Relaxation or fitness
With Deniliquin being located on the edge of the Murray Valley Regional Park and situated on the banks of the beautiful Edward River, you would expect to find fantastic walking, cycling and driving trails.
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. If you need to hire a bike, they're available at McLean's Beach Holiday Park. 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 in the parks.
Call into the Visitor Information Centre and the friendly staff and volunteers will point you in the right direction. Here are some of their suggestions:
Stroll at your leisure around the many attractions. The Town Walk Brochure is available from the Visitor Information Centre.
There are five different walks mapped out taking in areas of interest along the river, parks and gardens, a heritage walk and a western walk.
Discover Deniliquin Trail
Visit the Peppin Heritage Centre at the Visitor Information Centre and marvel at the determination and perseverance of the pioneering men and women. Learn about the Peppin Merino and its bloodlines which are still very much sought after today, read about the magnificent pastoral properties and the struggle for water they endured before irrigation.
Proceed along the walking and bicycle path at the rear of the centre along the Edward River to the Deniliquin & District Historical Society to continue your lesson in our years past. Each room has a theme and the numerous well displayed items makes it a must on the to do list.
Beach to Beach Walk and Bicycle Path
Start at McLean Beach and follow the path along the banks of the Edward River passing stately red gums and sandy beaches. Visit Deniliquin & District Historical Society, then continue on past the hospital, police station and medical centre to the 'Ute on a Pole'. Continue along the path under the National Bridge, then take a short diversion at the back of the Peppin Heritage Centre to see the Mosaic Ute and the Long Paddock sculpture called 'Shod'. Don't miss a visit to the centre which was the old Deniliquin Public School.
As you pass the sculptures you will come to a ramp which takes you to the Island Sanctuary. Wander through this tranquil setting and keep an eye out for the birds, kangaroos and other wildlife. Why not 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 1he local Wamba Wamba and Perrapa Perrapa people? The walking path continues at the back gate of the sanctuary where you will pass the first town water supply tower and the Memorial Park sporting grounds. Enter the Murray Valley Regional Park and follow the tracks around the river, enjoy the sandy beaches and wonder at this beautiful natural setting.
Engineering Marvels - Lawson Syphon and Stevens Weir
Pack a picnic basket, jump in the car and enjoy the open air and wonderful river country.
Construction of Lawson Syphon opened up areas to the west of Deniliquin for irrigation and was the catalyst for an agricultural boom. You can view the syphon on both sides of the river, however you will need to obtain a key from the Visitor Information Centre to visit the eastern side (Finley Road). To get to the western side take the Lawson Syphon Road for about three kilometres, then tum left and follow a dirt road along the canal. You will cross a narrow one lane bridge over Aljoes Creek where a second syphon takes the canal under the creek. Follow the road to the Edward River then look across the river to see the Syphon structure. Coming back you will see where the canal appears. Walk up onto the canal bank and watch the water suddenly coming up from the two large pipes. Take a moment to read the memorial for lost workers and the 50th anniversary. Back in your car head back to the Cobb Highway and turn right towards Wakool. After about 15 kilometres tum right onto Calimo Road and travel to Stevens Weir, which is about a further 10 kilometres. The weir was built in 1938 and was considered the most important structure for the district as it guaranteed permanent town water supplies and was instrumental in establishment of the rice industry. There is a picnic area at the weir and you will be able to see the recently completed fish ladder on the opposite side of the river.
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. Drive half way around the block and access the wetlands near the truck wash in SaJeyards 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. It is possible to observe over 80 bird species in a day within the town of Deniliquin. In summer, migratory birds may enable you to attain an even higher total.
The Backroads Trail, located just south of Deniliquin, weaves together the themes of heritage, environment, food, wine and culture in an informed and user-friendly way.
Stand on the sites where history was made. You’ll be delighted by small businesses along the way offering delicious produce, and extra attractions such as stunning sculptures, leafy bushland walks and relaxing river cruises.
The Backroads Trail is a great way to experience the region’s natural environment. More information about The Backroads Trail can be found at Deniliquin Visitor Information Centre or visit www.backroadstrail.com.au
Long Paddock Touring Route
The Long Paddock is a unique touring route, which follows the 610 kilometres of the Cobb Highway (named after the famous coach company) from Echuca/Moama on the Victorian border, through the towns of Deniliquin, Hay and Wilcannia, leading to the outback towns of Bourke, Broken Hill and White Cliffs.
The Long Paddock Touring Route follows part of the great network of stock routes that became known as ‘The Long Paddock’, an historic web of tracks which linked stock-breeding areas of inland NSW and Queensland with emerging markets in Victoria.
Visitors can download The Long Paddock Touring Route visitor guide which outlines all of the towns and villages along the route split into regions, including the Murray Region, Deniliquin Region, Hay Region, Conargo Region and the Central Darling Region.
Deniliquin is a major stopping point along the touring route, and a good stopping point on the drive from the Victorian border, north to the outback.
Situated in the centre of Riverina sheep station country and on the fringe of one of the world’s largest red gum forest, the natural attractions, river system and the network of forest trails in the Deniliquin region offer you the chance to explore nature.
For those more interested in history and the arts, the Peppin Heritage Centre and the Visitor Information Centre offer a descriptive history of Deniliquin and its links to the development of the Peppin Merino sheep.
You can also learn about the rich history of the stock routes by taking a stroll along The Long Paddock River Walk starting at the Visitor Information Centre. The walk will take you past some of the old buildings, the red gum trees that line the river as well as the ‘Ute on a Pole’ which celebrates the world record Deni Ute Muster.
Right next door to the Peppin is The Long Paddock sculpture called ‘Shod’ which depicts a giant half of a bullock’s shoe. ‘Cut’ by Jonathan Leahey is the latest edition to the sculpture collection and can be found at the Davidson Street rest area heading north from Deniliquin.
If you aren’t sure where to start there are pre-planned itineraries to suit any interest, from fishing to arts, culture, heritage or food and wine.
The Deniliquin Visitor’s Information Centre can help you with any questions about The Long Paddock experience.
Deni has the trail for you!