Where Is Tocumwal?
Tocumwal is a unique Australian country town located right on the Murray River, on the border of Victoria and New South Wales.
Named after the indigenous word ‘Tocumival’, describing the revered waterhole in the region, Tocumwal is a very interesting place to visit, landmarked with historic buildings and a rich history.
The town has many attractions, including camping by the river and world-class sporting venues. Tocumwal NSW has a population of about 2500 people and is growing rapidly.
Tocumwal has plenty of riverside beaches, swimming, boating and fishing areas. The Tocumwal Foreshore Park has a playground, picnic and toilet facilities, as well as views of both bridges which link New South Wales to Victoria. This is where you’ll see the iconic Big Murray Cod sculpture!
Many people camp along the Murray River in Tocumwal and visit the area to attend festivals and experience the history of the small town.
Tocumwal is seven hours by car from Sydney, three hours from Melbourne.
The Murray River
The beaches along the river in the Tocumwal NSW region are perfect for swimming and taking in the iconic Murray River.
The Murray River is the longest river in Australia. At 2,508 kilometers long, the river spans the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. ‘The Murray’ is the third longest river on earth, after the Amazon and the Nile.
The Yorta Yorta people lived in the Tocumwal area for thousands of years, before the English possessed all the land in the area from close to Deniliquin to Mulwala. Patrick Hennessy bought a lot of land and settled on the Murray in 1840.
A regular crossing place had been established somewhere in the vicinity of Tocumwal at the beginning of the 1850s. It is believed that Edward Hillson built several buildings there at this time, including The Tocumwal Hotel.
There are a variety of spots to camp in Tocumwal, mostly along the Murray River.
Tocumwal Beach Camping Ground is a popular spot for campers on ‘The Murray’. This camping ground has a large sandy beach, where you can pitch your tent, park your caravan or motorhome. The amenities building includes toilets and showers.
For the convenience of visiting caravanners and motorhomers, there is a dump point on site. There are no powered sites at the camping ground and access is only by gravel road.
The best time to visit Tocumwal is during the months of December through February. The weather is perfect this time of year in Tocumwal and it’s warm enough to enjoy the outdoors without being too hot or too cold. During this period, temperatures average between 34.7°C (94.5°F) and 28.8°C (83.8°F). It only rains or snows about 3-4 times per month on average.
There are many options when choosing a place to stay in Tocumwal. From riverside camping to Airbnb, some of these below will set you on your way.
Murray River Camping
Tocumwal Beach Camping Ground
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Tocumwal Golf And Bowls Club
The Tocumwal Golf Club is open in any kind of weather and consists of two award winning courses. Both the Captains and Presidents courses are able to be ammended into four courses offering up to six different combinations.
Touted as the number 1 winter golf destination for Victorians, there are plenty of packages on offer and tournaments to keep an eye out for.
The club also offer social bowling and events while set amongst the picturesque views of Tocumwal.
Tocumwal Aviation Museum
The Tocumwal Aviation Museum is the place to learn the unique aviation history and heritage of Tocumwal.
The Museum focuses on Tocumwals contribution to the war, and combines historical images and films with informative plaques, memorabilia and artifacts, including exhibition halls, thematic exhibitions, cinemas and memorials.
This blowhole admittedly doesn’t look as impressive at first. While the Tocumwal Blowhole doesn’t spray water, it’s known for expressing water like filling up a ditch.
The local Ulupna and Bangaragn people believe that the blowhole is connected to the Murray River by an underground stream.
Touted as sacred, the blowhole flows and creates air bubbles when the Murray River is low. It is believed to have a life of its own. The blowhole is located on a granite outcrop approximately 11 kilometers north of Tocumwal.
Map Of Tocumwal
Tocumwal NSW is well worth a visit if you love interesting small towns and Australian history. The pretty area is unique and charming and one of the best spots to visit and stay along the Murray River.
Let me know if Tocumwal NSW is on your Australia bucket list!