There are few places in Australia that contain so many of the best experiences this vast country has to offer. Right next to the borders of three states, Midura is one of them. And Sunraysia Resort, right in the middle of this cosmopolitan city that’s been dubbed the Mediterranean in the Outback, puts you at the heart of it all.
From here you will be able to experience the immense and sometimes overwhelming beauty of true desert, the many refreshing activities only found at a place where there are substantial tracts of water, an undending expanse of stars (best viewed from a horizontal position), and the pristine stretches of National Park begging to be explored (especially in spring when they’re linked by a carpet of wildflowers).
Then there’s the unique pioneering history of tiny Mallee towns, the fresh produce and pretty landscapes of rural Australia, the fragrant bouquets and tantalising tastes of award-winning wines, and the gourmet meals of world-class restaurants. All wrapped up in the easygoing personality that is so quintessential to the Aussie outback.
Explore this (and more) from your pleasant self-contained two-bedroom apartment, designed and furnished to be a comfortable base you’ll enjoy being in. All apartments have a spa bath and dedicated dining area, each fully-equipped kitchen has a fridge, microwave and dishwasher, and many have their own laundry facilities.
There is a choice of air-conditioning for those who like it and ceiling fans for those who don’t. Some have two bathrooms and all have cable TV and handy DVD players (great for relaxing after a long day out – even if only an easy game at one of the championship golf courses or bowling greens).
It takes a mighty river to offer opportunities for both hilarity and serenity and the Murray River doesn’t disappoint. Go power boating and water skiing, on people-powered paddle-boat jaunts; sailing, windsurfing and fishing, or find one of the sandy river beaches and spend the day swimming and sunbathing.
Go half an hour downriver to Wentworth, where the Murray meets the Darling, creating a spectacular display of swirling waters. Unsurprisingly, between them they support an astonishing array of vegetation and wildlife along their oasis-like corridors through the arid outback.
For those days you don’t feel like driving, there’s plenty to do at the resort. Enjoy the plentiful days of sunshine and blue skies at the big outdoor salt-water swimming pool, beautifully surrounded by palms and lush gardens, or in one of the two heated spa pools. Finish off with a sauna and then watch the sun sink with a glass of local wine (or boutique beer) from the bar. The many outdoor barbeques are a wonderful way to create a meal on a balmy evening, though many have been tempted by the culinary delights of the restaurant and bar instead.
Prefer to be more sporty? Play tennis on one of the two full-size courts (it’s lit at night too), spend time in the fully-equipped gym, work out in the indoor heated pool. For the semi-sporty, have a game of pool at the bar or challenge the kids to a game of mini-golf.
Actually, there’s a lot for the younger generation at Sunraysia Resort. The games room has the expected arcade games and a table tennis table, but there are also two half-sized tennis courts designed with their size in mind and a basketball court.
For the real littlies, you’ll find a toddler-safe sandpit and playground, shaded with large sails, and the outdoor pool has handy shallow areas for the youngest of swimmers. Their safety is also taken into consideration, with child safety gates surrounding both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the spa pools.
Whatever it is that you choose to do with your time, there’s a many-layered tapestry of colours, textures, tastes and experiences to explore around here. And Sunraysia is the perfect place from which to drift, dream, and discover.