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Mildura Holidays Overview
Mildura lies on the banks of the Murray River in the far north western corner of Victoria, 550 km from Melbourne, 400 km from Adelaide, and 30 km to the NSW border and the town of Wentworth. Mildura really came to life after the Chaffey brothers introduced irrigation settlements in the late 1800's. Mildura has many beautiful and historic building still on view from these prosperous times.
Mildura is famous for its wineries, surrounding orchards, temperate weather, and generous tree lined streets. Many of Mildura's attractions are linked to the Murray River and include fishing, swimming, canoeing, paddle steamer cruises and hiring house boats. Hot air balloon flights, go-karting, roller skating, mini-golf, art galleries, museums, helicopter flights, and golf are some of the other tourist activities available in this town. Mildura also has the Mungo National Park and the Willandra Lakes system, which is world heritage listed, just a drive away.
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holidays - Top Events
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival is held each year in March and features over 40 events including the popular favourites such as Music under the Stars, Opera by the Lock, and the Mardi Gras and Street Festival. More than 20 000 people swarm into the towns of Mildura and Wentworth to enjoy this 4 week regional arts festival. The program also includes theatre, workshops, opera, parades, comedy, outdoor cinema, exhibitions, and visual and performing arts. There are both paid and free events, and all age groups are catered for.
Mildura Country Music Festival features over 800 hours of free entertainment at a variety of venues around Mildura and is held annually in September and is considered to be among the top 3 of Australian country music festivals behind Tamworth and the Gympie Muster. This event goes for 10 days, has been running for more than 20 years, and attracts over 100 musicians and bands. The Mildura Country Music Festival showcases independent musicians which means that none of them are signed to major record labels, which is actually about 95% of the country musicians in Australia.
Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival has been running for 30 years and is held in the gorgeous spring weather of November. The combination of gourmet regional foods and wine, accompanied by 4 days of jazz music proves to be an ideal combination. Venues for performances vary from churches, restaurants, wineries, and along the river and streets. Contemporary, traditional and swing jazz are all featured.
holidays - How to Get There
FLIGHTS Virgin Blue has 1 flight daily between Mildura and Melbourne. Qantas has 4 flights daily between Mildura and Melbourne, and 2 each days on the weekend. Rex Airlines provide a service between Mildura and Melbourne 3 times daily Monday to Friday, 1 flight on a Saturday and 2 on a Sunday. There are no direct flights with any airline between Mildura and Adelaide or Mildura and Sydney.