Almanac Road Trip: Part 4 – Mildura

Almanac Road Trip: Part 4 – Mildura


The weather in Mildura though still cold was much kinder to us after the bitterness of Swan Hill.


Van all set up in the caravan park



Incredible some of the flood levels of the Murray. Hard to believe the river reached this heights.


The caravan park although further from the city centre than we thought when we booked proved to be a restful and peaceful park on the river.



On our first morning, Meryl and I decided to walk into town along the river for coffee and cake but the anticipated a three or four kilometre walk ended up a twelve kilometre walk and certainly made the coffee and cake at ‘Shippy’s’ very welcome indeed.








To walk alongside the mighty Murray enabled the river to be observed in all its various stages; swiftly flowing water, houseboats and paddle steamers, water birds of all shapes and sizes flittering at differing heights across the water, the scrub and the bush along the pathway, and in particular, the magnificent old red river gums were an impressive sight. The gnarled shapes of the trees are a sight to behold.





It is noticeable walking around the shopping precinct that Mildura is no different to many other rural centres with its empty shops which unfortunately is a sign of the effects felt by the  times over the past few years.


Citrus Bob and Col


To finally meet up with Citrus Bob Utber in the flesh was a highlight for me. Coffee at his favourite café provided the ideal environment to chat and discuss the issues of the sporting world, and life itself was an absolute delight.


Our next destination is Burra where we decided to book an old stone miner’s cottage for a few nights to escape the confines of the caravan before heading to Hawker and eventually Wilpena Pound.



All photos taken by Col on his iPhone.


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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. roger lowrey says

    Hey Col, with apologies to Richie Benaud, marvellous place Mildura. Lived there 1980 and 1981.

    Life then kinda overtook me a bit and I moved on but I still have very fond memories of MDA.


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