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Winter in Deniliquin

The Perfect Winter Week in Deniliquin

Deniliquin offers visitors a rare blend of glorious outdoor activities, fascinating glimpses of the past, and modern, vibrant retail and artistic communities. In the cooler months, Deni settles back into its own rhythm, with a calendar of smaller community-based events and cool sunny days designed to explore our stunning landscapes.

The first decision is where to stay. Deniliquin sits on the Edward River, and many accommodation options – from free camping and caravan parks through to B&Bs, hotels and even houseboats – are located nearby. Book well ahead during school holidays (Victoria 25 June–10 July; NSW 2–17 July 2022). At other times, you’ll be able to find a place that suits your style and budget easily in winter.

Deniliquin is a lovely town to stroll around. Local jewellery shops and boutiques sit alongside places to eat that span the full range from simple bakeries and take-away places to award-winning restaurants showcasing local produce. Grab a warming coffee and stroll the markets that take over Waring Gardens in the centre of town on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of every month.

Away from summer’s heat, it’s easy to explore the town by following the system of natural lagoons that run for six blocks through the centre of town. And if walking or cycling is your thing, the Beach to Beach walk along the Edward River and through the four-hectare Island Sanctuary is a gorgeous way to start the day. You’ll see and hear many of our native bird species and – if you’re lucky – you might see some local animals too.

At dinner time, a great choice is to settle in at a pub or club for a meal and a chat. Toast your toes on a chilly night by the fireplace at the Exchange Hotel or Edward River Hotel in town, or the Pretty Pine Hotel 20 minutes’ drive from Deni.

The town celebrates its history, from the proud traditions of the indigenous Barababaraba people to European arrival in the 1840s and beyond. Deniliquin was gazetted as a town in 1850, and was a major thoroughfare for some of Australia’s biggest stock routes. If the clouds open up, or you feel like slowing down a little, local history is commemorated at the Peppin Heritage Centre (set for a grand post-renovation opening this winter), the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and the Historical Society Museum – all featuring impressive displays and information.

If school holidays aren’t your only window to visit, consider timing your visit to coincide with the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo. While you might not ordinarily mark agricultural sheep events on your calendar, this one is worth a look.

As one of the most important commodities in the Riverina, wool is at the centre of many local communities. The Expo – now in its twelfth year following two years of COVID-related cancellations – features wool displays, blade-shearing demonstrations and even a fashion parade featuring the best woollen styles from major labels and emerging designers.

The highlight for many is the competition, with cash prizes awarded for Merino Ewe and Ram of the Year. The question on many locals’ lips is whether Poll Boonoke stud from Conargo will continue its dominance by winning best ram for a stunning eighth time in a row. Be there on 12 August to find out!

Deniliquin is also a central spot to base yourself to explore our local villages, and for other events in surrounding towns throughout winter. Just 30 minutes south is the spectacular Moama Lights, an outdoor display that lights up Horseshoe Lagoon with spectacular displays inspired by local stories and the environment (31 Jul–21 Aug).

And when winter’s over, we’ll start looking forward to spring, and the biggest event on the calendar: the 2022 Deni Ute Muster (30 Sep–1 Oct). This is a bucket-list event that has to be experienced to be believed. Aside from the utes, the musical line up already includes Ian Moss, Troy Cassar-Daly, Jessica Mauboy, The Angels, Aussie legend John Williamson, and US superstar Brad Paisley who has had 20 singles reach #1 on the Billboard country music chart. Join us and 20,000 of our closest friends… Book early to avoid disappointment.

In the meantime, we’ll see you in Deni this winter.