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I grew up in Mildura and still have a lot of family who live there, so I visit Mildura on a regular basis. We took our young family to Mildura for Christmas in December and spent a lovely week holidaying. We left Melbourne and it was grey and cool and then returned a week later to Melbourne, again grey and cool! For those of you who are not aware, Melbourne is having an exceptionally cool start to this year’s summer.
Mildura is located 550km north west of Melbourne. The weather in Mildura over Christmas was beautiful, sunny and hot. I at last could feel that summer has arrived. Mildura prides itself on its beautiful weather. I love visiting in summer, where the average temperature for these months is in excess of 30 degrees Celcius.
October and November maybe a more preferably time to visit for others, with temperatures averaging mid 20s for those months, but still filled with plenty of beautiful sunshine. It is during these months that there is a number of special events in the town as well:
Mildura Country Music Festival
The town claims this festival to be up there with the other big country music festivals, Tamworth and Gympie. The distinction with the Mildura festival is that it is Australia’s biggest showcase of Independent entertainers. The event will be held from 25 September until 4 October 2009.
Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival
To be held from Fri 30 Oct – Mon 2 Nov 2009 (the weekend before Melbourne Cup), this festival sees jazz in the streets, the restaurants & wineries, by the river and on the paddleboats.
But to me regardless of when I go or what festival is on, I love the slower pace, the beautiful sunshine and the friendly people of Mildura, which makes my old home town such a lovely place to visit and take the children.
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- Summer in Australia – The Season For The Music Festival
- Appreciating Melbourne Town