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Merbein

  • Population 2525
  • Distance from Mildura 16km
  • Aquatic activities on the Murray River

Located on the Victoria-NSW border near Mildura, on the banks of the mighty Murray River, Merbein is at the heart of the Mildura Irrigation District. It produces citrus, wine grapes and dried fruits.

It is the home of Mildara Wines, which W.B. Chaffey founded in 1911. The Mildara Blass Winery still stands on the cliffs towering above the Murray River.

Things to do

  • Spend the day at Merbein Common. Located on the site of the original pump that triggered the local irrigation system, it is popular with swimmers, boaters and anglers and for picnics and barbecues.
  • Join in the fun of the annual Lions Fishing competition.
  • Attend the Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph in August, where the best of the best from around Australia go head to head to claim the title
  • Watch the Merbein criterion of the Tour of the Murray cycling event in August/September.
  • Tap a toe at the annual Country Music Festival.
  • Visit the Merbein Lookout above the cliffs for views of the city of Mildura and the Murray River.

History

In 1887 Canadian-born irrigation experts, the Chaffey brothers, started work on locking the Murray and flooding out the surrounding area to transform it into a rich and productive region.

Merbein was known as White Cliffs until 1909. It was to be renamed "Merebin", which is the Aboriginal word for "white sand cliffs", but a cartographer's spelling error resulted in it being officially known as Merbein.

The area expanded when a railway was built in 1910, linking the town with Mildura, and after World War I when the area was opened up to returned soldiers. The town continued to boom and build facilities including a golf course, gun club and racetrack, and experienced a further boost with the influx of World War II refugees.

Today Merbein is an agricultural centre that attracts new residents for its affordable land and housing.

Getting there

Merbein is about 570 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. It is located on the Calder Highway between Mildura and the Murray River crossing on the Abbotsford Bridge to Curlwaa.

Facilities:

  • Banks - Commonwealth, Bendigo Bank 
  • Fuel
  • Accommodation
  • Police

 

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