Situated in the far north-west of regional Victoria and flanked by the mighty Murray River, Mildura is a thriving, vibrant city with plenty on offer. Officially established in 1887, the crystal-clear skies, warm weather and nearby national parks make the Mildura region a truly idyllic holiday destination. In addition, its year-round events calendar, and abundance of local produce combined with affordable housing also make it an attractive place to live. While it’s famously known as Australia’s food bowl, we think this captivating regional city has a whole lot more on offer. Read on for 7 reasons to put Mildura on your radar.
It has a thriving wine scene.
Two ingenious Canadian brothers brought irrigation to Mildura in 1887 and the previously dry land was transformed into a rolling green oasis perfect for sheep grazing and vineyards. With the first vines planted shortly after, Mildura has gone on to enjoy a long and illustrious history with the humble grape. From rich reds to fortified wines, cellar door hopping can easily fill your days. As the home to many wineries ranging from family-run affairs like Oak Valley Estate to the historical Chateau Mildura, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect drop to take home.
It sits on the banks of the legendary Murray River.
Undisputedly one of the main natural attractions of the region is the mighty Murray. A trip to Mildura wouldn’t be complete without hitting the river for some water-based fun. Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, or hooking a prized Murray cod, there’s plenty to keep action lovers busy for days! If you prefer to take a slightly less adventurous approach to taking in the Murray, cruising on a boat is a luxuriously laid-back option. Whether you choose to jump aboard one of the historic Paddle Steamers or captain your own houseboat, stunning scenery and wildlife-watching awaits!
It puts you on nature’s doorstep.
As if the beautiful river isn’t enough, Mildura is spoilt with more than one million hectares of national parks in its surrounds. Bursting with flourishing flora and fauna, there are plenty of day trips, camping spots, photo opportunities and guided tours to keep nature enthusiasts satisfied. World Heritage listed Mungo National Park is a must visit for its fascinating insight into Aboriginal history – it’s a place of incredible archaeological significance with the world’s oldest human cremations ‘Mungo Lady’ and ‘Mungo Man’ found here.
You’ll find produce that doesn’t get any fresher.
Yes, the ‘food bowl’ gets a worthy mention! Mildura is the home of abundant fresh produce and a major region of food production. Bountiful in oranges, nuts, olives, carrots, and asparagus, you’ll also find most of the country’s dried fruits come from Mildura. To check out the stunning fresh produce firsthand, head to the Sunraysia Farmers Market. If you prefer your produce cooked for you, head to Langtree Avenue, fondly known as ‘Feast Street’. With beautiful vines and California-style palm trees welcoming you, Feast Street has a great atmosphere and Mildura’s most iconic restaurants, cafes, and bars cater for any taste.
It has a bursting art scene.
With a brimming calendar of events, Mildura is one of Australia’s most significant regional art hubs. From the renowned Summer Music Festival to the Mildura Writers Festival, culture buffs are sure to be satisfied. Festivals aside, the city’s art hubs are worthy of a visit – including Mildura Arts Centre (complete with sculpture park) and the Art Vault where you can pick up a piece to take home.
With several direct flights daily to Melbourne, and multiple direct flights weekly to Sydney, and Adelaide (COVID restrictions permitting), Mildura is an easy to access holiday destination. With flexible working arrangements, now a thing – you may consider Mildura a place to call home, and fly in, fly out for the odd meeting back in the city.
It’s touted as ‘the next hotspot’ by property investors.
With significant investment in infrastructure in the pipeline and already underway through the Mildura Rural City Council’s ‘Mildura Future Ready’ initiative, this already captivating city is set to soar. Mildura has seen 7.8% annual growth in median house prices, which is an increase that’s superior to all Australian capital cities. Currently, you can get change from $300,000 for a good quality house and rental yields are strong. House prices in Mildura are looking to continue their upwards trajectory thanks to a strong demand for housing and investment in local agriculture. In fact, leading property researcher Simon Pressley recently named Mildura among Australia’s hottest housing markets.
There we have it. Whether it’s planning a holiday to this idyllic part of our fair country, considering relocation, or looking at an investment property, Mildura is a regional gem that is well and truly worth putting on your radar. Get in touch with First National Real Estate Collie & Tierney in Mildura for property advice today.
Please note the information provided here is general in nature and should not constitute as legal, financial, or professional advice.