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.
Find your ideal campsite at one of Deni's caravan parks where you're likely to find fun stuff like air hockey, campfires, a pool table, table tennis, beach access, and being close to the great pubs and cafes of town.
If you had a couple of beers too many on your very first night with your mates, then skip the camp brekky for a superfood fresh smoothie and some strong coffee at Sushi Bite.
Then a short boat ride upstream 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.
If you’re feeling lazy in the afternoon, with a 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. A favourite launching spot is Willoughby’s Beach and an hour or so later you 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.
Wrapping the day up with fresh fish on the barbie, and feet up with a beer or two sharing laughs is not a bad way to end a day of fishing with mates.
There's no more a rewarding time to drop a line in Deni than during the annual Deniliquin Fishing Classic every February. You could end up part of the $70,000 prize pool! There’s plenty of water for everyone with a 40km zone to fish in.
If you get a kick out of throwing frontside 360 ‘whirlybirds’ while flying along behind a speedboat, then the Edward River is just right for you with long stretches of smooth skiing and wakeboarding waters. Downstream of the beautiful sandy McLean Beach is where it’s at. From here, you can power all the way to the Deniliquin Boat Club without the congestion you find on many other rivers. No traffic jams here! There’s no shortage of boat ramps along this stretch of water so launching your boat isn’t a problem. If you’re a novice skier but want to learn how to ski, the Deniliquin Boat Club offers summertime lessons. So there’s no excuse, get out there and get that adrenaline rush!
If you’re not a fan of risking a face-plant, pit your skills instead against Deni’s 18 hole, par 72 course. With manicured greens and picturesque fairways, it’s got just enough 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 the weekend.