Tocumwal is located 122km northeast of Echuca just on the New South Wales side of the Victorian state border. The riverside township offers a relaxed tranquil setting on the mighty Murray River where travelling fishermen can get serious trying to hook the elusive Murray Cod.
There is plenty of camping available on the banks of the Murray River. Town Beach on the NSW side of the river has a large open area with some shade. A caretaker is on site and camping fees of $5 per night apply. Fishing permits are required and can be obtained from the supermarket in town. Fishing restrictions apply to the Murray River and its tributaries between Yarrawonga Weir Wall and Tocumwal Road Bridge during September, October and November. No form of fishing is permitted during this time to protect the breeding of Trout Cod. Open fishing season is December to August and fishing equipment is restricted to 2 fishing lines and 1 shrimp trap per person and 5 hoop nets for Murray Crayfish (May to August only).
Across the river on the Victorian side there are many free camps. About 2km south of town is Finley Beach and Mulberry Beach with bush camping on the Murray. This all basic bush camping around here so there are no facilities. Dogs are permitted though.
Apex Beach free camp is also on the Victorian side. Just south of the bridge turn off towards Time-Out Resort, then towards the river where there are plenty of campsites in a pleasant setting right on the Murray River bank. Again there are no facilities and dogs are permitted.
Once you’ve set up camp and all that needs attending to you can sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the river. Throw a line in and do your best to hook up a Murray Cod. Suitable baits to attract these fish are Bardi Grubs, yabbies, lures and flies. The legal size of a Murray Cod is 60cm and the daily bag limit is 2 or only 1 over 100cm. The possession limit is 4 or only 1 over 100cm. If you’re chasing the Murray Crayfish the legal size is 9cm and the daily bag limit is 5 or only 1 over 12cm. The possession limit is 10 or only 1 over 12cm. Suitable crayfish bait is fish heads and chicken carcasses. Other common species caught in the Murray River here are Silver Perch and Golden Perch.
Note that recreational ski boats frequent the area, especially on weekends and school holidays, so the best time for tourists to enjoy fishing on the river here is on weekdays and when school is on.
Camping beside the Murray River is so relaxing and it gives you a break from driving and walking and a good chance to get some fishing in. There are plenty of shady trees and if you’re lucky you might spot one of the local koalas which are common in this area.
The camp sites are only a short drive back to town to pick up supplies or enjoy a meal which is very convenient. The Tocumwal Markets are held near the Big Murray Cod in the town centre on the first Saturday of each month, offering arts, crafts, clothing, giftware, plants and much more.
If bush camping isn’t for you then there are several caravan parks in the Tocumwal area which can accommodate you. Happy fishing on the Murray River, we hope you bring in a big Murray Cod.
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