Travelling Australia - Journal 2006
5-6 March 2006 - Mildura

Location map Mildura, and nearby Wentworth, are very much river and irrigation towns with heavy emphasis on the Murray and Darling Rivers (especially the former) and on paddle-steamers. Lock 11 of the system of barrages and locks built to control the Murray River is just outside Mildura and is a focus for picnicers and paddle-steamer tours (Lock 10 is near Wentworth).

The weather was quite hot (about 28 degrees outside the van at 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon). At about 9 at night, we were invaded by thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of very small flying insects about 1.5 mm long with 3 mm wingspan which were attracted to the light and so small they entered the van through every small nook and cranny. There were so many of them crawling on the computer that I stopped work in case they got inside and damaged the electronics. Next morning there were thousands of them lying in the van and in the park amenities block. But early mornings were quite cool; 18 degrees in the van at 8:00 o'clock.

As well as patronising the full range of shops in Mildura we visited the old Mildura Homestead including a reconstruction of the first homestead in the region and the source of the name Mildura for the city. There is also a reconstructed "woolshed" available for functions and one or two other smaller buildings. One of these contains a series of informatory texts dealing with the early days of Mildura.

Murray River The Murray River near Mildura.
Lock 11 Lock 11 on the Murray River near Mildura. The downstream gates are open to permit vessels to leave and enter the lock while the upstream gates at the far end of the lock remain closed.
Weir 11 Weir 11 near Mildura.
Mildura Homestead Reconstructed first Mildura Homestead. The external pieces of wood on the roof are holding down the bark forming the roof. On the right on the verandah is a cooler made of wood with ventilation holes in the door and ventilation slats on the sides. The walls and door are about 14 cm thick and hollow filled with charcoal presumably for insulation.