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March long weekend

Spend the long weekend in Deni

Sick of lockdowns and curfews and rings of steel? Head north this Labour Day long weekend (5–8 March) to gorgeous Deniliquin. We’re not far from Echuca, and have a weekend of fun and festivities designed for you to shake off your COVID blues.

At any time of the year, Deni is a great spot to land. Nestled alongside the calm and pretty Edward River, we offer watersports, outdoor camping and hiking experiences, spectacular birdwatching and fun arts and sculptures.

But we pull out all stops on Victoria’s Labour Day weekend. We know you’re busting to get out and about. And here’s an opportunity you might not be able to refuse. Knock off work at lunchtime and you’ll be here by 4pm…

Friday 5 March

On arrival in Deniliquin, head down to the Deni Boat Club and sign up for 20-minute slots at the ski school. Scoot across the surface of the Edward River under expert tutelage. It’s thirsty work, so lucky there’s a happy hour from 6:30–7:30pm. Add in a mobile pizza truck and that’s a great day condensed into four hours!

If you’re still feeling peckish (and perhaps a bit fancy) pop into The Crossing Café, right next to the National Bridge, for Spanish-style tapas and cocktails. Can’t get to Europe? No worries!

Saturday 6 March

Local traders, community groups and schools all get together for the annual extravaganza that is the ‘Do It In Deni’ Street Bazaar. Retail specials, home-made treats, artisan stalls, jewellery, food, buskers and heaps more descend on Napier and Cressy Streets. Spring might have the Ute Muster, but those in the know in autumn head to this fun, family-friendly event.

Once you’ve stocked up on preserves, hand-made earrings and vinyl records, and filled up on pastries, it’s time to join everyone else in the region at the 141st annual Deniliquin Show at Memorial Park. You might have seen sideshow alley and the show bag tents at the Melbourne Show, but here’s a real-life country agricultural show.

The kids will love the animal displays and dog jumping. Of course there are plenty of rides, show bags and fun ways to lose $2, but there’s also fireworks and a demolition derby!

The show is also on Sunday.

Sunday 7 March

Speaking of the Ute Muster, Deni’s world-famous cultural event (which occurs at the start of October) is hosting a celebration of its own over the weekend. The Ute Muster site, hard to miss due to the huge rusted-iron gates on the drive north-east out of town, is opening its long-awaited museum.

The Deni Ute Muster has reigned supreme as the iconic celebration of Australian culture, music, fun and good times. For more than 20 years it has attracted regional and rural crowds, and a huge influx of city folk too, to enjoy music, fun, great utes and even better hospitality, in what has become one of the showcase family-friendly events in Australia.

A museum dedicated to capturing the history and spirit of the event is having its grand opening on 7 March. If you’re not at the muster, this is the next best thing. It’ll then be open 7 days a week.

Spend Sunday arvo and evening in the good hands of organisers at the Play on the Plains music festival. Kicking off at 1:30 and ending around 9:30, this is the perfect event for visitors of all ages. This year’s lineup is amazing. Headliners are Freo’s San Cisco, with their famed cool sounds sure to leave you on a relaxed high.

Before them, we’ve got acts from right across the country designed to lift spirits with their broad appeal. Look out especially for the truly amazing and unmissable voice of Benny Walker and the Hottest 100 hits of Ruby Fields

Something else?

We’ve laid out a weekend of fun, shopping, music and discovery. If anything doesn’t quite float your boat, there’s plenty more.

Nature walks, mountain biking, splash parks, restaurants, and a day trip around our beautiful smaller villages (including Blighty, Conargo, Wanganella, Pretty Pine, Booroorban and Mayrung) will keep you occupied all weekend.

Where to stay

We’ve got lots of options for all travel types, group sizes and budgets. Hotels, motels, waterside family resorts, romantic B&Bs, pet-friendly accom, RV-friendly locations, and heaps and heaps of camping options, from camp grounds to free camping.

Find the perfect place and book now.