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Experience nature

As well as being situated on the banks of the beautiful Edward River, Deniliquin also boasts the most magnificent natural lagoon system that meanders through the centre of town. The lagoons are home to an array of birdlife, native wildlife and aquatic species.

The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project started in 2011 and has resulted in the lagoons which run through the centre of town being transformed into a nature wonderland.

In McFaull Park the lagoon has been developed into an open-air classroom to help people learn about the value of wetlands, with interpretive signs helping to provide a self-navigable 'wetland walk'.

There are now native fish, including the endangered Southern Pigmy Perch, in the lagoons, which are also frequented by an amazing array of birdlife including ducks, speckled geese, lots of shags and pied cormorants, as well as rare species like the Australian reed warbler. Its presence highlighted the project's success in creating a bird habitat in the centre of town.

The refuge in the centre of the lagoon is the perfect place for birds to sit, rest and dry their wings. Every day they can be seen from the bird hide on the island.

Also watch out for water rats, which are common in the McFaull Park lagoon and love eating yabbies and small fish, and turtles which use the refuge for sunning themselves and resting.

The nearby Waring Gardens is a delightful picnic area where you can feed the ducks, let the kids run around in the enclosed children's playground or laze around under a giant Moreton Bay fig.

Further along, in the Whitelock Street lagoon, a recreational fishing park is being established. At this wonderful education facility you will learn how to fish, the types of fish in our waterways and Indigenous areas of importance. A fishing deck is being built over the lagoon which will be stocked with native fish and surrounded by native plants. A barbecue is also being installed to help visitors sit back, relax and enjoy an unrivalled facility in the heart of town.

Explore Deniliquin’s unique lagoon system on the 1.4km Lagoons to River trail, which curves through the centre of town. You’ll pass through gorgeous parkland including Waring Gardens, Scott’s Park and Brown’s Park. The trails have signage along the way to keep you on track, show distances and highlight key attractions.