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Deniliquin In Autumn: Discover The Region’s Delights

29 Feb 2024

Deniliquin In Autumn: Discover The Region’s Delights

As the summer sun sets over the iconic plains of the Deniliquin region, it’s an invitation to experience a new season - the magic of an autumn getaway - in this idyllic corner of the world.

Whether you're drawn to these parts by the call of nature, the allure of country life, or simply the promise of a new adventure on the river, Deniliquin welcomes travelers, wanderers, seekers and holiday-makers with wide open arms.

At this time of year, the region is bursting with colour - the russet tones of towering river red gums, the crimson autumn leaves of trees lining the town streets, and the rich earthy hues of freshly turned soil in paddocks along the country roads.

But it's not just the landscape that captivates the soul here; it's the people who call Deniliquin home. Their warmth and hospitality infuse every encounter, inviting visitors to become part of the fabric of local life.

Step into Deniliquin and its surrounding villages during autumn, and you'll find yourself captivated by the rhythm of life that pulses through the streets. Join in the laughter of a country market bustling with artisanal treasures and homemade delights, or share stories over a steaming cup of locally brewed coffee in a lovely little café tucked away in a quiet corner.

Feel the pull? Deni has a way of doing that. Pack your bags and get ready to discover the beauty of autumn on the Edward River.

Festivals and Attractions

First stop should be the Visitor Information Centre which is housed in the iconic Peppin Heritage Centre. Friendly staff will give all the advice you need for a meaningful and memorable stay. Hire mountain bikes for free, shop for souvenirs and unique local gifts in their gift shop, and enjoy the gallery space which will feature a number of exhibitions over the autumn season, including international quilt exhibition In Conversation, and others.

While in town, be sure to take a tour of the newly refurbished Deniliquin Town Hall. This 148-year old historical landmark has undergone a $4.2 million upgrade, in keeping with the traditional colours and features of the early 20th century interior design styles including art deco and the arts and crafts movement. Open days are held at the hall on the second Saturday of each month.

The Easter long weekend is also just around the corner, and with it comes the much-anticipated Deni Fest – a series of small events that promise big fun for locals and visitors alike. Deni Fest encompasses all the well-loved arts and cultural activities happening in Deniliquin, including the Rotary Easter Art Show, the ArtOut Artisan Market, APRA Championship Rodeo and Lions Club Community Market.

Reel In The Good Times

Autumn in the Deniliquin region is the ideal time to cast your lines and reel in some bragging right beauties. Whether you're angling for Murray cod, golden perch, or the elusive trout or yellowbelly, the rivers and tributaries around these parts offer prime fishing spots. Take a tinny into the peaceful forest waters, or throw in a line from the riverbank. Who knows? You might just land the catch of the day!

The most popular baits along the Edward for snagging a fish are shrimps, worms, grubs, yabbies and cheese. Please note bag and size limits apply and a NSW recreational fishing licence is required (available online at Service NSW or at local service stations).

Escape to the popular waters of the Edward River for an unforgettable autumn aquatic adventure. The river is famous for its long stretches of smooth waters, ideal for skiing and wakeboarding - and the bonus is you won’t find the congestion common at many other river spots.

There are also no-ski zones for gentler activities, and at this time of year, there’s no better way to take in the beautiful bush landscapes painted in hues of golden amber and fiery red than on board a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Whether you’re a pro paddler or a newbie looking for some wet and wild adventuring, you’re going to love exploring the long stretches of tranquil river, hidden creeks and backwaters, soaking up the autumn sun and river vibes along the way.

For a guaranteed bucket-filler, try the three-day canoe trip along the Edward River from Picnic Point to Deniliquin. This trail takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and you’ll find picturesque campsites along the way for overnight stops too.

Grab your gear (or rent it through McLean Beach Caravan Park), hit the water, and let the good times roll.

Campfires Burning

It wouldn’t be autumn without a weekend spent camping under the stars. The Deniliquin region offers plenty of secluded camping spots for those looking to check out from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. Whether you prefer a riverside campground or a private spot in the bush, you'll find a swag load of perfect settings to pitch your tent and unwind. And with the Naponda Farmers Market and Lions Club Community Market in Deniliquin offering fresh produce and goodies, you'll have everything you need for a gourmet campfire feast!

While you’re out sourcing campfire sustenance, take the time to explore some of the beautiful walks around Deni including the 1.4km Lagoons to River trail, which coils through the stunning lagoon system wetlands in the centre of town, and the Island Sanctuary, where a walking track winds through four hectares of red gum bushland, forming part of the Beach to Beach walk.

Keep an eye out for the magnificent variety of birdlife on your travels too - the Murray Valley Regional Park, McFaull Park, Blake Botanic Reserve and Island Sanctuary are all popular spots for birdwatching.

Great Value Getaway

It’s no secret that Aussie households are feeling the pinch of cost of living pressures.

Price hikes in essential goods such as housing, interest rates, utilities, petrol, and groceries

are all biting hard and forcing some to hit pause on travel plans. But not all holidays have to break the bank. Whether it’s a weekend escape or a longer vacation that you’re seeking, Deniliquin offers great value getaways with affordable accommodation options and budget-friendly experiences that are guaranteed to leave change in your wallet.

Plus, being within a few hours reach of Melbourne, a day-trip from Sydney and close to other major towns, Deniliquin is easy to access, and the perfect destination for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

If you're seeking adventure on the river, relaxation under the stars, and a taste of true country living, the Deniliquin region will tick all your holiday boxes during these glorious months of autumn. So grab your mates, pack your bags, and come play with us on the river soon.

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