Mildura is an exquisite getaway renowned for its beautiful riverside wineries, paddleboat heritage and outback sunsets. But spend a day or two in this historic port by the Murray River, and you’ll discover the hidden local gems that keep this town alive and full of wonder. From Gin & Whiskey Bars to chocolate factories and Balinese-styled dining, we’ve listed some standouts to get you started.
Discover the art of Gin & Whiskey Swilling at Fossey’s Distillery
Since opening doors in The Setts historic building, the family owned Fossey’s Distillery has set a new standard in the refinement of regional flavours. Handcrafting an inventive range of gin, rum, vodka and whiskey, the team combines a powerful mix of local produce and family experience to produce outstanding and innovative elixirs and spirits. Home to Mildura’s only Gin Garden or Gin & Whisky Bar, you can also take a tour – ask about some of the ‘secret shelf’ tastings.
Awaken the senses at Andy’s Kitchen
Bringing together a host of passionate local chefs, Andy’s Kitchen delivers mouth-watering Asian fusion cooking with expert flair. Built around an active wood fire and open kitchen, with a distinctive Balinese-styled outdoor area, this venue uses local seasonal produce to create dishes bursting with flavour, from chili and lemongrass calamari to creamy curries. There is also a playground set up in the outdoor area for the little ones.
Settle in for an intimate session at The Sip
Located near the banks of the Murray River, The Sip Cocktail Bar has built a local name for its after-hours ambience with a well curated menu of seasonally inspired beverages. Sip a mulled wine in the cooler months or sample a local craft beer when it’s warm. It also offers a seasonally updated and vegetarian-friendly menu, ranging from spicy sriracha wings to vegetarian dumplings and salt and pepper tofu tacos.
Savour gourmet chocolate from the Mildura Chocolate Company
Tucked in the heart of town, the Mildura Chocolate Company is a pillar of the community that has been creating sublime delights since 2009. Using the best of local and imported ingredients, the company has concocted many popular creations, from the pairing of Murray River Salt with gourmet chocolate to the blood orange dark chocolate. This purveyor of the chocolate also operates as a not-for-profit branch of the Christie Centre, providing work experience for those with disabilities.
Explore hidden heritage on a fascinating historic trail
One of the best ways to discover some of Mildura’s hidden history is on a self-guided riverside and heritage walk. With some of the town’s fine heritage treasures tucked along the riverbank, you can start by following The Chaffey Trail, which begins at the historic Mildura Station Homestead, past the old weir and port and into town. Explore the grand Californian-styled Rio Vista House and Langtree Hall along the way, where you’ll discover fascinating local memorabilia.
Discover some of The Murray River’s hidden delights
Okay, so the cruises aren’t exactly secret – but Mildura Paddle Steamer excursions from the Mildura wharf take you past the fascinating twists and turns of the historic Murray and onto some riverside wineries. So what’s not to enjoy? Operating since 1955, jump aboard the Paddle Steamer Melbourne (built in 1912), the Paddle Vessel Rothbury (built in 1881) or the Paddle Boat Mundoo (built in 1987) and enjoy options ranging from dinner cruises to a stop off at Trentham Estate Vineyard.
How do I get to Mildura?
Mildura is just under six hours’ drive from Melbourne and Albury, just under four and a half hours’ drive from Adelaide and a scenic 11 hour road trip from Sydney. Mildura also has a local airport connecting to major cities, with car hire available.
Where to stay
There are plenty of options for accommodation in Mildura catering to all needs and budgets. The Quality Hotel Mildura Grand offers stylish accommodation in a historic building, opposite the beautiful Murray River. The Comfort Inn Deakin Palms is only five minutes from Mildura Airport, with free airport transfers available for hotel guests. At Econo Lodge Mildura enjoy the large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by beautiful palm trees, and make use of the barbeque facilities and dining tables.
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