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Friday afternoon

Leave Melbourne after work and be in Deni in 3 hours (pending Melbourne traffic obviously). 

 

Check in to your accommodation – we’ve got a great deal at motels and campgrounds across Deni for February to May: stay for three nights but pay for just two! 

 

Keep dinner easy with take out – there are lots of options in Deni.

 

Saturday morning

Start the day with excellent coffee and a superfood smoothie bowl at Sushi Bite & Juice Bar or something tempting from one of Deni’s bakeries. 

 

Next up: an explore of the town by bike so it’s fun and easy! Start at the Visitor Information Centre to hire bikes and pick up the bike trails map. Stay for a while for your kids to see the original Deniliquin Gaol, a recreated classroom in the old school, and the heritage museum with its history of the local merino sheep industry. 

 

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.

 

Saturday afternoon

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!).

 

Sunday morning

Well, you didn’t come all this way not to get out on the water! If you don’t own your own craft, you can always hire: there’s houseboats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats. 

 

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. 

 

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Sunday afternoon

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.

 

Monday morning

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… 

 

Check out Deni’s Stay 3 Nights, Pay For 2 deals for February to May to find one that’s right for your family. Lets Go!

What’s your idea of a real break?

Having fun with your family in the great outdoors? Food, culture and shopping with your honey? A weekend with your mates fishing, riverside camping and playing golf?

Deniliquin’s ideal for a short real break - out by the Edward River - with more sunshine hours each year than Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Want to hang out with your kids in the sunshine?

...where you can stand on the footpath in the main street and see a platypus? Camping for a weekend on the banks of the picturesque Edward River is ideal. 

The river’s unique in that downstream of the popular McLean Beach is a fantastic playground for motorised craft while upstream is perfect for being active with quieter rides like canoes and kayaks – where the river meanders through magnificent red gum forest abundant with native wildlife. 

If you don’t own your own craft, you can always hire: choose from houseboats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats, and then discover your own secluded beach for a family picnic or BBQ.

You can also hire bicycles for the family and ride along great trails – the Visitor Information Centre has bike trail maps and you can pick up bikes there too. 

There’s also the possibility to organise a 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, or tour East Tolans Farm’s crops, tree plantations, cattle, sheep, and amazing water recycle system.

For so much activity, plenty of energy is important and Deni is not scarce on excellent coffee like at Bronte’s Gourmet, and the fresh superfood smoothies and delicious fusion meals at Sushi Bite will power up a family for a day on the water.

How about culture outside of the city?

In Deni you can wrap your tastebuds around regional flavours served with a side of friendly hospitality, and peruse local boutique shopping, the exciting arts scene, and the heritage of this rural town on the river. 

Public art, museums, galleries, travelling exhibitions, and live music and theatre performances are regular features on the calendar. A popular venue is Waring Gardens, which hosts everything from opera to film festivals, and markets are twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays. For details of events, the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre will help you out – take time while there to explore the art gallery and fascinating museum.

There are great walking trails through town exploring lagoons, town art and beaches. To explore a bit further, pick up a bike from the Visitor Information Centre to get out into the forest.

Or maybe you travel just to give your tummy new experiences?

For a delicious meal unlike anywhere else, visit Long Table Cafe where you’ll enjoy the freshest local and homegrown produce. In the quiet countryside between Deniliquin and Finley, they specialise in their award-winning homemade products such as salami, cheese and preserves. There’s even a farm tour so you can fully experience the authentic paddock to plate. 

Or stop by Restdown Wines, where the owners set about creating an underground carbon neutral winery, after returning from London in 1993 with a backpack full of dirty clothes and two Turkish rugs. There’s also their environmentally-sustainable vineyard, a wetland walking trail, and a Hereford cattle herd to meet.

You can stay in 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. Just don’t miss the excellent coffee and superfood smoothies at Sushi Bite!

Round out the weekend on the Backroads Trail, a new touring route between Echuca-Moama, Barham and Deniliquin profiling the very best of contemporary rural culture. The trail encompasses rolling plains country and features several farm gate enterprises with everything from olive producers to avocado growers to potters and cellar doors, as well as a selection of interpretive panels providing stories about local history and events, farming practices, indigenous heritage, and local flora and fauna.

An ideal weekend away with mates

…would start with setting up camp on the banks of the Edward River - famous Australia-wide as the home of the iconic Murray Cod and other native fish like Yellowbelly. Catching a Murray Cod is an exhilarating experience and has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Day 1: a short boat ride takes you into quiet forest waters, or you can simply cast a line from the bank. Shrimps, worms, grubs, yabbies and cheese are the most popular baits, available together with licenses at local service stations and tackle shops.

Fresh fish on the barbie, and feet up with a beer or two is a fine way to end a day of fishing with mates.

Day 2: pit your skills against Deni’s 18 hole, par 72 course with manicured greens, picturesque fairways and just a few challenging water hazards to make life interesting. Right in nature, you’ll be sharing the course with kangaroos, kookaburras, Superb Parrots, echidna, goannas, lizards and pelicans. There’s no waiting on the greens, and there’s 'same day play', rare among the Murray courses.

The 19th hole is a safe haven, or wrap your tastebuds around a great traditional pub meal at the RSL or Sportsman’s Arms to wrap up a great weekend.

Interested in a getaway in Deni? You can stay 3 nights and pay for just 2 at many Deni motels and caravan parks from February to May 2018.

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