We’ve done the planning work for you so you can just come and have fun. Lets Go! 


<<Insert family video from youtube>>


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. 


<<insert river activities video from youtube>>


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!

The Edward River is perfect for a wide range of water sports and it’s the perfect alternative to the crowded Murray River.

We’ve had the locals share the best spots on the river for you!

1. Best fishing spots to hook a Murray Cod:

2. Best spots for water skiing and wakeboarding:



3. Best stretch for kayaking and canoeing:

  • Best is upstream from McLean’s Beach away from the ski zone.
  • Kayaks and canoes can be hired from McLean Beach Holiday Park.
  • For the more adventurous, kayaks can be put in at Edward River Bridge Mathoura during the high river months, to then make your way down to Deniliquin.
  • Another good access point is the boat ramp at Twin Rivers, where you can paddle with the current back to the centre of town.


4.  Best spots for swimming:



5. Best beaches for BBQ:



6. Best secluded beaches:



7. Best stretch for floating in an inner tube:



8.  Best riverside free campsites:



9.  Best beach for little kids:



10. Best houseboat anchor:

  • Moorings at the National Bridge downtown.



11. Best beach for beach volleyball:


12. Best beach to get to by bicycle:



13.  Best three-day canoe trip:



14.  Best waterbird-watching:

  • See waders and other water birds at a good birdwatching spot at that can be accessed via Wirraway Drive and is bordered by the cemetery, rice mill and saleyards.
  • Also check out the wetland Island Sanctuary at the south-eastern end of Cressy St.
  • And, the Mathoura Bird Hide is a bird watcher's paradise.



15.  Best boat rentals:



For maps, more local tips and insights please head into the Deniliquin Visitor Information Centre, easily located inside the Peppin Heritage Centre, 295 George Street.

Don't wait any longer!

There's accommodation to suit everyone here in Deniliquin.

All this, just 3.5 hours from Melbourne. 


What are you waiting for?