Mildura is located in the far north-western corner of Victoria, on the banks of the Murray River, around 400 kilometres from Adelaide and under 550 kilometres from Melbourne. Originally a rather lifeless area, the region around Mildura was transformed into a rich agricultural oasis thanks to the work of the Chaffey brothers from Canada in the late 1800s due to their experience with creating irrigation settlements. Mildura is a popular tourist destination and a bustling regional city in an area well noted for its warm and stable weather. It features wide, tree-lined streets and is surrounded by vast numbers of wineries and fruit growing farms. The commercial centre of Mildura extends along the grand boulevard of Deakin Avenue with gardens and monuments located along its wide central strip. Running parallel to Deakin Avenue is Langtree Avenue which features an attractive pedestrian-only mall between 8th Street and 9th Street. The section of Langtree Avenue between 7th Street and 8th Street is nicknamed "Feast Street" due to its concentration of restaurants, cafes and bars. Mildura's famous natural attraction is the Murray River which offers many activities, such as paddle steamer cruises which depart from the Wharf, swimming, fishing and the popular activity of living on a hired house boat and cruising along the river for a number of days. Mildura's long history has left behind a legacy of historical buildings including the Rio Vista Mansion (home of the Chaffeys, built in 1889), the Old Mildura Homestead, and the Grand Hotel (1918). Mildura is the perfect base for exploring other locations in this area. A 90 minute drive west will take you into South Australia's rich Murray Riverland region surrounding Renmark and Berri. 30 kilometres north-west of Mildura is the historic port town of Wentworth in New South Wales, where the Murray River meets the Darling River, at the gateway to the vast New South Wales outback region. Robinvale The town of Robinvale is located between the Murray River towns of Mildura and Swan Hill in the north-west of Victoria. Robinvale is situated on a peninsula of land surrounded on three sides by the Murray River, making it a picturesque holiday spot. Around Robinvale are irrigated fruit and vegetable farms as well as a number of wineries, including McWilliams Wines which has a large vineyard right in the town. Robinvale is attractive and well-laid out, featuring wide streets and well-maintained gardens. Its commercial centre is primarily situated in tree-lined Perrin Street which leads to Caix Square - a central park with memorials related to the region's history. At the corner of the Murray Valley Highway and McLennan Drive is a huge windmill which was erected in 1948 and is claimed to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Following McLennan Drive along the river foreshore passes beside attractive parkland and the historic Robinswood Homestead which is located in Riverside Park and was built in 1926 as the home of the town's founder. Further along the road are various picnic spots, walking tracks and scenic viewing spots. To the south of town, off Pethard Road, is the Euston Weir and Lock 15, built to store water for irrigation. There are pleasant lawns, shelters and picnic facilities
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