Welcome to the final leg of our trip along the Murray River. Part 1 saw us exploring Albury–Wodonga and heading towards Echuca, and Part 2 took us to beautiful Swan Hill. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy as we saunter along towards Mildura.
Swan Hill to Mildura
264 kilometres, three hours and 30 minutes
Known for being home to the Pioneers Settlement, Swan Hill allows you to immerse yourself in early-settler history. Walking through the town is reminiscent of a stroll through the high street during the 1830–1930s. At the Pioneer Settlement open-air museum enjoy horse-drawn carriages, blacksmiths and print stores, all with staff dressed in period clothing. A fun fact for monarch fans: the Queen visited Swan Hill in 1970!
Nature-lovers can follow the Mallee Highway towards the Murray-Sunset National Park, home to the famous Pink Lakes. Nestled on the border of Victoria and South Australia, the Murray-Sunset National Park is the second largest national park in Victoria and is home to an array of environments – woodlands, sand dunes and bushland!
Arriving in Mildura, you’ll find an abundance of activities on offer. From wineries and restaurants, to markets and vintage lolly stores, there is plenty to choose from! If you haven’t had your fix of the Murray River, then water activities and walking trails are also on the cards during your stay. Spend the day visiting the Mildura Arts Centre and Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, both close to the centre of the town.
Since you’ve taken this journey this far, how about another road trip? Head north for two hours into New South Wales and visit Mungo National Park – it’s definitely worth the extra kilometres!
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Inland New South Wales post and use this as a guide if you’re continuing your trip north!
Pictured is a paddle steamer on the Murray River. Image courtesy of Visit Victoria.