On the Edward River at the hub of the biggest irrigation network in Australia, the large western NSW border town of Deniliquin presides over one of the most prolific rice-growing regions in the nation. The grain is processed in Deniliquin at the largest rice mill in the southern hemisphere.
Despite the growth of the rice industry, the sheep still rules on such famed merino stud stations as Wanganella and Boonoke in the northern reaches of the Deniliquin district
It is not all work and no play in the area, however, and visitors can relax with the locals on safe, river beaches.
Visitors can catch up on the history of the district in the Peppin Heritage Centre and swing along with some top combos at the annual Easter Jazz Festival. The festival is held in Pioneer Park which conserves 20ha of red gum forest growing round a billabong. The wilderness area is now a tourist park, complete with antique steam trains.
- Sun Festival (January), Stampede (Easter)
Things to do
Pioneer Tourist Park - art and craft gallery, antique steam and pump display, blacksmith shop, rural museum
Bird Observatory Tower - Mathoura, 34 km south
Conargo Bush Pub - authentic bush pub with photo gallery of merino wool from the area
Visitor Information Centre - Peppin Heritage Centre, George St, Deniliquin