Situated in the Sunraysia region of Northwestern Victoria, Mildura is a regional city of around thirty thousand people. Producing around eighty percent of Victoria's grapes, Mildura is a major agricultural centre where backpackers go to search for employment in seasonal jobs. Many wineries also source grapes from Mildura.
There are many hostels in Mildura. Most of them are working hostels hosting backpackers who need to be employed in farms to get some extra cash to continue their travels or to extend their working holiday visa.
Mildura, situated on the Murray River, is a hub for water sports. There is a small river beach located a few kilometers out of town or you can go for a cruise on the river on an authentic paddle steamer. The region's still weather (Mildura has a semi-arid climate with hot summers; winters can be cool, with frequent frost damaging the irrigated crops) also makes it ideal for hot-air ballooning and the annual Mildura International Balloon Fiesta attracts many visitors. For those who like nature, there are the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens in Mourquong, a short drive from Mildura, the Southern hemisphere's first semi-arid botanical gardens.
Mildura is around five hundred and fifty kilometers from Melbourne and four hundred kilometers from Adelaide. The city can be reached from both cities by buses departing several times a day. It is located on the intersection of the Sturt Highway from Adelaide to Sydney and the Calder Highway to Melbourne via Bendigo. There is also a small regional airport with flights to Melbourne and Adelaide.
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