Cycle Victoria, Sightseeing Ride, Mildura Riverside Track Ride

Mildura sits beside the Murray, taking its environmental, social and economic lifeblood from it. This ride celebrates that relationship. Starting from the tranquil setting of the Arts Centre travelling along side the river past locks, the pioneer settlement and river boats, the path finishes at Apex Park. The park is surrounded by state forest that is abundant with animal and bird life and is also located beside a broad, golden sandbar ideal for swimming and taking in the sun and fishing.

Terrain

Gravel shared pathway on mostly flat terrain. As with all rides in this area, the weather is kind for all but the hottest days of summer.

Traffic

This path is popular with both recreational cyclists and those just out for a walk.

Access

Mildura is 546 kilometres north west of Melbourne on the Calder Highway. The ride leaves from the car park at Rio Vista Park opposite the Arts Centre on Cureton Avenue. From the Sturt Highway turn left at Seventh Street and right at Chaffey Avenue. VicRoads Map 535:P3.

Food and Drink

There is a café at the Arts Centre and a shop at the caravan park in Apex Park.

Side Trip

At the end of the ride you can continue on the path for another 3.4 kilometre return trip following the river on a shared track.

 

More Details

The ride commences in the car park across the road from the Mildura Arts Centre, which is approximately one kilometre from the CBD. The centre contains a fine art gallery and performing arts theatre. There are regular shows and exhibitions in this vibrant facility. Rio Vista House, with its serene gardens set with sculptures, provides the main setting for the Arts Centre and was the home of the Chaffey brothers who pioneered Mildura in 1886 where they established the first irrigation scheme in Australia.

They originally established themselves at the Old Mildura Homestead, which you pass as you head along the shared pathway, after traversing the river cliff tops. Mildura Station Homestead as it was originally called, was the first Mildura station established by the Jamieson brothers in 1847. It was here that the idea for the irrigation of the colony evolved. The fruit trees around the homestead were watered from the river and the success of this innovation demonstrated the potential for much wider use of the irrigation.

The site consists of the re-created homestead, outbuildings, and wool-shed. Before arriving at the homestead, you should take a detour to get a close view of Lock 11, one of the 13 that enables the river to be navigable right up to Yarrawonga. You may even get to see a vessel go through the locks whilst you are there. Originally the locks were built to allow navigation along the Murray from Blanchetown in South Australia right up to Torrumbarry Weir near Echuca. Today they hold back water for irrigation, but also support the houseboat tourist industry.

Beyond the homestead the path enters the state forest, close beside the river, until you reach Apex Park. The park, with its broad sandbar beach and picnic areas, is the water recreation destination for locals and visitors alike. If you continue on, the path changes to tracks that take you further into the red gum forests. The birdlife here is quite apparent and you will even find mountain ducks perched in the trees beside the river.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Leave the car park opposite the Arts Centre on the path heading north. The path goes down and up a few steps in front of a monument so detour around.
  • 0.1 The path winds around back towards the road and follows the road.
  • 0.4 You can cross Hugh King Dr or take a short detour to have a close look at the river locks.
  • 0.8 Enter the pioneer village via the entrance gates, stop and have a look around and then continue along the path as it follows the riverbank for the rest of the journey. Even when it’s hot there is plenty of shade along the path
  • 2.8 The pathway ends in the car park at Apex Park where you turn right onto the road passing the caravan park kiosk,
  • 3.2 The ride ends at the car park turn-a-round beside the caravan park.
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    3.182 km / 1.977 mi

    Total Distance

    24 m / 77 ft

    Total Ascent

    31 m / 101 ft

    Total Descent

    50 m / 165 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 3.2
    Elevation Gain: 40
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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