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Mildura is set right on the Murray River in the northwest part of Victoria, Australia. Mildura is a bigger town, with a population of well-over 30,000 people, though the charming, friendly feel is not compromised. The region is known for its fertile soils and rich history of agriculture. As such, the dining scene in Mildura is unbelievable. Land, water and even air activities keep residents and visitors of all types busy at all times of the year. Lovely holiday houses sit again lush countryside and winding banks of the Murray River to create a lovely environment for short and extended stays in Mildura.
Much of the entertaining in Mildura is done in and around the water. This is actually one of the top destinations for water skiing in the region, and as such, there is an annual competition known as the Mildura 100. Besides skiing, wakeboarding is an adrenaline-pumping alternative out on the river. Professional instruction is available for both sports, so even beginners can be comfortable. Calmer alternatives include cruises on 19th century paddleboats and river tours on houseboats. These options allow Mildura holidaymakers to get the best views in the area while wining and dining at their leisure. Some houseboats are available for rental, so visitors have the option to sleep right on the water.
An impressive asset of Mildura is the dining scene. To get the best exposure to some of the best restaurants in the city, visit Feast Street. This popular area is set on Langtree Avenue right between 7th and 8th Streets. International and local options are available in this area, and all of the restaurants benefit from the great fresh produce from surrounding farms. In addition to the numerous eateries, there are wine cafes and coffee shops to explore. Much of the wine found in Mildura is also locally sourced, as well.
Mildura is renowned for its beautiful and vast wineries. In fact, this region produces more than 80 percent of all the grapes for Victoria. Chardonnay is the most popular varietal grown in Mildura, though merlot, shiraz and even cabernet sauvignon are also harvested from the lush vineyards. Taking a tour of the area's wineries is the best way to learn more about the wine of the region. Tour the region on your own at your own pace, or join one of the group tours that depart from Mildura. Several of the vineyards and wineries also have onsite eating establishments, so grabbing a bite to eat while out on the road is never an issue.
There are several activity options in Mildura to accommodate those traveling with children. The area's putt putt golf course is a fantastic option for entertainment. Unique obstacles present patrons with a fun and challenging way to kill a couple of hours. More adventurous types have access to go carts at the track. For those who do not want to drive, there is a large window through which to observe the action. Museums, such as the Langtree Hall Museum and Mildura Arts Centre and Rio Vista Homestead, allow holidaymakers to get a dose of culture while having fun.
A fun and unique highlight of Mildura is the ability to see the landscape from above. Hot air balloon rides are a fun treat for the entire family. Some of the best rides leave right at dawn and allow visitors to watch the sun rise over the colourful landscape. Riverbanks, the outback and even rolling hills are visible from the balloons. Licensed professional operators ensure a safe experience for all riders.
Mildura benefits from a semi-arid climate and features warm summers and cold winters. Before booking a holiday in Mildura, note that most seasons feature rain, though the winter and spring months are the wettest. With the wide range of options available to visitors, though, there is plenty to do even on the cold, rainy days.
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