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48 hours in Deni

From river walks to beach picnics

Here’s how you can experience the best of Deni in just two days. Ready? Let’s go.

Day 1

Morning

Start your adventure with the Beach to Beach Walk, which links the town’s two most popular riverside beaches (McLean Beach and Willoughby’s Beach) and passes through both peaceful Island Sanctuary and Memorial Park. Along the way, you’ll see the Ute on a Pole and a stunning sculpture celebrating the iconic ute Reuitilise.

Refuel with some coffee in town from a local café (try The Crossing or Brontes Gourmet), and if it’s a weekend, there might be a market on in the Waring Gardens. Wander through the town’s shops and stop by the Peppin Heritage Centre next to the Visitor Information Centre.

Afternoon

Hire two wheels and head to the Murray Valley Regional Park to explore the Mountain Bike Trails – or if you prefer a more gentle speed, there’s impressive bird watching to be done at the Reed Beds Bird Hide.

Then it’s time to hit the Edward River – hire a barge from BIG4 and spend an afternoon exploring the river or fishing (you don’t need a boat or fishing licence on this barge). The refreshing waters will also beckon for a float, a canoe or a swim!

Evening

As evening falls, tuck into some takeaway fish and chips back at Willoughby’s Beach – it’s dog friendly so bring your four-legged friend. If it’s warm, take a dip in the river, and if it’s cold, this is an ideal setting for campfires and marshmallows.

Then pop by one of our friendly pubs. The first Friday of the month is an open-mic muso night at the Deniliquin Club so bring your best singing voice!

Day 2

Morning

Stretch your legs with a stroll along the Lagoon Walk – it’s a great way to wander through picturesque parts of Deni with the Water Tower Mural at the end.

If you’re not too walked out, there’s the Golf Club for a quick round or the Historic Town Walk with a guided map from the Visitor Information Centre. There are more than 40 points of interest dotted throughout Deni.

Afternoon

When hunger hits, grab a counter meal from one of our country pubs (always hard to beat a parma) or any of the tasty takeaway options with a picnic in a local park, or take some barbecue supplies down to McLean Beach.

Then explore the unique collection of rare and vintage vehicles at The Depot, or learn more about the area at the fascinating Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

Evening

It’s time to hit the road to the famous Hay Plains to see a truly epic sunset. Along the way, you’ll pass scenic flatlands, farmland, villages and sculptures such as the Headless Horseman.

On your drive back into Deni, drop by the Wanganella General Store for dinner and a yarn with the locals by the longest creek in Australia – the Billabong Creek. As you head home, you’ll see why the big sky is so popular with star gazers around here.