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A township of some 4,500 people, Red Cliffs is 16km south of Mildura along the Murray and sits in prime farming land for citrus fruits and grapes.  A relatively young township in Mallee terms, many soldiers settled there after World War I and II as a result of the Mildura region being opened up though irrigation efforts. 

Red Cliffs Ilex Street Shops
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The red cliffs of the Murray shore at sunset from which the town got its name.  The Murray takes a horseshoe bend and years of erosion have left the cliffs on either side.  The cliffs can possibly be best seen from the Reds Cliffs Scenic Reserve  5 kms east of Red Cliffs.

Many of the aspects of the Chaffey Mildura irrigation system are in fact within a short distance, i.e. Kings Billabong and the Psyche pumping station are just a few kilometers north along the Murray. 

Big Lizzie Red Cliffs Victoria
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‘Big Lizzie,’ permanently on display in Red Cliffs. The tractor is 10.3m high by 5.5m wide, weighing 45 tons and was designed with ‘Dreadnaught wheels’ by Frank Bottrill to work in tough sandy Mallee conditions. The tractor was built in 1915.