Taken from the Aboriginal word meaning "red earth", Mildura helms a striking region of natural beauty. Rich earth is met underneath bright blue skies, with the vines of one of Australia's most prominent wine districts and the lull of the Murray River.
A friendly town with a long indigenous and migrant history, Mildura sits in the centre of Victoria's Food Bowl – otherwise known as the Sunraysia district – where most of the country's dried fruit, grapes, citrus, almonds, pistachios, olives, carrots and asparagus are grown.
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Mildura is best experienced through its food and wine. The region is abuzz with gardens, farms, orchards and vineyards, which supply fresh produce and goods to local restaurants, cafes, cellar doors, food outlets and markets.
Aptly known as Feastreet by locals, Langtree Avenue, between 7th and 8th streets, is Mildura’s premier dining precinct, featuring an array of restaurants and eateries. Stefano's at Quality Hotel Mildura Grand is the famous street’s most famous resident. Serving six course Northern Italian-style banquets, Stefano’s is a multi-award winning restaurant. Promoting the Murray's culinary resources, celebrity chef and author, Stefano de Pieri runs and owns the restaurant. His food can also be sampled at Stefano’s Cafe Bakery, Gallery and Cellar Door and Bar on Deakin Avenue.
As common in most Australian regional centres, locals flock to the pub for a hearty meal. The Mildura Gateway Tavern offers inexpensive steak, seafood and pub fare meals and selection of local and imported wines. Crown Hotel Wentworth dishes up lunch specials, with daily menu changes. Mildura Brewery Pub has a number of home-grown, award winning beers on tap, complemented by pub meals and brewery tours.
Discover the area’s rich history of winemaking at one of several renowned cellar doors. Meet the winemakers, learn about their techniques, sample the region’s finest drops and complement the experience with a meal at a winery restaurant. Chateau Mildura produces three ranges of award winning table wines. Deakin Estate specialises in both red and white wines, and is renowned for using innovative vineyard techniques. As one of Australia's oldest premium wine brands Lindemans is the region’s best known drop. While Trentham Estate offers taste testing and meals on the banks of the Murray River. If the schedule doesn’t permit a day trip into the valley, local Mildura wines can also be enjoyed at a number of local restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes.
For a truly unique foodie experience board a historic paddleboat and dine while cruising the impressive waters of two of the world’s most famous rivers, the Murray and the Darling.
Mildura has a good reputation when it comes to shopping. The picturesque country city hosts two major retail zones: the downtown central business district and Centro Midura, the area’s largest shopping complex.
Mildura's CBD is home to more than 350 traders, including 300 specialty stores. The city centre has distinct dining, entertainment and retail precincts, each with individual flair and personality. Two retail precincts that stand out are Langtree Mall and Lime Avenue. Langtree Mall is renowned as the area’s fashion strip, featuring an array of boutiques, selling fashion, jewellery and accessories from well known Australian and international brands. While Lime Avenue, between 8th and 9th streets, specialises in all things children, including toy stores, uniform shops and babies supply outlets.
Centro Mildura is within easy walking distance of the city centre. Located on the corner 15th Street and Deakin Avenue, the large shopping complex houses major retailers, supermarkets, a fresh food precinct, and over 80 specialty stores.
Regular Sunday markets add regional flavour and vibrancy to Mildura’s shopping scene. Stock up on fresh locally-grown produce and gourmet foods at colourful community markets like Sunraysia Farmers' Market, Red Cliffs Country Market, Sunday Langtree Mall Market and Merbein Street Market.