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A guide to Deniliquin
Deniliquin, New South Wales, is an outpost sort of town. The small city sits in the far southern reaches of New South Wales, far from the bright lights of larger cities, near the state border with Victoria. This is part of the undiscovered Australia, where a traditional way of life and a strong local culture have thrived for generations. This is the place to get away from it all. Deniliquin (locally known as "Deni") sits 285 km north of Melbourne and maintains its own unique identity. Given that the town was named after a legendary Aboriginal wrestler, you could rightfully assume that sport and activity are part and parcel of Deniliquin's unique cachet. A strong industrial base in rice, wool, beef, and timber provides for the town's economy, and a lively local community provides the entertainment.
Founding an Industry
Deniliquin had a quiet hand in revolutionizing part of the wool industry in Australia. In the 1860s, the Peppin family worked to improve the Merino sheep breed so that the animals could survive the drier climates found in the Riverina region. They were unquestionably successful, and today more than 70% of all Australian Merinos can be traced back to the Peppin Merino.
Did you know?
The father of Malcolm Fraser, former Liberal Prime Minister of Australia was a pastoralist in Deniliquin.
The Great Outdoors - There's plenty for those with get up and go to get active in Deniliquin. The Edward River, on which the town sits, is a great place for water sports including canoeing, kayaking and water skiing and the locals describe the river as a fisherman's dream (try your hand, dangle your rod and expect to find a Yellowbelly or Murray Cod on your hook.) Away from the river, the country is ripe for cycling and bush walking, and there are local golf courses for a round or two.
Walking tours - If self guided-tours are your thing, the Discover Deliquin Tour which takes in the Peppin Heritage Centre will keep you occupied for 3 hours or so, whilst the Deniliquin's Engineering Marvels tour is the opportunity to see some of the reasons behind the town's successful agricultural industry with a visit to the Lawson's Syphon and Stevens Weir.
Deni Play on the Plains and Deni Ute Muster - This annual festival (September to October, coinciding with Labor Day) is the main attraction in Deni. Each year, the participants challenge the Guinness World Records for the maximum number of utes in one location, with the current record standing at more than 10,000. The festival includes car shows, air shows, bull riding, tractor pulls, and more. Kids are welcome too, and the Duck & Pig show delights all comers.
Football - For the sports fans in your life, Deniliquin doesn't disappoint. Fans of Australian Rules Football can catch matches from the Deni Rams or the Deni Rovers, and Rugby Union devotees can see the Deni Drovers in action.
Matchmakers Festival - Each March, the city holds the Matchmakers Festival. The event is a large-scale singles' mixer, allowing singles aged 25 to 55 to meet and mingle. The event includes speed dating, live bands, a dress ball, and more. Covering 2.5 days, singles have plenty of time to interact and make a match.
Deni Blues & Roots Festival - Music lovers will be flocking into Deniliquin at Easter to attend the two-day concert extravaganza. The festival draws worldwide talent to New South Wales, including Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and more. Campsites are available at the fully catered venue, so true music aficionados never have to leave the site.
Wineries - The Riverina region supplies the majority of NSW's wines, and local wineries are open for visitors. Try Restdown Winery, which includes an underground winery and a series of walking trails. Lunch is available here as well, featuring locally sourced foods and cheeses. The nearby Old School Winery and Meadery is also worth a visit. Alongside delicious wines from local grapes, this winery produces mead (from honey) for a taste of the extraordinary and is adjacent to the Cellar Door Pottery Studio.