We would recommend that the following destinations are great places to visit, to fill in your day, fill up your belly or the boot of your car or simply for your sensory pleasure.
Orange World: Just 5 minute drive from our cellar door, Orange World offers fresh seasonal citrus fruits and juices all year round. Take an informative tractor train tour around the 50 acre citrus property and then climb to the top of the lookout tour for sweeping, spectacular views of the district. Partake of the Dutch Pancakes and a steaming cup of tea.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Orange World was the location for the shooting of the Cottee’s Cordial advert? You know the one, "My dad picks the fruit that goes to Cottees, to make the cordial that I like best!" Did you also know that the orange trees didn’t look as good as required during the shoot, so the crew strung oranges and hung them in the Avocado trees for a greener background?
Trentham Estate Winery: Take a short 10 km drive from our gate to one of the districts most awarded wineries. Tastings of the extensive wine range is a real must, then settle back with a beautiful meal in the restaurant, or for a more casual affair, with a platter or BBQ outside on the lawns; all the time overlooking the Mighty Murray River. A mooring site is available so this is a great lunch option for the houseboat holiday maker. You can even take a paddle boat ride from the Mildura wharf on the "P.S. Melbourne” up to the winery for lunch and then a leisurely cruise home.
Stefano’s Restaurant: Situated in the heart of Mildura and only a 5 minute drive from our farm, this renowned restaurant is located in the cellar of the historical Mildura Grand Hotel. Stefano has recently again taken over the operation of the business that bears his name. Receiving his 2nd Hat in 2014 following on from his first in 2007, Stefano is probably Mildura’s most well known ambassador. He is passionate about simple food made with simple ingredients and also about the Sunraysia region. Those two combine to create a wonderful culinary experience.
Fun Fact: Did you know that during the filming of his second cooking series "Cooking Paradiso” (Gondola on the Murray being the first), Varapodio Estate featured as the setting for the Olive Oil processing and cooking episode, with a dish of Spaghetti and Tomato Pichio Pachio. Stefano then took olive oil to cook olive oil chocolate cake, which also features on our dessert menu.
https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/tv/stefanos-cooking-paradiso/videos.aspx choose Pinsimonio
Australia’s Inland Botanic Gardens:Just around the corner from Orange World, this wonderful destination can fill up your whole day. Take a guided train ride around the extensive grounds; then take the time to wander around yourselves, maybe enjoying a picnic in one of the many scenic gardens. Don’t forget to take your camera and if you enjoy bird watching, binoculars are a must. Light refreshments are available in the "Garnpang” Gift shop.
Tranquil Gardens: Hidden away at Red Cliffs, this wonderful, aptly named garden is definitely worth the effort in finding. Wander the beautiful, extensively planted grounds, have a cuppa and perhaps a piece of cake with Susie and then browse in the gift shop.
Teapots & Roses: Out past Merbein and onto Yelta, you will find roses, roses and more roses as well as a wide selection of cottage plants. Whether just to add a splash of colour or for a full scale update to your garden, Sue and Geoff can help with all your needs. Relax with a cuppa and cake after all the decisions have been made.
Oak Valley Estate: This family owned winery, features a range of hand crafted wines from some of the lesser known varieties. The winners of many awards in alternate wine shows, Fred, Joanne and Larry, have a beautiful cellar door tasting area where you can enjoy a platter with wine or coffee.
Discover Mildura: Allison and Phill have an extensive knowledge of the Murray Darling region and have a range of pre-set tours . Choose from Mungo National Park hosted tours, Farm gate tours, or the Wentworth tour, which includes a boat cruise on both the Murray and Darling Rivers.
Alternately they are happy to tailor make a tour especially to meet the requirements of your group.
Mildura Cellar Door: Only visiting for a short time and no time to get to all the wineries? Don’t worry, this one stop shop is for you. Stocking more than 200 local wines and representing 22 local producers in the Murray Darling region, you are sure to find something you like. Tastings of specific ranges are available year round.
Wentworth: For all things Wentworth or Murray/Darling, see the girls at the Wentworth Tourist Information Centre. The town offers much to see and do, with a wide array of natural beauty and historical buildings. Festivals and events occur all throughout the year and there are many dining and accommodation options available.
Mildura: There are a huge range of accommodation options, attractions and restaurants, for all interests and tastes, as well as festivals and events all year round. The helpful staff are ready to assist you enjoy your holiday to its full extent.