Welcome to Red Cliffs!

Red Cliffs is on the Murray River near Mildura in NW Victoria, Australia.

If you or your family is from Red Cliffs, we would love to hear your stories and see your pictures! We can also tell you what we know and show you what’s in our collection. Please contact us!

It has a colourful history from it’s beginnings as a soldier settlement to the vibrantly diverse community it is today. Named for the spectacular red cliffs on the Murray River, the land was famously cleared by a massive one-of-a-kind tractor called Big Lizzie. Pumps were installed and channels constructed, with the irrigation providing a fertile environment for growing sultanas and various other fruits and vegetables. Beyond the original irrigated area, huge paddocks of broadacre crops now grow.

The Red Cliffs and District Historical Society works to preserve this rich history and bring the full story of Red Cliffs to life!

The society is based in the old Red Cliffs Court House building, which we run as a museum. The museum is open to the public on the first Sunday of the month between 11 and 1 (at the same time as the Red Cliffs Country Market and Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway), and by arrangement. Come and explore Red Cliffs’ history through various historical items, photographs, newspaper articles, books, maps and other memorabilia. We also have books about the district for sale.

We hold an evening meeting every month, often with a guest speaker. Visitors are always welcome. We also hold special historical events, and are preparing for the 100th birthday of Red Cliffs in 2021.

Contributions of any historical items relating to the Red Cliffs area or donations are greatly appreciated. Click here for more information on becoming a member.

Big Lizzie

Big Lizzie is a massive tractor. Seriously, people lived on it. Also it cleared Red Cliffs for farming.
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Steam train

The Red Cliffs Historic Steam Railway is a fun way to experience the rail history of Red Cliffs, including unique narrow-gauge tracks.
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Building a levy at the Murray

The Murray River flooded majorly in 1956, but luckily Red Cliffs was saved by ever-reliable Ferguson tractors, used to build levies.
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drying racks

Growing sultanas: the grape that made Red Cliffs.
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