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More than the Ute Muster: exploring Deniliquin's hidden gems

28 Sep 2023 by Georgia Homer

More than the Ute Muster: exploring Deniliquin's hidden gems

The Deni Ute Muster is undoubtedly one of the town's most famous events, drawing crowds from near and far to celebrate ute culture, country music, whip cracking, wood chopping and much more. But Deniliquin has so much more to offer than the Ute Muster. In this blog, you will find the town's best nature spots, dining establishments and family-friendly activities that will make you want to explore this charming township.

Enjoy the river

There's nothing quite like immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Deniliquin by taking to the river. McLean Beach is your gateway to aquatic adventures, where you can rent a canoe or kayak from McLean Beach Holiday Park. Whether you prefer paddling, boating, or engaging in water sports, or simply relaxing on the sandy shores, the river offers something for everyone. If you're into fishing, ask the friendly locals for their favourite spots – you might even catch and release a Murray Cod! Additionally, pontoon hire is available from BIG4 Holiday Park Deniliquin for those seeking a leisurely cruise along the river.

Walk, scoot, skate, or cycle

Discover walking tracks, bike paths, skate parks, and more. Waring Gardens, located in the heart of town, is a tranquil spot to unwind. If you have kids in tow, Scott's Park offers playground enjoyment. Strolling alongside the Edward River is a fantastic way to connect with native birdlife, get lost in pockets of bushland along its banks. For a leisurely family stroll, the 1.4km Lagoons to River Walk is perfect. And don't forget about the popular Beach to Beach walk, weaving from McLean Beach to Willoughby's Beach in the Murray Valley Regional Park.

Love the living lagoons

Deniliquin takes pride in its vibrant Living Lagoon system, showcasing the rehabilitation of multiple inner-city lagoons. This area highlights the importance of wetlands in the local indigenous community. You can explore these beautiful lagoons, starting from 'Werrpanakata Lagoon' and winding through Waring Gardens, McFaull Park, Burchfield Park, and Matthew’s Park Lagoon. It's a unique opportunity to connect with nature and learn about the vital role these wetlands play in the environment.

The top food spots

Deniliquin is also a food lover's paradise. Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or a special dinner, the town has you covered.

Cruizin Diner

Cruise on into this 1950s American-inspired diner. Decked out with vibrant vinyl booths, neon signs, classic tunes and a flavoursome menu, Cruizin' Diner is a family-friendly environment completed with a play zone area and indoor, and outdoor dining space.

Crossing Café

Located near the Edward River, The Crossing Café offers a relaxed atmosphere paired with great food and outstanding service. It's the perfect place to grab a coffee or savour a meal, whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Globe Hotel Deniliquin

Boasting a newly refurbished kitchen, bistro & bar area as well as a beer garden, The Globe guarantees a delicious lunch or dinner 7 days per week. Choose from weekly specials, Sunday roast, famous ‘Schnittys’, kid’s meals, desserts and more.

Exchange Hotel

For a classic country pub experience with a modern twist, visit the Exchange Hotel. It's family-friendly, with indoor and outdoor seating, making it a great option for everyone.

Family-friendly activities

For those seeking family-friendly activities, Deniliquin has something special in store.

Sculpture Muster – Running from Sept 7th to Oct 27th

For art enthusiasts, the first-ever Sculpture Muster is a must-visit. Explore more than 20 stunning sculptures created by acclaimed local artists. From mega hearts to giant metal cod, longhorns, emus, and more, you'll be captivated by these rustic and awe-inspiring works of art. The Sculpture Muster is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Ute Muster site in the beautiful Peppin Heritage Centre Gallery & Gardens, right next to the popular Crossing Café. It's open seven days a week, so you can fit it into your Deniliquin adventure anytime.

The Depot Historic Vehicle and Memorabilia Collection

Dive into Deniliquin's history at The Depot, where you'll find a unique collection of vehicles and memorabilia that tell stories of life at home and on the road. Interactive displays and activities make it a fun and educational outing for the whole family.

Fancy a game of Tennis?

Located in the heart of Deni, with a total of 18 courts, including 12 grass and 6 synthetic grass courts, it's a tennis enthusiast's paradise. Whether you're a seasoned player or just looking for some family fun, you can hire one of these gorgeous tennis greens and enjoy a lively match in the town centre.

Swing into nature's paradise with a round of golf

Deniliquin Golf Club is a stunning 18-hole course with a driving range situated along the Murray River. Here, golfers are treated to both a challenging round and the beauty of native wildlife, including kangaroos, kookaburras, and parrots. Located on the edge of the Murray Valley Regional Park, this course offers a peaceful escape just moments from town. Its 18 well-maintained fairways wind through scenic waterways and forests, making it a favourite spot for both golf enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

In Deniliquin, the fun doesn't begin and end with the Ute Muster. Explore the town's natural beauty, savour delicious cuisine, and immerse yourself in art and history. Deniliquin has something for everyone, making it a perfect destination for a memorable getaway. Discover the hidden gems of Deniliquin!