Mildura's Riverfront History

LOT 1 Hugh King Drive, Mildura VIC 3500, Australia

Mildura's Riverfront History

LOT 1 Hugh King Drive, Mildura VIC 3500, Australia

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51 m
3.42 km

Mildura's Riverfront History - Historic Walk

Mildura's Riverfront History

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Mildura's Riverfront History - Historic Walk


Commence your walk at at Nowingi Place, a sound shell that plays host to outdoor concerts and entertainment.

This is a picturesque walk that takes you along the riverbank and up passed Rio Vista.

This area of Mildura has always been busy but where once it was the centre for commerce and industry, with several mills, stores and works located conveniently close to the river and wharf, it’s now Mildura’s playground.

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Points of Interest

1. Captain Charles Sturt marker

About 50 metres along the Rower’s Lawn is a marker that commemorates the passing of Captain Charles Sturt through this area in 1830.

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2. Cureton Avenue

The road leading up the hill is Cureton Avenue, and is named after Stephen Cureton, the man George Chaffey first sent to the district to explore the potential of developing an irrigation colony.

3. Water Play

Formally the Ornamental Lakes (pic attached), this area mark the site of the old Risby Sawmill, circa 1888. The area was transformed into a recreation water play are in 2015.

4. Nowingi Place - host to outdoor concerts and entertainment

The sound shell was given the name Nowingi, to acknowledge the tremendous community effort that went into successfully fighting against a proposed toxic waste dump in the Mallee locality of Nowingi.

5. Lock Island

Cross over the lock and explore Lock Island. During Mildura’s temperance era (1887-early 1900’s), this island was known as Pinkie Bend, due to the amount of illegal liquor drunk on the island.

6. Various Sculptures

Along Cueton and in the Art Centre lawns you will see significant sculptures from the Mildura Sculpture Triennials which took place between 1961 and 1988.

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7. Mildura Arts Centre and Cafe

In 1966, an art gallery and theatre were added to Rio Vista house and the whole complex became known as the Mildura Arts Centre and was officially opened by Sir Henry Bolte in November 1966.

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8. The Grand Hotel

Enter the Grand Hotel’s main entrance and turn left. To your right, you will see a display of historical photos. Through the glass doors are one of Mildura’s original Chaffey fountains.

9. Prince and Princess of Wales Fountain Plaza

This fountain is very special as it was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on the 29th October 1985. Many Mildura residence crowded around to see the Princess Diana.

10. Railway overpass

A short walk across the railway overpass leads back to the riverfront, to your car and to the end of this walk or head down to the Hugh King Drive underpass to avoid the stairs.

11. The Bungalow

A Queen Anne style home, it is in keeping with its revered neighbor. The original owner of the Bungalow was Lancelot Conway-Gordon and later was home to J.H Shilliday. It remains a private residence.

12. The Mildura Wharf

Mildura Wharf has been a vital part of the town and inland river transport system since the 1880s. It was established by the Mildura Progress Committee in 1888 to assist the burgeoning river trade.

13. MIldura Rowing Club

Rowing is a popular sport in Mildura and the club hosts an annual Easter Regatta that sees crews visit from across three states. Attached is a photo of the Rowing Club in the 1931 floods.

14. The Powerhouse

The Powerhouse, which operated from the 1920’s through to the 1950’s, until the S.E.C took over Mildura’s electricity supply. It is now used by several community groups inc the Mildura Theatre Company

15. Jaycee Park

Jaycee Park is adjacent to the Powerhouse and is a perfect spot for family fun with and fabulous play equipment, BBQ areas and shady spots. A large locomotive dominates the grassed area to the front.

16. MIldura Lawn Tennis Club

One of Australia's leading tennis venues, featuring 32 world class grass courts. In 1997 some Davis Cup matches were played on these courts, and it attracts a number of tournaments each year.

17. Mildura Weir

Construction of the Mildura Weir began in Aug 1923 with the aims of raising both the water level & the pressure from the Mildura & Red Cliffs irrigation pumps. Picture,:View of Weir from Lock 11.

18. Lock 11

Completed in 1928. Paddle steamers still pass through the lock daily. The Mildura system is the only site on the River Murray where a lock and weir are separated by an island. Image: Construction 1927

19. Rio Vista House

Rio Vista, which is Spanish for River View, was completed in 1892 . Rio Vista was the home W.B Chaffey, built in a tangible show of his faith in the future of the district he founded.

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20. Old Railway Carriage Sheds

The old sheds, 36 metres long, extending from Olive to Pine Avenue, had 24 bays for carriages which were an essential form of protection from Mildura’s extreme heat.

21. MIldura Railway Station

Mildura’s railway commenced operation in 1903 and the current station was completed in 1978.


Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water available Drinking Water available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden