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Also named the 'Murray Outback' this region is centred around Mildura in the north west of the state where the Darling River joins the Murray.Mildura is among Victoria's largest regional towns and the centre for a large fruit growing district, particularly citrus and sultana grapes, and developed by the innovation of irrigation methods introduced by the Chaffey brothers who opened the arid region to agriculture.
Several satellite towns like Red Cliffs, Merbein and Irymple on the Victorian side of the river and Wentworth, Buronga and Gol Gol on the New South Wales side contribute to a thriving economy.
Tourism plays a large part in the economy and there are some 30 motels and several caravan parks providing for travellers along the Sturt Hwy between Adelaide and Sydney. It is an ideal first stop along the way at just over 400km from Adelaide.
Several paddle-steamers and riverboats provide cruises along the river which is central to the majority of carnivals held annually. Balloon flights, scenic flights and water sports are available and the airport is serviced by all domestic airlines.
The area around Mildura has several national parks including the Murray Sunset and Hattah-Kulkyne parks.
There are many attractions to visit. Rio Vista was once the home of the Chaffey brothers and is now an art gallery, Woodsie's Gem Shop has gems and stones from all over the country, the Workingman's Club until recently had the world's longest bar, the old Gaol at Wentworth is open to the public, and 'Big Lizzee' at Red Cliffs is a massive steam engine on display in a park at the centre of the town. Well appointed Information Centres in both Mildura and Wentworth will give you dozens of things to see and do.
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