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FIND out all about the history of
Mildura by following the Chaffey
Trail, a self-guided driving tour tak-
ing in the most significant historical
spots in the area.
The beauty of the tour is you can
go at your own pace and, perhaps,
break up the sites over a few days
as you explore other places of in-
terest across Sunraysia.
Pick up your guide to the Chaffey
Trail from the Mildura Visitor Infor-
mation and Booking Centre where
you also can see a free short film
about the Chaffey brothers' story
and how they shaped the region.
The film plays every half hour
Before you depart, ask the cen-
tre staff about admission prices and
opening times for the various stops
along the Chaffey Trail.
The Mildura Visitor Information
and Booking Centre is located at
180-190 Deakin Avenue, Mildura,
and is open Monday to Friday, 9am
to 5.30pm; weekends and public
holidays, 9am to 5pm; and Anzac
Day, noon to 5pm.
For more information call 5018
The Chaffey Trail:
1. The Old Mildura Home-
stead. Visit the original site, in
Cureton Avenue, of the Mildura
Station Homestead. The building
at the site is a reconstruction of
the first Mildura station set up by
the Jamieson brothers in 1847.The
site is important because it was
there the Chaffeys' vision for the
irrigation colony was conceived.
Wander through the homestead,
outbuildings, the woolshed and
2. Mildura Homestead Cem-
etery, Cureton Avenue. See the
city's earliest cemetery that in-
cludes graves of early pioneers
and members of the Chaffey family.
There is a commemorative garden
with a granite sculpture and seat.
3. Rio Vista House, Cureton Av-
enue.The home of William Chaffey
is open to the public to explore.
Spanish for river view, Rio Vista
was completed in 1890 and boasts
wide verandas, cedar and jarrah
panelling inside and stunning Vic-
torian leadlight and stained glass
windows.Turn to Page 29 for more
4. Lock 11 and Mildura Weir,
Hugh King Drive. Watch as paddle
steamers and houseboats move
through Lock 11 and learn about
the history of the weir system in
Mildura and along the Murray River.
Explore Lock Island and its natural
beauty. Turn to Page 51 for more
5. Mildura Wharf, Port of Mil-
dura, Hugh King Drive.The wharf,
completed in 1892 and extended in
1899, was the hub for trade before
the railways took over. In the early
1900s, Mildura relied almost entirely
on paddle steamers to bring much
needed supplies for farming and to
send the produce to market. .
6. Mildura Grand Hotel, Seventh
Street. Originally the Mildura Cof-
fee Palace, the Grand Hotel also
was the site of the Chaffey offices,
demolished to make way for the
expansion of the Grand Hotel.
7. Psyche Pumps, Kings Billabong.
View the pumps built to "lift water
to the height of the land".The Psy-
che Pump was a revolution created
by George Chaffey. Also marvel at
the beauty of Kings Billabong. Turn
to Page 40 for more information.
8. Chateau Mildura, Belar Avenue,
Irymple. Visit the place where the
Chaffey brothers planted 60ha of
wine grapes in 1888. The property
has changed hands a few times over
the years but its new owner has re-
turned it to its original concern.
9. Merbein Chaffey Links, Forbes
Drive, Merbein. This walk takes
visitors along the top of Merbein's
stunning White Cliffs, through the
moving Pioneer Plantation and on
to Chaffey Landing, passing the her-
itage-listed distillery/winery set up
by William Chaffey in 1913. There
also are new walks through the
Merbein Common and floodplains.
Follow the trail left by Mildura's pioneers
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