Autumn is for cool-weather nature walks
With Deniliquin on the banks of the Edward River beside Murray Valley Regional Park with the world’s largest red gum forests, you would expect to find fantastic walking and cycling trails showcasing the suburb array of birds and wildlife in these habitats.
The magnificent river gum giants are a standout natural attraction. Their natural beauty is unsurpassed by any country Australian town. Being in Deni’s forest of giant river gums has a tangible calming effect like a visit to a spa.
If pedal power is your favourite mode of transport, you're well catered for in Deniliquin. First port of call should be the Visitor Information Centre to collect a bike map. It details all the bike trails, whether along the river or through town.
Cycling on the tracks and trails throughout the Murray Valley National Park is a great way to experience the remarkable diversity of nature and magnificent landscapes found around Deniliquin.
The downtown Beach to Beach Riverside Walk has disabled access and is a must for all visitors.
You’ll walk by our famous 'Ute on a Pole', which celebrates the Deni Ute Muster.
Continue along the path under the National Bridge, then take a short diversion at the Peppin Heritage Centre to see the Mosaic Ute and the Long Paddock sculpture 'Shod'. Don't miss a visit to the centre which houses an engaging little Merino wool museum, an old-fashioned schoolroom, an art gallery and the visitor information centre.
A ramp takes you across to the Island Sanctuary. Wander through this tranquil setting and keep an eye out for birds, kangaroos and other wildlife.
You can organise a tour with Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff who will show you native flora and fauna as well as trees of historical importance to the local Wamba Wamba and Perrapa Perrapa people.
The walking path continues on at the back gate of the sanctuary where you will pass the first town water supply tower, taking you right up to the Murray Valley Regional Park forest. Follow the park tracks around the river, enjoy its sandy beaches and feel the wonder of this beautiful natural setting.
Scenic walking trails, bike trails, native wildlife, flora and birdlife are just a few of the forest experiences that will keep you engaged for hours. Explore far along the river and deeper into the eucalyptus forest which begins just on the edge of town.
With waterways teeming with birdlife, you can enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, cycling, fishing and bird watching in the park.
Deniliquin is recognised as one of Australia's best birding areas.
More than a third of Australia's bird species have been spotted in the Deni region. It is possible to observe over 80 bird species in a day within the town of Deniliquin. To ensure you experience it all, a local bird guide can be arranged for you by the Visitor Information Centre.
Philip and Patricia Maher of Australian Ornithological Services specialise in helping serious serious bird watchers locate the harder to find and rarer species. The Plains Wanderer is an endangered species with habitat in and around Deni.
The Moira Lake wetland system is off the Cobb Highway near the neighbouring town of Mathoura. Reed Beds Bird Hide, on Picnic Point Road just out of Mathoura, is a bird watcher's paradise. You'll never tire of the variety of birds flying in and out of the wetland. The best bird watching times at the bird hide boardwalk are early morning or late afternoon. Take your camera for a stunning photo of an eastern great egret or a musk duck thrashing in the water to attract a mate, or walk along the boardwalk to look for yellow rosellas.
From the historic little town of Mathoura, at Crane's Bridge, where bullock teams once hauled logs to the timber mill, you can set out on Gulpa Creek walk. It's a flat, easy 5km walk or ride among the river red gums along Gulpa Creek.
Other popular bird watching locations throughout the region are the Deniliquin North Wetlands in Victoria Street, Mcfaull Park, Tullakool evaporation ponds, Wanganella swamps, Black Swamp and Zara Sandhill. Zara is the probably the only property in the Riverina that has a full range of the plants that were once here. The Visitor Information Centre staff are only too happy to provide keen bird watchers with directions.
To find the wetlands, from Blake Reserve, continue along Fowler Street, turning left into Ochtertyre Street at the T-intersection. Continue on around the roundabout and turn right at the stadium into Wirraway Drive (Cemetery Road). On your right is Rotary Park. Continue on along Wirraway Drive, crossing a canal, until you see a cemetery on your left. The area bordered by the cemetery, rice mill, abattoir and saleyards is a great area for waterbirds, including waders.
Check out the ponds opposite the cemetery for such birds as Black-tailed Native Hen and Eurasian Coot. Walk half way around the block and access the wetlands near the truck wash in Saleyards Road. The wetland here is a good spot to look for waders, including Red-kneed Dotterel and Black-fronted Dotterel. Look for the White-fronted Chat. In summer, some migratory waders may be observed here. Check out the reeds in the pond nearest the rice mill for Baillons Crake and other waterbirds.
It is worth returning to Wirraway Road (Cemetery Road) and driving along it to the south-west for about two kilometres. Immediately before it enters private property, look for Banded Lapwing in the paddocks adjoining the road.
Many ducks and other waterbirds can often be observed on the settlement ponds of the sewerage treatment works at the south-western end of Macauley Street. Enter with permission and at your own risk.
Finishing up in a country cottage
With all that fresh air and exercise on an autumn day, a cozy cottage is just the place to rug up for the cool evenings.Set on the banks of the beautiful Edward River and adjacent to wetlands brimming with bird life, Cottages on Edward’s surrounds are rustic and tranquil.
You can wander around the beautiful cottage garden, and sip wine on the jetty, watching the sun set on the river bend.
Gumnut Cottage is rustic, tasteful, and charming, designed to embrace the river gums. You can enjoy the wetland view through glorious leadlight windows. Kingfisher Cottage welcomes you with the old world charm of the Victorian era.