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Deniliquin Australia Day tradition

Barbecues and a day on the Edward River are popular choices for Australia Day celebrations in Deniliquin.

CASS SAVELLIS January 25, 2013 4:22am

Australia Day 2013 - The Owens, Harrison and Trewin families, from Melbourne, at McLean Beach.

Many tourists had already flocked to Deniliquin this week to enjoy the river, give their boats a run and have a barbie in anticipation of the Australia Day long weekend.

The Owens, Harrison and Trewin families, from Melbourne, have been visiting Deniliquin for 38 years.

Three generations of their families camp at McLean Beach Caravan Park numerous times over summer and also in the cooler months.

There are many reasons that sway the families to return each year.

‘‘We come for the weather, people, town and lifestyle habits,’’ a member of the Owens family said.

‘‘We’ve been coming here since we were kids,’’ added a member of the Harrison family. ‘‘Now we’re passing on the lifestyle to our kids.’’

Most people are preparing the barbecue for Australia Day tomorrow, and IGA’s meat department staff are busy preparing for an influx of customers in search of sausages and chops.

‘‘We’ve had a few customers come in (this week), but the real rush starts tomorrow (Friday),’’ an IGA butcher said.

According to Elders Weather, this Australia Day will offer a delightful top of 31°C. Fine weather is expected on Sunday (29°C) and Monday (31°C).

~ Cass Savellis

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