10 top Family things to do in Deniliquin
First, let me start by giving you some background on Deniliquin, or Deni as we like to call it!
Known as the ‘Ute Capital of the World’, Deniliquin is situated in Country NSW on a tributary of the Murray River, 750 km south-west of Sydney. The town holds The Guinness Book of Record’s World Title for the most utes mustered in one place and continues to break its record each year at the annual Ute Muster. Held in October, this fun-packed local event is not to be missed (that’s a whole other blog my friends!).
Deniliquin is at the centre of Riverina sheep-station country and on the fringe of one of the world's largest red gum forests, where birds and wildlife abound in the Barmah Wetlands. A network of forest trails offers bushwalking, camping, biking and birdwatching.
Now, what does this town have to offer? Plenty!!
Let’s start with river activities:
- The Edward River is home to the iconic Murray Cod and other native fish, including Yellow Belly. You can take a short boat ride into the waters, or simply cast a line from the bank and wait. They say that catching a Murray Cod is one of the most exhilarating experiences and has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
- Relax on the sands of McLean Beach or Willoughby’s Beach, or spend the afternoon swimming or water skiing down the river. There’s plenty of boat ramps and amenities along the way should nature call or you’re feeling a bit peckish for that picnic you packed.
- Grab a floating device of your choice – inner tube, raft, giant inflatable swan (whatever floats your boat really) and just float! A favourite launching spot is Willoughby’s Beach and an hour or so later you will arrive at the popular McLean Beach. Drift slowly along with the current, relax, read a magazine or just take in the beautiful scenery.
- Spend the day canoeing & kayaking around the waterways and explore all mother nature has to offer. You’ll love the sandy beaches and swimming spots as you while away the hours and take in the beautiful natural surrounds. If you like a challenge then the Edward River Canoe Trail is a must for you. Why not upgrade to a houseboat or pontoon and explore Deniliquin’s waterways at your own pace?
Or if you like to keep your feet firmly on terra firma:
- Found on the edge of the Murray Valley Regional Park, the Deniliquin Golf Club boasts one of the nation’s most natural and beautiful courses - 18 carefully manicured fairways meandering around the waterways and forest, it is a mecca for native birds and wildlife alike! Fore!!!
- Located in the heart of town and is adjacent to the main street is the Island Sanctuary, preserved in its natural condition. A footbridge leads from the footpath into this area where a walking track winds its way through four hectares of red gum bushland. It also forms part of the Beach to Beach walk, from McLean Beach along the river to Willoughby’s Beach. The sanctuary is a natural bushland island that has been formed by the Edward River and boasts unique native flora and fauna, including kangaroos and over 100 varieties of birdlife. Also in the sanctuary is the burial site of 'Old Jack', who suffered at the hands of the notorious Melville gang of bushrangers when they paid Deni an unwelcome visit in 1851. Make a day of it and stop by the Deniliquin Farmers Market to find fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and breads - pack a picnic and fill up on delicious local produce, nature and history!
- With Deni’s ideal location on the banks of the beautiful Edward River, you would expect to find fantastic walking, cycling and driving trails. You name it, they have it! Ranging from Town historical walks, trail walks, beach to beach paths, backroad trails, wetlands and more! You’re bound to find something that appeals and suited to your fitness level. Bikes can also be hired from the Visitor’s Information Centre should you be requiring pedal power, along with maps! Get out there and start exploring!
- If bird watching is your thing than the Reed Beds Bird Hide at Mathoura in the Murray Valley National Park is for you. Wander along the boardwalk and look for yellow rosellas and superb wrens or watch at the edge of the water for the purple swamphen. You will never tire of this pretty place and you are guaranteed to see something different each time you visit! Don't forget your binoculars!
In the immortal words of Kylie, if you want to “Step back in Time” try these little gems:
- The Interpretive Centre is a great spot to explore the past! – It tells the story of the Merino in the district and the history of the Conargo Village. Photos on large wool bales and a restored buggy, complete with a driver and passenger dressed in costume, are very reminiscent of earlier times. The popular and inviting building also houses modern amenities and sits in a landscaped surrounding complete with native vegetation and picnic tables to sit down and enjoy the nature at its best.
- Drop Log Stables - these stables were originally part of the Conargo Inn and while the inn has long since gone, the stables are still standing and have been restored. They stand about 100 metres away from the town centre on the Carrathool Road.
Deni has so much more to offer both on land and off - you’re sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy.