Step onto the edge of the Australian outback and into an oasis by the Murray River. Sample the region's famous food and wine at citrus groves and vineyards, hit the water, or venture out into the rugged yet beautiful Mungo National Park.
Regional gourmet treat
Mildura's fine food and wine has made a mark all over Australia. Work up an appetite and head to Langtree Avenue, nicknamed 'Feast Street', one of Victoria's renowned dining strips. Sample a brew at the Mildura Brewery or visit the Chateau Mildura winery. The Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival is a greatly anticipated each year, combining live music with wine tastings and gourmet food events.
Mildura is also the home of chef Stefano de Pieri, the region's Tourism Ambassador for food and wine. His range of cookbooks, television programs and MasterChef guest appearances, has helped boost Mildura's reputation for excellent food and diverse produce. Awarded two hats by The Age Good Food Guide, de Pieri's iconic restaurant Stefano's is a must during your visit to Mildura.
Holiday on the water
Take off on a nineteenth century paddle steamer cruise or captain your own houseboat, making the occasional stop on sandy river beaches to experience the bliss of river life.
The Mildura 100 is an exciting pro waterskiing event that draws thousands to the region each year. Watch the pros, and then try it yourself. A number of local operators offer professional instruction in waterskiing and wakeboarding.
Dawn and dusk in the Outback
Beyond the lush, green countryside of the riverbanks stretches the vast Australian outback. See it in style via hot air balloon. Exhilarating balloon flights are worth getting up at dawn for, especially when followed up with a champagne breakfast.
Explore the sand hills of Mungo National Park, an ancient environment containing some of Australia's most significant Indigenous sites. Take in the outback scenery of the Mallee and be amazed by striking sunsets at Hattah-Kulkyne and Murray-Sunset national parks.
Admire Mildura's unique art deco architecture and get a crash course in Mildura's colourful history at the Rio Vista museum on the historic Chaffey Trail. Founded by Canadian brothers George and William Chaffey, the Mildura we know today was the result of the irrigation system the brothers developed, turning a harsh land into a fertile fruit bowl.