Deniliquin is an aquatic playground in The Murray region of NSW offering wonderful waterskiing, wakeboarding and fishing, as well as bushwalking, cycling and golf. This charming town, known affectionately as Deni, is on the beautiful Edward River, a tributary of the Murray River, and home to the world-famous Deni Ute Muster.
The iconic two-day Deni Ute Muster is one of Australia’s premier rural events and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of utility vehicles. Held annually on the October long weekend, head along and enjoy live music, ute competitions, rodeo and plenty of things to do for the kids.
Check out the events calendar for more local festivities, such as the Deniliquin Fishing Classic, an annual catch and release fishing competition on the Edward River. Pick up fresh produce from the Lions Club Community Market, held on the fourth Sunday of the month, and enjoy a paddock to plate experience at the Long Table Cafe.
Explore the river by kayak, boat or houseboat, or hire bicycles and pedal along the riverbank. You can also cycle the Beach to Beach Riverside Walk, which takes in the Island Sanctuary, home to kangaroos and over 100 bird species. Or enjoy the surroundings from the neighbouring Deniliquin Golf Club.
Just south of Deniliquin, the Edward River meanders into the spectacular Murray Valley National Park, which protects the Riverina’s Ramsar-listed wetlands. The park has three loop mountain bike tracks to explore, winding through majestic river red gum forest. Keep an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos.
Learn about the area’s history at the fascinating Deniliquin and District Historical Society Museum, located in a former police inspector’s home, built in the 1880s. Another must-visit is the Peppin Heritage Centre, which houses an art exhibition space, museum and the Deniliquin Visitor Information Centre.
Deniliquin is at the junction of the Cobb and Riverina highways, an hour north of Echuca Moama. From Sydney, the drive is around eight hours and 3hr 30min from Melbourne. The nearest airport is Albury, a little over two hours away. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from riverside camping and holiday parks to cottages and motels.