Towns in our Region
Cross the Murray River to New South Wales, only 5 minutes away is Mourquong, home of the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens
- the first semi-arid botanic gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. The gardens feature a stunning display of plants set on 167 hectares, of which 48 are landscaped. Also included are nature trails, rose gardens, a spectacular bush chapel, shearing shed and gift shop. Visitors to the nearby Orange World
can learn about growing citrus and tour the orchards. In Buronga, visitors can explore the Buronga wetlands area and should also look out for the Varapodio Estate
cellar door and café, where you can sample and purchase locally made, award winning olive oil varieties along with other boutique food and cosmetic products.
Also in New South Wales, only a 10 minute drive from Mildura is the gorgeous township of Gol Gol, home to the peace and tranquility of a wide stretch of river and one of the region’s best pubs with spectacular Murray River views - the Gol Gol Hotel
. You can pull up your houseboat at the hotel and wander up for dinner and drinks. Nearby James King Park
is a great spot for a picnic complete with playground and is a popular setting out point for water skiers because of its boat ramp. Explore nature’s best, book a kayak tour
of the surrounding billabongs and creeks to be inspired by the wide variety of bird life each adventure encounters.
Just 15 minutes from Mildura, Trentham Cliffs is home to Trentham Estate
, a boutique family-owned winery and restaurant beautifully situated on the banks of the Murray River. Trentham is recognised internationally and throughout Australia as producers of premium award winning wines. With its own mooring, you can arrive at Trentham Estate in style aboard your houseboat for a leisurely lunch or catch the PV Rothbury
on Thursdays for a BBQ lunch, wine tasting and winery tour.
Dareton & Coomealla
Another short drive from Mildura are Dareton and Coomealla. These tight knit communities boast one of the region’s best championship golf courses. Coomealla Golf Club
, overlooking the Murray River.Located only 25 kms from Mildura, Dareton is also home to the Coomealla Club
which always ensures a good time with great meals and a wide variety of cabaret entertainment.
To the north-west of Mildura, just a 30 minute drive is the township of Wentworth, home to the spectacular junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers and a charming village brimming with history, attractions and a quirky arts scene. Wentworth is also home to the breathtaking Perry Sandhills
, in places up to 12 metres high and spanning 400 acres, a great day’s free entertainment for the family. You can step back in time when visiting historic buildings such as the Old Wentworth Gaol
, the Courthouse, the Convent and the Customs House, and don’t forget to stop at PS Ruby
which has been lovingly restored. The Crown Hotel
and Artback Australia Gallery & Cafe
are great places to dine or have a refreshing ale. Families will also enjoy Pioneer World Museum
with its mega fauna and Murray Cod display and Riverboat Rod's Model Paddle Steamer Display.
Back in Victoria, within 10 minutes’ drive from Mildura is Merbein, home to the famous Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph
. Well worth a visit, this charming irrigation village’s main street has several quaint bric-a-brac shops and is home to a colourful country market, held on the third Sunday of each month. Visitors can spend a day at Merbein Common,
popular with swimmers, boaters, anglers and picnickers. Or why not take in the gorgeous views of the Murray River via the Blandowski Walk
from the Merbein Lookout.
Follow Fifteenth Street from Mildura just a few minutes along the Calder Highway to the outlying township of Irymple, where some food and wine treasures await you. Historic Chateau Mildura
has a rustic cellar door offering award winning wines. Chateau Mildura is the birthplace of the region’s wine industry, complete with a fascinating museum relating to both the district and Australia’s wine history. Around the corner are Kings Billabong Lookout
and Psyche Pumps
, where you can see how the Mildura irrigation settlement began. There’s shopping and fun to be had nearby at Woodsies Gem Shop
which also features a crazy maze and cave for the kids. For golfers the scenic course at Riverside Golf Club
is not be missed.
Just 15 kms south of Mildura is relaxed Red Cliffs which has lost none of its old country-town character. Red Cliffs pays homage to its horticultural history through the proudly displayed ‘Big Lizzie’,
a 45 tonne machine that was once used to clear the Mallee scrub; The Red Cliffs Military Museum; the photographic displays in the Historical Society Courthouse and the Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway
, an established family favourite. Red Cliffs also has a popular street market
on the first Sunday of each month. Carringbush Glass Gallery
, Nursery Ridge Estate Winery
and Cappa Stone Wines
are also worth a look and are perfect for souvenirs.