grand is a modern, stylish hotel set inside a wonderfully-preserved historic building. Staying here, you’ll be a stone’s throw from Mildura’s popular ‘feast street where you’ll find plenty of options for a delicious meal. It’s also an ideal base for those looking to experience Mildura’s natural treasures with hiking trails and paddleboat nearby. Every room has access to free in-house movies to wind down after a long day of exploring and the hotel boats a luxurious outdoor pool, rode garden and well-equipped gym. Plus, guests have no less than eight cafes and restaurants on the property to choose from.
If you’re just stopping in Mildura for the night, you might opt for the Econo Lodge Mildura. It’s a favourite among business and leisure travellers as a comfortable pit stop in the idyllic town. Guests here have access to free WiFi, Foxtel and parking, plus there’s a pool, sun lounging area and BBQ patio if you plan to stay a little longer.
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