Ditch the passport this spring and discover what's waiting in your backyard.
Located in southern New South Wales, the Riverina is famous for its rich heritage, natural beauty, fresh local produce, award-winning wine and welcoming hospitality that will make you feel right at home. Our friends at BIG4 Holiday Park show us why we should visit this beautiful part of the country:
1. Food and wine
The Riverina region’s fertile farmland has attracted migrants from many nations, creating an eclectic mix of cuisines and cultures. Handmade licorice, chocolate, bread and pressed olive oil are just some of the local delights on the menu. The Riverina is also the biggest producer of wine in NSW and boasts award-winning wines to match the treats you bring home from the local farmers markets.
2. Water sports
The Edward River snakes through the Riverina providing the perfect setting for leisurely cruises or high action water skiing. Fishing is also an integral part of the local culture with more than 1200 anglers flocking to Deniliquin every February for the Deniliquin Fishing Classic. Local accommodation provider, BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, even has a pontoon boat available for hire so you can take in the tranquil riverside town from a different vantage point.
The Riverina loves an event, but the highlight of the year has to be the Deniliquin Ute Muster. Started in early 1999 by a small group of community-minded people led by the Deniliquin Tourism Council, the muster is a rural themed event that brings visitors to the town in droves. Each year on the NSW Labour Day weekend, thousands of utes gather in Deniliquin to celebrate all things rural Australia with a two-day festival featuring live music, ute driving competitions, family entertainment, bull ride spectaculars and much more.
If you’re drawn to the history of the region, stop by the Peppin Heritage Centre to learn about the hardships faced by early settlers. Originally Deniliquin's first public school, the building is named after the Peppin family who operated a sheep station at Wanganella, just outside of Deniliquin in the 1800s. It wasn’t just any sheep station though, the family developed a Merino sheep that could withstand and thrive in the harsh Australian conditions, paving the way for future settlers.
If you’re looking to get lost in nature then the Riverina’s national parks and forest walks are perfect for a tranquil escape. In July 2010 the NSW Government established more than 100,000 hectares of River Red Gum parks in the Riverina that are now home to abundant plant life, animals and birds. The range of new reserves, including national parks, regional parks and Indigenous Protected Areas, together with existing parks in Victoria, form the largest number of river red gums in conservation around the world.
For more information, visit www.big4.com.au