Located in the Sunraysia district, some 550 km from Melbourne, Mildura is one of Victoria’s major rural cities with a population of 24,000 souls.
The traditional Aboriginal owners of the country around Mildura are the Latje Latje and Paakantyi people. In the language of the Latje Latje people, the name Mildura means ‘red earth’.
Today, Mildura is the vibrant regional centre of the wider Sunraysia district, which has a population of some 50,000 souls. With an abundance of lush golf courses, citrus groves, vineyards and sandy river beaches, Mildura is an excellent base for an outback adventure. Fresh produce, wine and food are grown from the irrigated waters; and many farm gate stalls are available to remind you of the delicious taste of fresh oranges, stone fruits and berries.
The Mildura Arts Centre Complex is set on the banks of the Murray River and includes an Art Gallery, Amphitheatre and ‘Rio Vista’, original home of the Chaffery brothers, Mildura’s founding family, displays colonial household items; the Alfred Deakin Centre houses interactive exhibitions and displays of the region. The Mildura Wharf is famous for its paddle steamer river cruises while the fun park features a classic Australian ‘dunny’ collection.
Red Cliffs is an important area for the citrus and dried fruit industries. The town features the ‘ Big Lizzie’ steam traction engine. Other attractions near Mildura include the Murray-Sunset National Park, Lindsay Island and the Mungo National Park.
The Mediterranean-style climate and irrigated soils has contributed to making the Murray Darling into Victoria’s largest wine region with over 50 percent of Australia’s wines being produced in this region. Cellar doors offer tastings and wine sales of award winning wines and world famous names such as Lindemans and Mildara Blass.