The Living Heart of Mildura

20A Langtree Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500, Australia

The Living Heart of Mildura

20A Langtree Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500, Australia
Staff Pick
30 m
2.06 km
Easy

Summary

Starting at the Grand Hotel (last point of interest on this site map), this walk takes you through the heart and soul of Mildura's retail & commercial district.

The Living Heart of Mildura

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Over the years, much has come and gone but Langtree Avenue is one of the main roads that has endured.

#7 Originally the Grand Hotel was known as the Coffee Palace and it was run by the two daughters of H.B Williams. The change of name to the Grand Hotel occurred in 1920. Enter the Grand Hotel’s main entrance and turn left. To your right, you will see a display of historical photos, take your time to look at these before progressing through the glass doors to see one of Mildura’s original Chaffey fountains that sits in the garden and to read the accompanying plaque.

As you proceed down Langtree Ave, you pass on your left, some of Mildura’s iconic restaurants, The new Spanish Bar and Grill, Seasons and Stefano Cellar's. This end of Langtree Avenue is fondly known as Feast Street and the array of restaurants that you pass will leave you in no confusion about why.

Continuing on the left, you come to the Mildura Brewery. It is worth popping in here to see a wonderful old photo that captures the intensity of a real Mallee dust storm. The Mildura Brewery is the original site of the ‘hard top’ Wonderland, a wintertime cinema. Its name was changed to the Astor in the 1920’s and recent renovations have preserved parts of the old cinema.

You will pass the Mildura Brewery, this was the original site of the "hard top" Wonderland, a wintertime cinema. It's name changed to Astor in the 1920s.

Opposite the Mildura Brewery you will see the Telephone Exchange. Back in 1910 it was the site of Wonderland, an open air cinema. You could be forgiven for thinking Mildura was filled with movie buffs back in the day because only a little further up Langtree on the right was another theatre, the Majestic.

The Majestic shared a similar place along the street as the old Jones Livery Stables, which stood at approximately number 27. From here people could hire horses, jinkers and carriages.

The T&G building on the corner of Eighth and Langtree has a distinctive clock tower. In the 1920’s it was the site of the Zimmers Building.

On the corner of 8th and Langtrere is Mildura’s bakery institution, Hudaks. It started life as Bowrings Buildings. The lane behind the building is still named Bowrings Lane.

On the opposite side of the mall is where another of Mildura’s old department stores, Shillidays once stood. Again, the lane behind this building is named after Shillidays.

Walk through the mall to see many historic points of interest.

Across Eleventh Street is the Sacred Heart Peace Memorial Roman Catholic Church. Mildura had its first public mass in the old Langtree Hall, which was at 63 Langtree Avenue. In 1896, a wooden structure was built in Pine Avenue and in 1924 that building was relocated to this site. It still stands in the grounds of the adjacent St Joseph’s College.

In 1921 the original brick church was built, with substantial alterations during the 1960’s. The nave however, remains as it was in 1921.

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Points of Interest

1. The Grand Hotel

Originally the Grand Hotel was known as the Coffee Palace. The change of name to the Grand Hotel occurred in 1920. Head inside to see historic pictures. See walk description for more.

2. Feast Street

Mildura’s iconic restaurants, The new Spanish Bar and Grill, Seasons and Stefano Cellar's. This end of Langtree Avenue is fondly known as Feast Street.

3. The Mildura Brewery

Mildura Brewery is the original site of the ‘hard top’ Wonderland, a wintertime cinema. Its name was changed to the Astor in the 1920’s and recent renovations have preserved parts of the old cinema

4. T&G building

The T&G building on the corner of Eighth and Langtree has a distinctive clock tower. In the 1920’s it was the site of the Zimmers Building.

5. Hudaks Bakery

Mildura’s bakery institution, Hudaks. It started life as Bowrings Buildings. The lane behind the building is still named Bowrings Lane.

6. Shillidays Corner

Site of Mildura’s old department store Shillidays. Shillidays ceased operation in the 1980’s. A short walk down from Shillidays Corner is the store Doug Haynes. It was the site of Mildura’s Bakehouse

7. The Ozone

Where Rockmans is now located, was the site of yet another cinema, the Ozone. It closed in 1971, choosing the film ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ to say goodbye with.

8. Banjo’s Bakery

Banjo’s Bakery was once the surgery of Mildura’s first resident dentist, Claude Sutton. Mr. Sutton practiced here for 50 years.

9. Dr. Abramowski’s Chemist

Where the Bendigo Bank stands was once the site of Dr. Abramowski’s Chemist, similarly to Mr. Sutton, he was the first physician in the town and he gained an impressive reputation.

10. Mildura Fire Station

On the left, 89 Langtree Avenue marks where the Mildura Fire Station stood from early in the 20th century until 1980, currently Tristar Medical Centre

11. St. Andrews Church

Across 11th and left towards Deakin Ave is the Uniting Church, known as St Andrew’s. It started out as a Presbyterian church and was built in 1914, at a cost of 2097 pounds.

12. Mildura Public Offices

Across 11th Street are the Mildura Public Offices.

13. Sacred Heart Peace Memorial Roman Catholic Church.

Across 11th St is the Catholic Church. In 1896, a wooden structure was built in Pine Ave & in 1924 that building was relocated to this site. In 1921 the original brick church was built.

14. Catholic Church and Presbytery

The neighbouring presbytery was erected in 1935. A walk inside the church is welcomed and the 14 Stations of the Cross, fine timberwork and stained glass are worth closer inspection.

15. Lime Ave

Lime Ave was once a primarily residential street but is now an extension of the commercial centre. Places such as the Ballerina Ballroom, a popular dance spot in the 60’s are long gone.

16. Nash Building

The Nash Building, named for G.A Nash, the original occupier of the building. Th building was completed in 1917, however the Nash Backery and Grocery business dates back to 1888.

17. Telephone Exchange

Opposite the Mildura Brewery is the Telephone Exchange. In 1910 it was the site of Wonderland, an open air cinema. Entry was 1 shilling for adults, 1/2 for children and 2 shillings to reserve a chair

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