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Leave Melbourne after work and be in Deni in 3.5 hours (pending Melbourne traffic obviously).
Next up: an explore of the town by bike so it’s fun and easy! Start by hiring bikes at McLean's Beach Holiday Park, where you can ride along the 'Beach to Beach' bike trail that follows the river through town into the Murray Valley Regional Park (2.6km). Visit the Deniliquin Information Centre along the way, where you can visit the Peppin Heritage Centre, which tells the history of the Peppin Merino, houses an original school room, the Wanganella Gaol, and so much more.
Then follow the Town Walk map to find your way to the footbridge to the Island Sanctuary, a natural bushland island that has been formed by the Edward River and boasts unique native flora and fauna, including kangaroos and over a hundred 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.
Continue further on your choice of cycle trails through the forest and along the river where you’ll get to be around a magnificent array of birdlife and native wildlife in their natural habitat.
Come back into town to linger over a long lunch in the shade of the broad umbrellas and trees at The Crossing Café on the banks of the river – where there’s a big lawn for the kids to play barefoot.
With so much activity in the morning, a quiet afternoon at McLeans Beach is ideal. Build sandcastles, play in the water, and simply enjoy life (bring a book mum!).
Downstream of McLean Beach is a fantastic playground for motorised craft while upstream is perfect for being active with quieter rides like canoes and kayaks as the river meanders through magnificent red gum forest abundant with native wildlife. This is what family memories are made of!
Plan for a picnic or BBQ lunch on the one of the many beaches of the river by first stopping at the supermarket for supplies or picking up fresh sandwiches and salads at one of Deni’s cafes.
With a comfortably full belly after lunch, there’s no better next choice than to chill out on one of the many sunny days in Deniliquin by floating gently downriver in an inner tube from beach to beach. A favourite launching spot is Willoughby’s Beach and an hour or so later you’ll arrive at McLean Beach. Drift slowly along with the current, relax, and just take in the beautiful scenery. If you didn't bring an inner tube, just call into the store at the Visitor Information Centre and pick one up.
For something different this morning, take an indigenous tour, with Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff who will show you the native flora and fauna as well as trees of historical importance to the local Wamba Wamba and Perrapa Perrapa people.
If your kids get excited by farm animals, you could tour East Tolans Farm instead, with its sheep, cattle, crops, tree plantations, and amazing water recycle system.
Then leave Deni after lunch Monday feeling refreshed and recharged…
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