Mildura, meaning 'red earth', is located in the North Western Corner of Victoria, some 550 kilometres from Melbourne. It is often described as the states 'food bowl' producing up to 80% of all Victoria's grapes and large quantities of citrus fruits. To protect its industry from disease, the region is part of the 'Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone' and visitors that bring fruits or vegetables into the area face hefty fines.
Mildura is on the banks of the Murray river and in 1853, when the Paddle Steamers were introduced and the area of Wentworth became the central administration and commercial hub for the region, in terms of cargo volumes, it was only ever surpassed by Sydney.
Today's cities slogan, 'It starts with the river', pays tribute to the history of the life source for the town and tourism now has immerged as a growing industry. The romance of the Historic Paddle Steamers are still popular but becoming replaced by the modern houseboat, as many families choose to explore of the own accord. Fishing, boating and even swimming (Mildura is home to Australia's only inland Lifesaving Club) are all popular on what is becoming an increasingly busy waterway.
For more information on the City, visit Mildura Tourism.
Queensland - the Sunshine State.
New South Wales - the First State.
Victoria - the Garden State.
Tasmania - the Apple Isle.
South Australia - the Festival State.
Western Australia - the Real Thing.
Northern Territory - Outback Australia.