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Bakpack at 15th (Borderline VIC) MILDURA, Mildura
Published: 4th November 2020
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A small city of 30,000 in northwest Victoria, Mildura plays the sort of role that belies its size. It’s considered the state’s food bowl, with the water of the Murray River, on which Mildura sits, irrigating a wealth of fruit and cereal crops, and no less than 80% of the state’s grapes.
A quintessential riverside town, Mildura has a perfectly laid-back and welcoming vibe, where travellers and locals feel equally at home. Along with fuelling the town’s economy, the Murray serves as a place to relax, with parks lining its banks, and speedboats towing water-skiers and wakeboarders up its centre.
But do all these temptations make Mildura a must-see destination for a working holidaymaker? And what exactly might the city offer 417 and 462 visa holders?
Let’s take a look.
Mildura is located in the most north-westerly corner of regional Victoria on the state’s border with New South Wales, and is situated around 550km or a six hour drive north-northwest of Melbourne. The South Australian capital of Adelaide is actually slightly closer, being 400km/4.5 hours west of the town.
If you’re looking to catch public transport you’ll have a choice in two: buses are slightly slower than driving yourself, but leave both Melbourne (a 10 hour trip) and Adelaide (7 hours) most days. The other option is to fly, which is far more expensive but also far quicker. Qantas, Rex and Virgin Australia all service Mildura Airport regularly.
Life in Mildura centres on Australia’s largest river, the Murray. The waterway turns what would otherwise be a rather dry part of the country into a veritable oasis, offering plants water from below and sun from above in equally healthy amounts.
The task of producing enough food for Australia’s second-most populous state falls largely on the shoulders of Mildura, which is best known for its citrus and grape exports. The entire town is built off the back of food production, although tourism to the region is getting stronger and stronger as Mildura better understands and sells its unique proposition.
If you’re a 417 or 462 visa holder looking for a job - be it to refill your savings account or to gain a second year visa - Mildura is a fantastic option. There are perhaps more farm opportunities here than almost any other regional centre in Australia, with fruit picking and farm jobs in Mildura in particular a huge attraction for those looking to complete the specified work needed to extend their visa.
So, is Mildura worth a visit for a working holidaymaker? As a beautiful, fun and (relatively) large town that’s rarely short of work, it’s as good a candidate as any for a working backpacker.
But in reality, there’s only one way to find out whether Mildura is worth a visit – and that’s to take a look for yourself!