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Mildura

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Mildura

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Mildura [1] is a large regional town in Sunraysia, Australia. Located in the north west corner of Victoria, Mildura is situated on the Murray River. With a population of just under 57,000 the regional population is growing at around 1.5% annually. Mildura and the surrounding area is a large fruit growing region. Local produce include most varieties of citrus, grapes, avocados and almonds. The quality of local produce and the growing wine industry have helped Mildura develop a reputation for great food and wine. In recent years Mildura has become popular with backpackers drawn by the availability of farm work.

Get in

By plane

Mildura airport is one of the largest in regional Australia. The airport services regular flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

By train

The Mildura train station is located on the corner of Langree Avenue and 7th St. Currently, no passenger trains arrive or depart from Mildura. However, passenger lines are scheduled to reopen, but a set date has not been decided yet after delays on reopening other railway lines in Victoria.

By bus

The bus station is located next to the train station. Buses to Melbourne depart daily and run direct or to Swan Hill or Bendigo to connect with train services. Mildura is on the daily bus route from Adelaide to Sydney (via Canberra). Local buses connect Mildura with surrounding smaller towns.

By car

From Melbourne the journey time is approximately 5 - 7 hours along the Calder Highway. Journey time from Adelaide is approximately 4:30 - 5hrs.

Get around

Local buses connect Mildura with surrounding smaller towns. For most attractions a car is necessary - major rental companies operate from the airport. Mildura is largely flat, making it ideal for cycling - several trails run around the city and along the river.

See

Do

  • Visit wineries including Trentham Estate, Mildara and Lindemans or one of the growing number of boutique producers.
  • Cruise the Murray River on the Paddlesteamer Melbourne or a chartered houseboat.
  • Watch the Speedway races. Oval, flat track motorbike racing.
  • Time your visit to coincide with the annual jazz, country music or arts festivals.

Buy

  • Some suburb Murrey pink salt from the visitor centre. These salts also help farmers who have their farm lost their fertile soil to salinity problems.

Eat

  • Make a booking at Stefano's at the Grand Hotel, considered to be one of the best restaurants in Victoria. The Grand Hotel has a number of other restaurants, including one housed in the old Avoca paddlesteamer on the river.
  • Visit the restaurant strip in Langtree Avenue.

Drink

  • The Mildura Brewery at the Grand Hotel serves its own boutique beer in the old Astor Theatre. For live bands check out O'malleys Irish pub on the coner of Deakin Avenue and 8th Street, or The Sandbar on the corner of 8th St. and Langtree Ave. Doms nightclub and the Settler's bar are also popular nightspots.

Sleep

Aarinda Holiday Apartments have self- contained apartments at reasonable prices. Freecall 1800 637 269, or check out www.murrayriver.com.au/accommodation/aarinda/default.htm

Budget

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