Mildura - Victoria 3500|
Population: 30,000, Area 60,000|
Location: 560km north west of Melbourne
406 East of Adelaide
Highway: Sturt and Calder Hwys
Nearest Major Town: Mildura
Nearest Airport: Mildura
Touring Area: Sunraysia
Rio Vista Historic Home and Gallery
Paddle steamer Melbourne at Mildura
Picking grapes at Mildura
Mildura is on the fringe of the 'Outback', a fertile desert brought
to life by the waters of the mighty rivers Murray and Darling, which converge
near Mildura. The clear blue skies and sparkling waters are splendid back-drops
to the rural and entertainment activities which abound throughout 'Sunraysia'.
The regional name 'Sunraysia' was originally chosen to identify the dried
fruits from the Mildura district. It produces 80% of Australia's sultanas, currants
and raisins, and a significant amount of wine, table grapes, citrus, stonefruit
Rio Vista, the imposing home of one the of the two brothers who founded Mildura,
William Chaffey, has now been developed into an Arts and Heritage Centre. the
beautifully restored mansion is a fine example of very early Queen Anne architecture.
Adjacent to the original building are an art gallery, theatre. museum and amphitheatre.
the gallery includes works by Fred McGubbin and Sir Arthur Streeton, and a comprehensive
display of contemporary art and sculpture. The quality and varied aspects of
the centre are major attractions in Mildura,
The rivers are a focus for both relaxing and invigorating activities. Abundant
Murray Cod, perch and bream can be fished; historic paddle boats and house-boats
ply the waterways among copious numbers of pelicans, swans, white storks, heron,
wild ducks and other species. More strenuous use of the rivers is made by water
skiers and rowers. Each year in September the annual paddle steamer race draws large numbers
of visitors and if it coincides with your visit ...don't miss it.
There are many informative and entertaining attractions to see in Mildura.
Orange World includes tractor tours through the orange groves. Humpty Dumpty's
Tourist Farm has egg-packing tours and educational videos. Visitors move easily
among the exhibits at the Golden River Zoo; Woodsie's Gem factory is one of
Australia's largest jewellery manufacturing complexes. It includes Aladdin's
Cave with glowing rocks, glittering crystals and fossils, a cafeteria in an
unique cave-like structure, a crazy maze in the gardens, a shop and workshop.
The Mildura R.S.L. has poker machines. Larger gaming complexes are in New
South Wales at Coomealla (Dareton) and at Wentworth. The Mildura Working Mens'
Club until recently boasted the longest bar the world, and is well worth a cold one on your
There are numerous caravan parks, motels and holiday apartments available
and many of them will be found in these pages. For further information on Mildura
and the surrounding area, The Sunraysia Tourist Information Centre will be found
in Deakin Avenue, Mildura 3500 Victoria. Telephone 03 5021 4424.
Things to See
Paddleboat 'Coonawarra' has cruise itineries from 3 to
5 days. the paddleboat has been re-furbished within to provide private accommodation.
Bookings can be made on 03 5023 3366.
The Showboat 'Avoca' has both day and night cruises. It departs
daily at noon from Mildura Wharf for 2 hour cruises up-stream. Evening cruises
depart at 7.00pm. Thursdays: 7.30pm. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Evening cruises
include meals and live entertainment.
Paddlesteamer 'Melbourne' conducts daily trips from Mildura
Wharf at 10.50am. and 1.50pm. (Saturdays only during holidays)
Paddleboat 'Rothbury' departs Mildura Wharf at 9.50am. Wednesdays
and at 10.30am. Thursdays. Trips include lunch, tea/coffee, and commentary.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Rio Vista Art Gallery
Woodsies Gem Shop
Mungo National Park
Mercure Hotel Mildura 120 Eighth St, Mildura VIC 3500 Ph: (03) 5051 2500
Quality Resort Inlander 373 Deakin Ave, Mildura VIC 3500 Ph: (03) 5023 3823
Buronga Riverside Caravan Park 71a Caravan Park Rd. Buronga. NSW Ph: (03) 5023 3040
Big4 Mildura Crossroads Holiday Park 860 Fifteenth St, Mildura, Victoria. 3500 Ph: (03) 5023 3239
Mildura: Sunraysia Tourism;
Deakin Ave. Mildura. Vic. 3500. Ph: 03 5021 4424
HOW TO GET THERE:
Access by road, rail, coach, domestic airport with all services.
On the Sturt, Silver City, Calder and Sunraysia Hwys.
Nearest capital city Adelaide,406km. west.
||© Copyright Peter W. Wilkins|