Published on 10th September 2021
by Doug Wallen

There’s a satisfying balance of both city and country life in historic Mildura, right on the banks of the Murray River. In partnership with Visit Victoria, here’s our guide on where to eat, drink and stay.

In the Mallee region, nestled against a winding stretch of Australia’s longest river, Mildura is close to abundant wetlands, national parks, vast salt lakes and rolling sand dunes. That diversity of landscape makes it an attractive place to stop for anyone driving between capital cities. But really, it’s a destination in itself.

Formerly the busiest inland port in the entire country, the NSW town of Wentworth is only half an hour upriver, and the scenic river plains of Red Cliffs are even closer. Tours in preserved paddle-steamers offer a glimpse into the once-roaring river trade, while the region’s pioneering irrigation system is to thank for a wealth of citrus (including the nearby 50-acre farmland of Orange World) as well as a local horticultural industry that supplies the bulk of Australia’s grapes.

Within six hours’ drive of both Melbourne and Adelaide – and about nine hours from both Canberra and Sydney – Mildura is a nice mix of convenience and country. The Murray River is just a few minutes’ stroll from the city’s CBD.

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Welcome to Mildura

EAT

A international array of cuisine peppers the region, from pan-Asian eats to authentic Italian.

Trentham Estate Winery

Bar

A premier Sunraysia winery with a river-fronted cellar door and restaurant.

Mr Bun Mi

Restaurant

A Mildura mainstay with approachable Vietnamese street food.

DRINK

From craft spirits using local produce to a brewer in a repurposed art deco cinema, choice for tipples abound.

DO

Art, historical artifacts and adventure abounds around the Murray and surrounds.

STAY

Settle into your stay with a choice of comfortable waterside views or heritage pleasure.

Itinerary

Riverside strolls and luxe dining experiences.

With the winding Murray River at its heart, Mildura encourages visitors to linger close to the water while sampling the region’s bountiful fresh produce.