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Mildura

About

Mildura is a regional city in north-west Victoria, Australia. Located on the Victorian side of the Murray River, Mildura had a population of 33,444 in 2016. When nearby Wentworth, Irymple, Nichols Point and Merbein are included, the area had an estimated urban population of 50,998 at June 2016. It is the largest settlement in the Sunraysia region. Mildura is a major horticultural centre notable for its grape production, supplying 80% of Victoria’s grapes. Many wineries also source grapes from Mildura.Other key crops produced in the district include citrus, almonds and dried fruit.

The city’s central business district is located just a short distance from the banks of the Murray.Langtree Avenue is the main shopping and dining precinct in Mildura, with the middle section of the street a pedestrian mall. The other major retail precinct is along Fifteenth Street in the Mildura South area, where a mid-sized undercover shopping mall and several big box stores are located.The city’s name was taken from the Mildura homestead, an early sheep station which covered most of the area.The urban area of Mildura is surrounded by irrigated horticulture, where the original grape and citrus blocks were located with water irrigated from the Murray River.

People

Local Food

Culture

Since early settlement Mildura has been home to artists, writers and creative people. Organisations such as the Red Cliffs Musical Society, Eisteddfod, Mildura Ballet Guild and Mildura Country Music Festival have helped grow a reputation for home grown talent and creative community.The hub of this community is the Mildura Arts Centre, which began as a gallery space at Rio Vista House in the 1950s and became fully established in 1956 with the building of a new regional art gallery and performing arts theatre. In 2012, after two years of construction, the new Mildura Arts Centre opened.

Mildura is host to many annual festivals such as the Mildura Country Music Festival, the International Balloon Fiesta, the Jazz Food

History

Many Aboriginal people lived around the site of Mildura because of the abundant food. Local tribes included the Latjilatji and Jarijari.

The first Europeans in the area arrived in 1857 and brought sheep to graze the rich pastures.
A major drought in Victoria from 1877 to 1884 prompted Alfred Deakin, then a minister in the State Government and chairman of a Royal Commission on water supply to visit the irrigation areas of California. There he met George and William Chaffey.

In 1886, Canadian-American irrigator George Chaffey came to Australia and selected a derelict sheep station known as Mildura as the site for his first irrigation settlement, signing an agreement with the Victorian government to spend at least £300,000 on permanent improvements at Mildura in the next twenty years.

After much political wrangling, the settlement of Mildura was established in 1887. The Post Office opened on 23 January 1888.

The bar of the Mildura Working Man’s Club was noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest bar in the world until 1995 when it was removed during renovations.
The nearby towns of Wentworth, Gol Gol, Curlwaa and Yelta sprang up in the mid-to-late 19th century. In the 1890s came the scourge of the rabbit. This devastated the sheep farmers, especially south of the Murray. There was also a financial recession at this time. Combined, these factors restricted growth of the new settlement.

After this period, the new settlement grew and grew. It was soon the main town of the district. Suburbs and new satellite towns sprang up. From the 1920s, a number of ‘suburban’ train services were established to Merbein and Red Cliffs.These were operated by railcars.

Post war Mildura experienced a large influx of migrants particularly from European and Mediterranean countries including Italy and Greece. Many of these migrants were attracted by the unskilled labour offered by the fruit picking industry.

In 1934 Mildura was officially proclaimed a city.

Shopping

Some superb Murray pink salt from the visitor centre. These salts also help farmers who have lost their fertile soil to salinity problems.
Local dried fruit produce from the Australian Dried Fruits Association on Deakin Avenue.
Locally grown fruit and vegies such as oranges, grapes, avacados, mandarins, rockmelon, watermelon, tomatoes, mulberries, and onions from the roadside stalls. All stalls have an ‘honesty box’ system and charge very reasonable rates well below local supermarkets. Local Coles

Thing to do

Trentham Estate, Oak Valley Estate and Lindemans or one of the growing number of boutique producers.
Cruise the Murray River on the Paddlesteamer Melbourne or a chartered houseboat.
Time your visit to coincide with the annual jazz, country music or arts festivals.
Go camping! Free camping is still available almost anywhere on the banks of the picturesque Murray River. It is easy to find a private campsite with good river access for swimming, water skiing, fishing, or just looking. Birdlife on the Murray is abundant, and you may spot the odd Goanna or Kangaroo.
Local bands such as “”Off the Handle “” at gigs around town. Check out Thursday’s Sunraysia Daily for the gig guide. Usual venues include the Sandbar and The Sett’s.
Sunraysia Farmers Market. A great market showing off the local produce, as well as baked goods, meats, jams, preserves, flowers and plants, olive oils, a cooked breakfast can also be purchsed. Alternating between Friday night twilight markets and Saturday mornings, in the Summer months, and every other Saturday morning the rest of the year. Held at Ornamental Lakes along the Murray River.

At night

How to get here

By plane:
Mildura airport is one of the busiest in regional Australia. The airport services regular flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Broken Hill.

By train:
The Mildura train station is on the corner of Langtree Avenue and 7th St. Currently, no passenger trains arrive or depart from Mildura.

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. 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. From Sydney you will be travelling via Wagga Wagga and Hay, and be prepared for a long straight drive through the Murray Outback for the best part of 12 hours. Best to allow at least two days.

Since early settlement Mildura has been home to artists, writers and creative people. Organisations such as the Red Cliffs Musical Society, Eisteddfod, Mildura Ballet Guild and Mildura Country Music Festival have helped grow a reputation for home grown talent and creative community.The hub of this community is the Mildura Arts Centre, which began as a gallery space at Rio Vista House in the 1950s and became fully established in 1956 with the building of a new regional art gallery and performing arts theatre. In 2012, after two years of construction, the new Mildura Arts Centre opened.

Mildura is host to many annual festivals such as the Mildura Country Music Festival, the International Balloon Fiesta, the Jazz Food

Many Aboriginal people lived around the site of Mildura because of the abundant food. Local tribes included the Latjilatji and Jarijari.

The first Europeans in the area arrived in 1857 and brought sheep to graze the rich pastures.
A major drought in Victoria from 1877 to 1884 prompted Alfred Deakin, then a minister in the State Government and chairman of a Royal Commission on water supply to visit the irrigation areas of California. There he met George and William Chaffey.

In 1886, Canadian-American irrigator George Chaffey came to Australia and selected a derelict sheep station known as Mildura as the site for his first irrigation settlement, signing an agreement with the Victorian government to spend at least £300,000 on permanent improvements at Mildura in the next twenty years.

After much political wrangling, the settlement of Mildura was established in 1887. The Post Office opened on 23 January 1888.

The bar of the Mildura Working Man’s Club was noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest bar in the world until 1995 when it was removed during renovations.
The nearby towns of Wentworth, Gol Gol, Curlwaa and Yelta sprang up in the mid-to-late 19th century. In the 1890s came the scourge of the rabbit. This devastated the sheep farmers, especially south of the Murray. There was also a financial recession at this time. Combined, these factors restricted growth of the new settlement.

After this period, the new settlement grew and grew. It was soon the main town of the district. Suburbs and new satellite towns sprang up. From the 1920s, a number of ‘suburban’ train services were established to Merbein and Red Cliffs.These were operated by railcars.

Post war Mildura experienced a large influx of migrants particularly from European and Mediterranean countries including Italy and Greece. Many of these migrants were attracted by the unskilled labour offered by the fruit picking industry.

In 1934 Mildura was officially proclaimed a city.

Some superb Murray pink salt from the visitor centre. These salts also help farmers who have lost their fertile soil to salinity problems.
Local dried fruit produce from the Australian Dried Fruits Association on Deakin Avenue.
Locally grown fruit and vegies such as oranges, grapes, avacados, mandarins, rockmelon, watermelon, tomatoes, mulberries, and onions from the roadside stalls. All stalls have an ‘honesty box’ system and charge very reasonable rates well below local supermarkets. Local Coles
Trentham Estate, Oak Valley Estate and Lindemans or one of the growing number of boutique producers.
Cruise the Murray River on the Paddlesteamer Melbourne or a chartered houseboat.
Time your visit to coincide with the annual jazz, country music or arts festivals.
Go camping! Free camping is still available almost anywhere on the banks of the picturesque Murray River. It is easy to find a private campsite with good river access for swimming, water skiing, fishing, or just looking. Birdlife on the Murray is abundant, and you may spot the odd Goanna or Kangaroo.
Local bands such as “”Off the Handle “” at gigs around town. Check out Thursday’s Sunraysia Daily for the gig guide. Usual venues include the Sandbar and The Sett’s.
Sunraysia Farmers Market. A great market showing off the local produce, as well as baked goods, meats, jams, preserves, flowers and plants, olive oils, a cooked breakfast can also be purchsed. Alternating between Friday night twilight markets and Saturday mornings, in the Summer months, and every other Saturday morning the rest of the year. Held at Ornamental Lakes along the Murray River.
By plane:
Mildura airport is one of the busiest in regional Australia. The airport services regular flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Broken Hill.By train:
The Mildura train station is on the corner of Langtree Avenue and 7th St. Currently, no passenger trains arrive or depart from Mildura.

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. 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. From Sydney you will be travelling via Wagga Wagga and Hay, and be prepared for a long straight drive through the Murray Outback for the best part of 12 hours. Best to allow at least two days.

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