Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The ultimate ROAD TRIP

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Pack up the kids and head out on a three-day weekend to Deniliquin and district.

Have a fun-filled family adventure before returning to the working week.

Edward River incorporat­es the communitie­s of Deniliquin, Blighty, Conargo, Wanganella and Booroorban, and a huge expanse of productive land where cropping and sheep and cattle is found.

There are plenty of places to explore across the whole district. To help you get the most out of your stay, Visit Deni has a number of suggested itinerarie­s for you to follow. Following is the suggestion for families.

Dinner:

Morning:

Friday

Hit the road and head for Deni. If you’re coming from Melbourne or Ballarat it’ll be around 3.5 hours (assuming no big hold ups on the Ring Road). From Wagga it’s under three hours.

Accommodat­ion:

You pick — there’s a great array of hotels and motels, resorts, caravannin­g, camping and glamping.

If you haven’t stopped along the way, keep it simple and grab some take away. In Deniliquin you’ll find global take out giants alongside local pizza, chicken shops, fish and chips, Asian and more.

Saturday

Start the day with coffee and a superfood smoothie bowl at Nourish Deniliquin, or something tempting from one of Deni’s bakeries and cafes.

Exploring town by bike is fun and easy! Borrow bikes for free at the Visitor Informatio­n Centre then head to McLean Beach (you can also hire bikes at the Holiday Park there) then ride along the ‘Beach to Beach’ bike trail that follows the river through town into the Murray Valley Regional Park (2.6km).

Visit the Informatio­n Centre along the way, where you can visit the Peppin Heritage Centre, which tells the history of the Peppin Merino, houses an original school room, the Wanganella Gaol, and so much more.

Then follow the Town Walk map to the Island Sanctuary, a natural bushland island that boasts unique native flora and fauna, including kangaroos and more than 100 varieties of birdlife. Also in the sanctuary is the burial site of ‘Old Jack’, who suffered at the hands of the notorious Melville gang of bushranger­s when they paid Deni an unwelcome visit in 1851.

Continue further on your choice of cycle trails through the forest and along the river, surrounded by birdlife and native wildlife in their natural habitat.

Afternoon:

Back in town, linger over a long lunch at one of the local restaurant­s.

With so much activity in the morning, a quiet afternoon at McLean Beach is ideal. Build sandcastle­s, play in the water, read a book and simply enjoy life.

Evening: Get cleaned up and head into town for dinner. Choose from the pubs, clubs or one of the casual local restaurant­s.

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