What to Do & See in the City of Mildura

Sightseeing Highlights

Mildura is known for its wineries, which produce a most of Australia’s Chardonnay, in addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and several other varieties. Visitors can sample wines at some of the wineries as well as at tasting centers in town.

A list of many of the region’s wineries, links to their websites, and a map of several tasting centers can be found here.

The Murray river offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including canoeing, kayaking, cruising on a paddle steamboat or on a chartered houseboat, and watching waterski races.

What to Do & See

  • Enjoy Mildura’s wines at local restaurants, tasting centers, and wineries. Mildura’s Feastreet is a focal point for dining and entertainment in town.
  • Have a beer and watch how it’s made at a the Mildura Brewery in the former Astor Theatre.
  • Take in the art and culture of the Mildura Region at the Mildura Regional Art Gallery. The gallery showcases works by local artists and houses a permanent collection of works by anglo-Irish artist Sir William Orpen and a number of important Australian artists.

    The gallery is connected to the stately home of W.B. Chaffey, one of the brothers who came from the United States to develop the irrigation structure of Mildura. His home, called ‘Rio Vista’ was built from 1889 to 1891 and was occupied by the Chaffey family until 1950, when it was offered for sale to the Mildura City Council.

  • Watch car and motorcycle racing at the Mildura Speedway.
  • Shop at Mildura’s many fine boutiques in the town center.
  • Stroll through the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, with its large rose garden, display of salt-tolerent local flora, rock garden, and exotic plants separated into geographical zones. The Gardens are located on River Road, Buronga, just two kilometers from Mildura. Enjoy local produce at the Sunraysia Farmers’ Market every other weekend in the Gardens.
  • Play golf (or miniature golf) at one of over half a dozen golf courses in the region. Some are near the city center, others lie on the banks of the Murray River. All offer a distinct golfing experience.
  • Experience the beauty of Mildura from the air with a hot air balloon ride by the Murray River, a scenic helicopter ride, or a private tour on a twin engine plane. The chartered helicopter or plane may also be used to reach destinations such as wineries and national parks.
  • Enjoy one of Mildura’s many festivals, races, and other special events.Some examples of Mildura’s wide range of special events are listed in this list:
  • Murray River International Music Festival (Jan.)

    Australia Day Celebrations (Jan.)

    Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival (Feb./Mar.)

    Annual Stamp and Coin Fair (May)

    Annual Doll & Teddy Show (July)

    Mildura & District Antique Fair (July)

    Tour of the Murray River Cycling (Aug.)

    Mildura Country Music Festival (Sept./Oct.)

    Mildury Sun Festival (Oct.)

    Mildura Gospel Music Festival (Oct.)

    Mildura Jazz, Food, and Wine Festival (Oct./Nov.)