We take our responsibility to the environment seriously, and have taken the following actions to ensure our accommodation venues are as eco-friendly as possible.
Natural assets of the area
Mildura is located on the Murray River in the North West corner of Victoria. Mildura is an Aboriginal term meaning Red Earth. But don't think Mildura is surrounded by bush and dirt. The countryside is a wonderful combination of wineries, orchards, flower gardens including Australia's only inland Botanic Garden. Mildura has a wide range of activities and attractions. There are wineries to visit, paddleboats & houseboats, museums, art galleries, fishery, gardens, local craft and antique shops and much more. Mildura is an excellent stepping off point for many National Parks and tours. Bush walks and camping are also popular. Each year there is the Mildura Jazz, Food & Wine Festival, Mildura International Balloon Fiesta, Mildura & Wentworth Arts Festival and of course the Mildura Country Music Festival.
National Parks Sunraysia Area
Mungo National Park Mungo National Park is situated in the NSW outback, 110kms from Mildura and 316kms from Broken Hill. It is the centre of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area and covers 240,000 hectares of semi- arid ancient lakebed. Mungo Man was discovered here in 1974 and is only one small example of the evidence of aboriginal occupation of the area dating back almost 50,000 years when the lakes were full of fresh water. Fossils, fireplaces and middens abound around the shores of the lakes. Three local tribal groups are actively involved in management and offer guided tours in and around the park.
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park Is 62 km South of Mildura along the Calder Highway This 48,000 hectare park is one of only three Biosphere Reserves in Victoria. During flood periods, the lakes are recognised as some of Australia's significant wetlands under an international agreement (the Ramsar Convention) for the protection of Wetlands.
The area is regarded as particularly special because of the large flow of permanent water in the nearby Murray River and a number of freshwater lakes seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray. These lakes can remain full for up to 10 years without flooding. Flooding occurs, on average, once every two years. This habitat provides food and shelter for a large number of waterbirds, animals and fish.
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers.
Murray Sunset National Park Is 100 km west of Mildura along the Sturt Highway Murray Sunset National Park is Victoria's second largest national park and contains four designated wilderness zones. Discover the park's vast open spaces, isolation, abundant wildlife and colourful spring wildflowers. Plan a longer stay to experience the breathtaking sunsets and starry nights.
The park is one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment is relatively untouched and is home to Victoria's largest flower, the Murray Lily, and Australia's rarest bird, the Black-Eared Miner. Explore diverse habitats, including billabongs and floodplains near the Murray River, grasslands, native pine woodlands, Mallee covered dunes and saltbush flats.
Wyperfeld National Park 3 hours south west of Mildura, via the Calder then the Mallee Highway. Located in the flat, semi-arid north-western corner of Victoria, Wyperfeld is one of Australia's most fascinating national parks. The central feature of this huge, 361,000-hectare park is a chain of lake beds connected by Outlet Creek, the northern extension of the Wimmera River.
The lakes only fill when the Wimmera River over-supplies Lake Hindmarsh Lake Reserve to the south of Lake Albacutya Park - a rare event.
When it rains the semi-arid landscape is miraculously transformed by tiny desert plants that sprout from long-dormant seeds, carpeting the ground with clusters of flowers. Many people prefer to visit in the cooler months of the year.
Big Desert Wilderness Park 3 hours south west of Mildura, via the Calder then the Malleee Highway. Big Desert Wilderness Complex is comprised of Big Desert Wilderness Park, part of Wyperfeld National Park, Big Desert State Forest (managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment) and Ngarkat Conservation Park (managed by the Department of Environment and Heritage, South Australia).
These parks and forest are the four biggest of five continuous reserves that together form the largest remnant of uncleared native vegetation in the agricultural areas of south-eastern Australia. One of the most remote and least disturbed areas in Victoria, this park protects 142,300 hectares of the Mallee.
The Big Desert is Victoria's first declared wilderness area, and is considered to be the best single area in Victoria for reptiles, with over 50 species of lizards and snakes recorded. Nearly 100 species of birds have been recorded in Big Desert including the extremely rare Western Whipbird.
The Big Desert offers visitors an opportunity to experience true wilderness that is unaffected by European settlement, and which provides a challenge for experienced hikers. Ngarkat is also a largely undisturbed park and is used for many ongoing research projects
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