Deniliquin is expected to be brimming with visitors this Easter long weekend, and there is something for everyone when it comes to entertainment.
The Easter events line-up includes free concerts, movie screenings, art shows, an artisan and vintage market, bush poetry performances, a book launch, multicultural food market, Easter services, a community market, the Deniliquin Rodeo, and the annual tennis tournament which runs all weekend.
Then there are the natural attractions, with the Edward River height expected to be hovering just above 2m for the weekend and beautiful sunny weather predicted with tops of 26-27°C across Friday to Monday.
Surrounding forests will also be overflowing with campers.
Deniliquin Business Chamber has secured a visit from the Easter Bunny on Saturday morning, which will only add to the excitement of the Art Out Artisan and Vintage Market, a Deniliquin Bush Poets’ performance stage, a multicultural food market and the Rotary Easter Art Show which will all be on in the CBD at the same time.
‘‘It’s a great time for businesses on the back of a successful Do It In Deni Street Bazaar earlier in the month,” Chamber executive officer Janet Renehan said.
“This weekend people will see that Deniliquin is certainly open for business, and in addition to the variety of activities people can shop and enjoy our wonderful town and parks.
“We know people come for the river, but there will also be some great shopping, wonderful experiences and a vibrant community for them to enjoy as well.’’
The tourism element of the town is already buzzing, with holiday hotspot BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park booked to capacity over the Easter break.
BIG4 Deniliquin owner Frank White said he expects a top weekend.
‘‘We have special Easter activities over the weekend for families and children, including a visit from the Easter bunny, movie nights and an Easter egg hunt.
‘‘It will be a great weekend for all and everyone in town.’’
Mr White said the river would also prove a popular attraction despite not being at the ideal level for on-water activities.
‘‘The river is still very usable and everyone can still have a great time on it but it would definitely be ideal to have a bit more water in it.
‘‘We will have to warn guests when they arrive and keep them informed if the water levels are too low, but other than that the weather is meant to be fantastic so we are definitely expecting a lot of activity on the river,’’ Mr White said.
Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan said there is certainly ‘‘something for everyone’’.
‘‘There is a lot for people to come and see, so people can choose what they would like to do — from the Easter Bunny handing out Deniliquin Business Chamber Easter eggs, to the Rodeo, to the river.’’