Paddle Steamers at Mildura VIC, Australia 4 days 3 nights

short break adventure

Mildura weekend outback trip — travel guide & itinerary

Trip Length:4 days, 3 nights
Best time to visit:April to October
Weather:Mildura makes a good winter getaway, but summer can be stiflingly hot. You are recommended to avoid the area in summer.

Mildura, Vic – Daily Weather Observations

  • Sunset on the Murray River banks
  • Mungo Park
  • King Billabong
  • Murray-Sunset National Park and the pink lakes
  • Murray River cruise
  • Foodie scene Mildura style
About Trip
Mildura extended weekend adventure
The outback without the long road trip

It’s a long way to go and what’s so special about Mildura?

The outback. Extraordinary pink lakes, an outback resembling Mars, and a stoic outback heritage story. A great reason to spend the weekend in Mildura. To cap off the surreal landscape is a remote town with a parade of mouth watering restaurants. It is the paradox that is Mildura. Forget the greasy spoon, Mildura’s foodie scene would not look out of place in cosmopolitan Melbourne. A  trip on a heritage paddle boat is not complete without tasting the wares of the lemon groves and wineries bordering the town.

Panorama of still river water of Murray between elevated Victoria Red Cliffs and low NSW plains at sunset

Day 1
Late afternoon arrival

Adjacent to the airport is Perry Sandhills. Let’s get you into the spirit of the weekend with a quick visit to Perry Sandhills. The buried tree is estimated to be 500 years old and thriving although most of the tree is under the sand dunes. Dusk and sunset is heralded with dazzling red and gold lights as the setting sun baths the dunes in fading light. The lights fracture as it moulds around the dunes providing a natural light show. Night skies are vivid pinpricks of numerous stars and well worth the wait for dusk

Perry Sandhills @Australian Traveller


Grand Hotel, Mildura @choicehotels

Recommended hotel is the Grand Hotel. The hotel is centrally located, it is reasonably priced, with a consistent standard level of service. Mildura is well prepared for visitors with a range of accommodation from the comfortable Grand Hotel to camping grounds.

Day 2

Perhaps you are able to rouse yourself to find a secluded spot beside the river, watch the sunrise and be part of the rising sun as it slowly lit the sky, the river and the river gums. Watch sunrise Mallee style. Then breakfast at one of the many cafes along the main street then onto Munga Park. Remember to check with the safety information before your day at Mungo National Park.

Mungo Man, Lady archeological site, Mungo National Park boardwalk

Day 3

In contrast to the dry outback atmosphere of Mungo Park is the lush wet world of Kings Billabong. A billabong emerged from the nineteenth century irrigation plans with a historic pumping station still in working order. The Psyche Bend Pumping Station – Running Day is next door to the carpark. Check the website if engineering is your thing and you want to see the nineteenth century pumps in full throttle.

Murray-Sunset National Park, Pink salt lake


A free period to explore the heritage town of Mildura and district or to wander through the shops, spend time in the local markets, soak in the atmosphere of an outback town with a river as its backyard. Enjoy oranges, explore all things orange visiting well known orchards. Mildura is best known for its Oranges. The place to go for a Mildura orange experience is Orange World. There are three orchard train tours a day through the oranges and avocados.

Pink Lakes @visitmildura


At leisure to choose from the numerous dining options where to relax and recount your day. Perhaps a repeat visit to Stefano’s or another delectable dining establishment that has caught your eye.

Overnight Mildura

Mildura, Victoria @limbarlee_life

Day 4
Sunday morning
Paddle steam cruise

What a way to finish the weekend with a leisurely cruise on a paddle steamer on the Murray. The Murray is an iconic river where you are tracing the river routes of early pioneer families. The river was the road. PS Melbourne / PV Rothbury / PB Mundoo will be your paddle steamer, simply follow the link to select the length and duration of your cruise. Book a Murray paddle steamer cruise here. Duration 3 hours.

Paddle steamers moored ready for passengers Murray River

Travel pack information

Sunraysia Highway @Wikipedia

Getting there

Melbourne to Mlidura

Calder Highway (M79) into Victoria’s north-west. This 540km trip will take 5-6 hours.

Regional public transport for Victoria – Ticketing & fares V/Line runs a train service to Swan Hill, where you then board a bus to Mildura. This takes about 7 ½ hours.

Fly: Virgin, QantasLink and Rex Airlines all offer daily flights to Mildura that can be as quick as 50 mins or up to 1 hour and 20 mins.   Check websites for fares and flight times.


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