If you pick your time right, arriving into Deni with the jacaranda trees in full purple bloom is like finding an oasis after the flat, unremarkable drive north from Moama. And ‘oasis’ describes Deniliquin well. As well as the wide Edward River, there are a series of lagoons that wind through the centre of town, as well as nearby wetlands.
Deni is home to the famed annual Ute Muster, a unique meeting place for rural farmers and inner-city hipsters sharing their love of blue singlets (for some the love is utilitarian, for others it’s ironic).
A stroll around town will take you past parks, ute sculptures and along the pretty Beach to Beach Walk beside the river and through the Island Sanctuary, which features native animals and more than 100 bird species. Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre offer guided cultural tours of the sanctuary.