MILDURA

Magical Mildura – your life, your way

STORY: KIRSTEN LLOYD     PHOTOGRAPHY: VISIT VICTORIA

 In far northwest Victoria, nestled into the bends of the Murray River, is a town blessed with a Mediterranean climate, offering a lifestyle unlike anything else in the state. The summers are long and warm, the winters are mild. When grey cloud descends on Melbourne, Mildura basks under a blue Mallee sky.

According to the latest REA Insights Regional Australia Report, Mildura attracted the third-highest number of First-Home Buyer enquiries in regional Victoria on realestate.com.au between March and September this year, and ranked No.1 for property investor enquiry.

Mildura has a long history of welcoming newcomers, from soldier settlers after World War I, to the recent East African refugees. The town was founded in the late 1800s by Canadian brothers, W.B and George Chaffey, who recognised the area’s irrigated farming potential. Almost 150 years later, Mildura’s a thriving horticultural centre, with thousands of hectares supporting an array of fruit and vegetables, from grapes and oranges to carrots and almonds. In spring and summer, the region is a sea of green as the vines burst into life, offering a striking contrast to the rich red earth underfoot.

Surrounded by the semi-arid Mallee, Mildura has a unique environment, linked to both the river and the outback – salt bush and scrub seamlessly give way to gum trees as the Murray weaves ever closer. The diverging landscape, coupled with the mild climate, affords its residents an enviably relaxed way of living. When the working week’s done, there are countless places and ways to enjoy the town, river, culturally rich lands and everything that’s raised from them.

As a key player in Australia’s ‘Food Bowl’ and with an enduring Italian influence in the town thanks to post World War II immigration, Mildura’s food culture challenges the notion that quality dining cannot be experienced beyond city borders. There’s an impressive range of restaurants that reflect the increasingly multicultural community and thanks to the climate, outdoor dining is commonplace for much of the year. Quality local produce and resourceful experimentation mean Mildura diners get the best of both worlds – city flair without the crowds.  

Mildura is a remote city. However, this has fostered a strongly connected community, boasting a staggering number of community groups, activities, farmers’ and makers’ markets, facilities and a vibrant riverfront precinct.

With a family focus, children’s services and activities are at the heart of the community. Mildura has 47 schools, along with a La Trobe University campus and a nationally awarded TAFE and these are supported by clubs that cater for almost every sporting and artistic interest imaginable. Both children and adults are spoilt for choice; ball and water sports; motorsports; performing and creative arts; athletics; bush walking – there’s even a mountainless bike club.

Mildura has plenty to offer, no matter what stage of life, and the real estate market underpins this – Mildura has been identified as one of the strongest markets in Australia. The rental market is highly competitive and new housing estates are expanding across the district to accommodate the demand from home buyers and investors. Homes are generally positioned within low and medium density corridors, with acreage available further from town; all representing outstanding value when compared to city prices. Its location means that Mildura is largely self-reliant. It has over 85 health and allied health services, including both a public and private hospital and an economy driven by regional manufacturing, agriculture/horticulture and construction, with health and social services, retail, education, agriculture and horticultural the leading regional employers.

Five hundred and fifty kilometres from Melbourne, Mildura is a remote city. However, this has fostered a strongly connected community, boasting a staggering number of community groups, activities, farmers’ and makers’ markets, facilities and a vibrant Riverfront precinct – offering the kind of lifestyle that pulls off that delicate balance we all crave. You can do as little or as much as you want and with regular state and interstate bus services and an airport that provides daily flights to Melbourne and beyond, Mildura is really only as isolated as you choose to make it.

A move to Mildura would be a life-change but more than that, it would be life-changing.

The Traditional Custodians of the land on which Mildura stands are the Latji Latji and Barkindji people.

SNAPSHOT

 WATTLE ROAD 🖤 Warm in spirit as well as year-around temperatures, this city provides well for family living and educational needs.
DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE: 550 km
POPULATION: 32,738
WHO LIVES HERE?
According to the 2016 Census:
♦ The median age of people in Mildura was 39 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.1%.
♦ Of the families in Mildura, 36.3% were couple families with children, 41.3% were couple families without children and 20.7% were one parent families.
♦ 77.0% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 1.5%, Italy 1.2%, India 0.9%, New Zealand 0.9% and Afghanistan 0.8%.
♦ The most common occupations in Mildura included professionals 18.0%, labourers 13.5%, technicians and trades workers 13.2%, community and personal service workers 12.5%, and sales workers 12.1%.
CLIMATE:  Summer average temperature, min 17ºC, max 32ºC. Winter average temperature min 5ºC, max 16ºC.
PROPERTY PRICES: The median house sale price is $330,000. The median unit price is $209,000. According to realestate.com.au, Mildura recorded the highest level of investor enquiry in Victoria, during the March to September 2020 period.
CURRENT SUBDIVISION APPLICATIONS: 48
NEW LOTS CREATED: 876
MAJOR EMPLOYERS: Health and Social Services; Education, Retail, Agriculture, Horticulture
SCHOOLS: 31 primary schools, 8 secondary and 8 combined primary/secondary
TERTIARY: La Trobe University, SuniTAFE
NBN CONNECTION: Fibre To The Curb (FTTC)
HEALTH CARE: Public and Private Hospital, health clinics, women’s and family health,
SPORT AND RECREATION: Sunraysia Football Netball League, Sunraysia Cricket Association, Mildura Basketball Association, Football Federation Sunraysia (soccer), Mildura Tennis Club, Mildura Rowing Club, Mildura District Ski Club, Mountainless Bike Club, Mildura Kart Club, Sunraysia Motorsports Club, Sunraysia Academy of Sport, Badminton Mildura, Mildura Squash Club, Sunraysia District Golf Association, Mildura Little Athletics, Park Run, Nangiloc Fishing Club, Swimming Clubs, Sunraysia Baseball League, Bowls Sunraysia Division, Sunraysia Bushwalkers Club, Sunraysia Table Tennis Association
ARTS AND CULTURE: Mildura Arts Centre (Gallery and Theatre), Rio Vista, Wallis Cinema, Red Cliffs Players, Electric Light Theatre, The Art Vault, Riverfront Art Gallery, mim Gallery, Mildura Ballet and Dance Guild, Sunraysia Dance Academy, Mildura Academy of Music and Performance, Mildura Writers Festival, Riverfront Boutique Market, Sunraysia Farmers’ Market, The Great Vanilla Slice Triumph, Easter Power Sports, Ted Hurly Classic, Mildura Rowing Regatta
COUNCIL: www.mildura.vic.gov.au

MY HOMETOWN

DAVID SICKERDICK

“I moved from South Australia to Mildura in 2011. I was drawn to the town because of its great mix of city and country living. Mildura is classed as a city and it offers the opportunities associated with that, but it retains a laid-back feel.

“We are on the doorstep of the bush, so we can enjoy all the aspects of the city, or we can get out of town at the drop of the hat. Five minutes down the road and it’s a different world. Now raising my son here, I appreciate that even more – we can show him a really varied life. Today we went for a walk at Kings Billabong and we saw a turtle nest – to be able to give him that kind of life, where he gets to experience nature is really special. 

“From a professional point of view, I’ve started my own commercial photography business and I think it was much easier to do here, I was able to establish a professional reputation and build up my local client base very quickly, and because of Mildura’s airport, I’ve had the ability to market myself nationally. I can travel wherever I need to and that gives me the flexibility to pursue all sorts of opportunities.

“I think Mildura has the best of both worlds. The people are friendly, the lifestyle is relaxed but the opportunities and facilities here are well beyond what most people would expect of a country town.”

MELBOURNE

Travel time is approximately 60 minutes.

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3/317 San Mateo Avenue, Mildura

3/317 San Mateo Avenue, Mildura

$190,000-$209,000

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120a Thirteenth Street, Mildura

120a Thirteenth Street, Mildura

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