Skip the usual holiday suspects and head to the border for a north-west Victoria desert adventure.

You’ll want to bring your sunhat, walking shoes and love of vast landscapes for this week-long getaway. Base yourself along the Murray River in Mildura for some sunny hospitality, river cruising and chef’s hatted cuisine. Then lace up to explore the isolated and other-worldly stretches of the surrounding deserts, sand dunes and salt lakes.

This itinerary is a six-to-seven day round trip from Melbourne. Mildura is a 6.5-hour roadie up the Calder Highway from Melbourne, with plenty of opportunities for the caffeine-keen and the curious to stop along the way.


Mildura road trip map