Paddlesteamer on the Murray River, Tourism Victoria

Population 46035

Mildura offers a Riviera lifestyle, with the Murray River flowing by the town and sunny, mild weather throughout the year. It is one of Victoria's major rural cities. Its development has been aided by the expansion of irrigation, which has allowed the city to become a premier fruit-growing region.

Visitor Information

180–190 Deakin Ave; (03) 5018 8380 or 1800 039 043

Nearby national parks

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

Nearby towns

  • Wentworth

    Situated at the confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers, Wentworth was once a busy inland port. With the introduction of the railways it...more

  • Robinvale

    Robinvale is set on the New South Wales border besides a pretty stretch of the Murray River. The Robinswood Homestead, built in 1926, was...more

  • Ouyen

    Ouyen was once little more than a station on the Melbourne–Mildura train route, but it has since grown to become an important service town....more

In Town

Mildura Arts Centre & Rio Vista The arts centre and theatre, reopening in late 2011 after a major redevelopment, houses an impressive permanent collection including Australia’s largest display of Orpen paintings, works by Brangwyn, frequent temporary exhibitions and performing arts. Outside, a delightful Sculpture Trail winds through the landscape gardens surrounding the centre. 199 Cureton Ave; (03) 5018 8330.

The Alfred Deakin Centre: interactive exhibitions and displays of the region; Deakin Ave.

Harry Nanya tours: a tour with and an Indigenous Barkindji guide to Mungo National Park in NSW; tours run 2.30–10.30pm Nov–Mar, 8.30am–5pm Apr–Oct; bookings and information (08) 8234 8324 or from visitor centre.

Mildura Brewery: produces natural and specialty beers inside the former Art Deco Astor Theatre; view the brewing process or eat at the Brewery Pub; 20 Langtree Ave; (03) 5021 5399. 

Langtree Hall: Mildura's first public hall now contains antiques and memorabilia; open Tues–Sat; 79 Walnut Ave; (03) 5021 3090.

Mildura Wharf: paddleboats departing here for river cruises include the steam-driven PS Melbourne; PV Rothbury for day trips to Trentham Winery on Thursday and Gol Gol Hotel on Tuesday; and PV Mundoo for a Thursday dinner cruise. Access from Hugh King Drive; bookings (03) 5023 2200. 

Aquacoaster waterslide: cnr Seventh St and Orange Ave. 


Murray Darling wine region The Mediterranean-style climate mixed with irrigated lands has contributed to making this wine region Victoria’s largest. The region is well regarded for its varieties of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Among the large-scale wineries such as Lindemans Karadoc, smaller boutique wineries offer specialty wines for tastings and sales. Brochure available from visitor centre. Read more

Orange World: tours of citrus-growing region; Silver City Hwy, Buronga; (03) 5023 5197; 6 km N.

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens: unique semi-arid botanic gardens with tractor tour and lunch last Sat each month; open daily; River Rd, Buronga; (03) 5023 3612; 8km NE.

Ornamental Lakes Park: farmers market held 1st and 3rd Sat each month; Hugh King Dr.

Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve: situated on the Murray River flood plain, home to river red gums and abundant birdlife. Attractions include Psyche Pump Station, Bruce’s Bend Marina and Kings Billabong Lookout; 8 km SE.

Angus Park: dried fruits and confectionery; 10 km SE.

Red Cliffs: an important area for the citrus and dried fruit industries. The town features the 'Big Lizzie' steam traction engine; 15 km S.

Hattah–Kulkyne National Park: 70 km S; see Ouyen.

Murray–Sunset National Park: attractions near Mildura include Lindsay Island, for boating, swimming and fishing. Access from Sturt Hwy, about 100 km W of Mildura. See Murrayville for further details on park.

Mungo National Park: 104 km NE over NSW border (see Balranald, NSW).

Fishing spots near town

Curlwaa 17 km

Curlwaa is downstream of Mildura, between Dareton and Wentworth. The boat ramp is nothing flash – a basic dirt facility suited to smaller boats. A kilometre or so upstream from the ramp is the old Abbotsford... Find out more

Wentworth 25 km

As you work your way down the Murray, you’ll find locks near most of the major towns. The locks create deep, holding water, which is especially good news for anglers chasing Murray cod. There’s one at... Find out more

Fort Courage 41 km

One of my favourite destinations is Fort Courage. Little more than a caravan park with a boat ramp, Fort Courage is about 20 km drive out of Wentworth on the road to Renmark. It has great fishing for families or angling... Find out more

Euston 69 km

Euston began as Boomiarcool Station in 1847, growing into a small township and subsequently a busy inland port, from which a fleet of paddlesteamers and barges transported the consignments of wool and wheat along the... Find out more

Robinvale 71 km

We trolled at little more than a fast walking pace, the electric motor giving off a light humming noise. Behind the boat, a couple of large bibbed lures were swimming deep, about a metre off the bottom, their action... Find out more

Boyanda 78 km

The red ochre cliff near the Boyanda grape farm is a popular launch site for anglers fishing the Murray River midway between Robinvale and the small horticultural town of Wemen. A track follows the river from Happy... Find out more

Tol Tol 83 km

I made my first serious Murray cod trip on the Murray River near Robinvale and for years was asked not to write about such a special stretch of river that produces a higher-than-average proportion of big cod. It... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Robinvale 71 km

Robinvale Wines, near Robinvale, produces a wide variety of wines, certified organic and biodynamic, with no chemicals used.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Gol Gol Hotel

This historic country pub was first licensed in 1877 and served as a watering hole and stopover in the days of Cobb & Co. Just five minutes from Mildura over the bridge into New South Wales, it enjoys one of the best... Find out more

The new Spanish Bar and Grill

The owners of this popular up-market steakhouse go to a lot of trouble obtaining premium cuts of meat, aged on the bone and cooked over a real charcoal fire of slow-burning red gum and mallee roots. Butchers from Loxton,... Find out more


The star of Mildura is Stefano’s, the kind of place you dine at one night and love so much you go back again the next. This may have something to do with the restaurant’s beautiful setting in a historic hotel... Find out more

Stefano’s Cafe Bakery

Not content to have just one restaurant serving some of the best food in the country, energetic chef Stefano de Pieri has opened this second outlet – a cafe, bakery, art gallery and wine bar – nearby. The... Find out more

Trentham Estate Restaurant

Enjoying one of the best positions on the banks of the Murray, just 13 kilometres out of Mildura, this winery restaurant has plenty of balcony and verandah tables with views for outside dining. The chef bakes bread... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Mildura Brewery

Breweries pop up in some rather exotic locations but this is the first I’ve encountered in a former cinema. Once known as the Astor Theatre, the main building is a lovely example of Art Deco architecture, which has... Find out more

Campsites around town

Sun City Caravan Park 2 km

Sun City is situated in Mildura, which occupies a series of snaking bends shaped by the Murray River as it flows past. The caravan park is on an orderly plot of land beside the town centre, which is convenient if you... Find out more

Kings Billabong camping area (bush camping) 9 km

Bush camping is allowed around the billabong, as is the digging of pits for wood fires – check the guidelines with the rangers. There are toilets near the pump station, and there’s a boat ramp at Bruces Bend.... Find out more

Horseshoe Bend camping area (bush camping) 10 km

Near the township of Merbein, 10 km north-west of Mildura, is Horseshoe Bend, also referred to as Merbein Common. There are a number of bush campsites along this stretch of the Murray River that will give you a sense of... Find out more

Gol Gol State Forest camping areas 20 km

This forest with camping areas is 24 km east of Mildura via the Sturt Hwy.... Find out more

Wallpolla Island camping area (bush camping) 37 km

Overnight visitors to Wallpolla Island take advantage of the dispersed bush camping on offer to spread themselves out. You may see whistling kites on the hunt around the river. If you’re interested in fishing here,... Find out more

Kemendoc National Park 39 km

This park is accessed via Tapalin Mail Rd off the Sturt Hwy, past Euston Regional Reserve, and is an ideal spot for fishing enthusiasts.... Find out more

Nangiloc–Colignan camping area (bush camping) 41 km

Just 20 km south-east of Mildura, between the townships of Nangiloc and Colignan, are a series of parklands beside the Murray River where bush camping is allowed. Pitch a tent within river red gum and black box woodlands... Find out more

Emmerts Bend camping area (bush camping) 49 km

Emmerts Bend is the first of the dispersed bush-camping areas you’ll encounter in Murray–Kulkyne Park if you drive south down the River Track from nearby Colignan. Bring your own water, and some wood if you... Find out more

Lake Cullulleraine Holiday Park 53 km

Lake Cullulleraine is a man-made feature 59 km west of Mildura that owes its water stocks to Lock 9 on the Murray River. The holiday park sits on the lake’s black box and reed-fringed foreshore, from where visitors... Find out more

Britt Bend camping area 53 km

Britt Bend is situated up near the northern boundary of Murray–Kulkyne Park, just south of Tarpaulin Island. As with all campsites along the Murray, be careful not to park under any river red gums, whose large... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Buronga Riverside Caravan Park 1 km

Located on the banks of the river close to the bridge and opposite Mildura Wharf, this park has plenty of space for larger rigs. Shady trees and a pool complete the picture. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

The Palms Caravan Park 3 km

This is a quality park in a quiet area on the edge of town, and will appeal to those travelling with dogs. There is a great dog exercise area and dog bath facilities. The place has a range of accommodation and bookings... Find out more

Calder Tourist Park 3 km

This is a very good quality, centrally located park. It is close to Mildura Centre Plaza and easily accessible from the Sturt and Calder highways. A pancake breakfast is provided on Sunday mornings. Bookings are required... Find out more

Mildura Deakin Holiday Park 4 km

Strategically located on a highway junction, this good quality caravan park is just a short walk from Mildura Centre Plaza. It is a convenient spot for an overnight stay or a few days. It has disabled ensuite sites.... Find out more

Apex RiverBeach Holiday Park 4 km

The beautiful setting of this park, with its shady trees, green lawns and the river winding by, makes it a favourite of ours. Large and spacious, the park is located 4 km west of Mildura opposite a popular swimming... Find out more

BIG4 Mildura Golden River Holiday Park 4 km

This is a very good quality park on the banks of the Murray River, 4.5 km west of the town centre in a quiet off-highway location. The park has a range of accommodation, a heated pool and a boat parking area. Bookings... Find out more

Rivergardens Tourist Park 4 km

This is a great riverfront park on the Sturt Highway close to Mildura, 1 km from the centre of Gol Gol. It is a good owner-operated establishment with a range of accommodation and good facilities. Bookings are required... Find out more

Lake Cullulleraine RSL Holiday Park 52 km

This is a council-owned park on the banks of Lake Cullulleraine. There are green lawns, shady trees and a kiosk that opens during busy holiday periods. This is a good basic park at a budget price (cash only). Pets are... Find out more

Robinvale Riverside Caravan Park 71 km

The park is on the banks of the Murray River, just 1 km from the town centre. There is a large expanse of green lawn and shady river red gums. It is great for a few days at a budget price. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


Centrally located, this five-bedroom home caters for up to 10 guests in stylish accommodation on two levels. Ducted air-conditioning and ceiling fans assure summer comfort, and a glass-doored sunroom and large outdoor... Find out more

Quality Hotel Mildura Grand

Originally opened in 1891 as a coffee palace, this huge two-storey hotel with its iconic arches is a Mildura landmark. Occupying a large slab of real estate between two streets, it also houses the Mildura Brewery Pub,... Find out more

Adventure Houseboats

Located just over the border in Buronga, this small fleet of houseboats is growing and boasts the only solar-powered vessel on the Murray River. Sister boats Advantage 1 and All Class might look the same – both... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mungo Lodge 92 km

If you want a more up-market alternative, try Mungo Lodge, near Mungo National Park. Owned by Indigenous Business Australia, this has 16 recently refurbished units with ensuites, a windmill and solar panels that supply... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gol Gol park area 6 km

At Gol Gol

Overlooking the river at the south end of town.

Trentham rest area 9 km

16km SE of Mildura (R) or 67km NW of Euston (L)

Large area just off the highway.

Bottle Bend camping area 18 km

T/O 15km SE of Gol Gol (R) or 57km NW of Euston (L)

Located 2km (unsealed) south of the highway among large trees on the riverbank. Overnight camping only.

Mallee Fowl rest area 33 km

48km SE of Gol Gol (R) or 24km NW of Euston (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Spences Bend camping area 35 km

T/O to Nangiloc

Dispersed campsites on a riverbank 1km north of Nangiloc.

Watts Bend camping area 43 km

T/O to Colignan

Dispersed campsites on a riverbank 1km south of Colignan.

Mail Route rest area 47 km

48km SE of Gol Gol (R) or 24km NW of Euston (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Murray Kulkyne Regional Park camping area 48 km

T/O to Colignan

Dispersed campsites on a riverbank 10km (partly unsealed) south of Colignan in Murray Kulkyne Regional Park.

Johansen Reserve rest area 53 km

At Cullulleraine

Under shady trees on the shores of a lake. Camping available at adjoining caravan park for a fee.

Lake Mournpall camping area 60 km

T/O 52km S of Red Cliffs (L) or 34km N of Ouyen (R)

Natural bush setting on the shores of the lake in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. Located 15km (partly unsealed) north-east of the highway.

Lake Hattah camping area 65 km

T/O 52km S of Red Cliffs (L) or 34km N of Ouyen (R)

On the edge of the lake 6km (partly unsealed) east of the highway in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.  

Lake Benanee rest area 76 km

16km E of Euston (R) or 64km W of Balranald (L)

Well off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Abbotts Tank rest area 86 km

27km E of Euston (L) or 53km W of Balranald (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Ouyen park area 100 km

At Ouyen

Large parking area adjacent to the highway. On the east side of town.

What's on around town

Arts Festival: Mar.

Cup Carnival: May.

Writers Festival: July.

Golf Week: July.

Country Music Festival: Sept.

Vintage Tractor Pull: Oct.

Jazz Food and Wine Festival: Nov.

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