Mildura - From the River to the Outback

See the very best of rural Australia in Mildura

Located in the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria, Mildura is a vibrant area that occupies land stretching from the Murray River to the outback. With something for everyone, the region offers landscapes that are both perfect for holiday visits and as somewhere more permanent to settle down.

The Murray River, a key Australian tourist destination, is at the heart of the Mildura region credit: Mildura Regional Development

Located at the intersection of the Calder, Sturt, and Silver City Highways, Mildura is at the crossroads between South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria. Both highways connect Mildura to Adelaide and Melbourne, giving residents a direct connection to two of Australia's largest cities.

Home to well over 55,000 people, the region consists of both the city of Mildura and nearby rural towns. Choosing to live to in Mildura means enjoying the best of both worlds: with an urban centre so close, even rural life can be a bustling affair.

Agriculture in Mildura

Covering most of Victoria's Mallee region, Mildura has one of the driest climates in Victoria. Average annual rainfall sits at 240 mm, and temperatures are the hottest in the state. With 77 days of sunshine annually and mild winters, this place is perfect for basking in the warmth.

Agriculture in Mildura credit: Mildura Regional Development

While some grains are grown in the southeast of the region, most of the crops grown in Mildura are fruit or nuts. Oranges and wine-grapes take the fore in terms of fresh produce, with carrots, olives, and asparagus being significant products as well.

Fresh grapes in a Mildura vineyard credit: Mildura Regional Development

The region is also known for nut production and processing; this large industry employs dozens of farmers, who grow almonds and pistachios.

Local culture and activities

No matter how many times you are exposed to the natural beauty of Mildura, it never ceases to be breath-taking. Mungo National Park, which is located in the region, is a World Heritage-listed Park and a must-visit destination. It is home to the picturesque Willandra Lakes and the remarkable archaeological finds of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, some of the oldest human remains ever found in Australia, having been ritually buried approximately 42,000 years ago. 

Stunning and ancient Mungo National Park credit: Mildura Regional Development

Another unmissable spot is the Murray Sunset National Park. With wide open landscapes, picturesque sunsets, and starry nights, the park is perfect for a day’s hike or a weekend out camping. The remarkable spectable of the Pink Lakes attract visitors from all over the world to the park.

The Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park credit: Mildura Regional Development

There’s also plenty to do in such a culturally rich region. The Mildura Arts Centre is always offering an exciting selection of exhibits, theatre performances, and workshops for visitors and locals alike.

If you’re hungry, you can check out Feast Street, a road lined with the most iconic restaurants in Mildura. The street also frequently plays host to events, shows, concerts, and markets, turning the space into a hub of activity almost every weekend.

Local amenities

While Mildura is a regional area, it is certainly not remote. The area plays host to a dozen warm, friendly, close-knit and well-serviced rural communities that provide everything you need for a comfortable life without the chaos of the city.

The bustling Mildura riverfront credit: Mildura Regional Development

With three major hospitals and extensive specialist health services, there are a wide range of medical and allied health services to maintain the wellbeing of Mildura residents of all ages. 

The region also offers a wide array of high quality and varied education. All sorts of playgroups, kindergartens, and childcare services are available for young families to choose from, which can be publicly- or privately-operated. Educational facilities stretch from primary to tertiary level: the region has more than 20 primary schools, 13 secondary schools, and 3 further education destinations. Parents can rest easy knowing their child will receive a quality education without having to go far from home.

For further information

If you want to know more about living in the Mildura Shire, visit https://www.visitmildura.com.au/ or contact the Shire Council by phone at 1800 039 043.

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