The Australian region of Mildura is known around the world as one of the main producers of grapes for Australian wines, but there is much more to offer visitors in this largely undiscovered city in the state of Victoria. From exciting outdoor activities to a large number of artistic displays and shows, this region is a must see for those looking for a combination of history and modern leisure activities.
Settled on the site of a derelict sheep farming station, Mildura quickly grew after it was settled in 1887 into a thriving center for farming and agriculture. Throughout the history of the city artists and creative people have been drawn to the semi-arid climate of the region and its liberal attitude towards the arts. In the present day, the city is home to the Mildura Arts Center, which is home to a gallery space and large number of performances held each year in the performing arts center.
The long hot summers of Mildura make it the perfect home for a number of outdoor activities, with the city’s famous hot air balloon festival taking place each year and a good reason to look into car rental. The River Murray is also home to a large number of water sports, river cruises and historic trips on the resident paddle steamers.
Food and drink lovers have known of the Mildura region for a number of years and should take advantage of the available tours of cellar doors to sample the award winning wines on offer. Creating around 30 percent of the grapes produced in Victoria and 20 percent of the grapes used for wine production in Australia, any wine enthusiast should not miss the opportunity to explore this world famous wine producing region.
Annual events not to be missed in Mildura include the yearly Jazz Food & Wine Festival that showcases local wines, gourmet food and soothing music. Each November, Melbourne Gold Cup Week is celebrated in Mildura with another wine festival that celebrates the best in undiscovered and international wines.