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Tocumwal Beaches
River Murray at Tocumwal, New South Wales


 
A lot of towns along the River Murray have their own swimming beach, but one town has 25 of them. The area upstream and downstream of Tocumwal (i.e. the reach roughly from Cobram-Barooga to Ulupna) has a beach on almost every bend of the river. These include the town beach (details featured to the right), pebbly beach, grassy beach, top end beach and bottom beach, to name a few. You could easily spend a fortnight here visiting a different beach every morning and every afternoon. A map from the visitor centre in Deniliquin Street has all of the beaches marked. swimming in the River Murray at Tocumwal Town Beach Above: The view along Town Beach at Tocumwal

The easiest to access and probably the largest single stretch of sand is Town Beach, located a few hundred metres upstream of the Deniliquin town centre. The beach here is several hundred metres long and around 30 metres wide, with a gentle slope and soft sand entry into the water. The whole town could turn out and still not be able to take up all of the sand with their towels, that is how big it is.
There is a small camping ground here as well with very basic toilet and shower facilities. RVs are welcome. Diagonally across the river you can see one of the other 24 beaches glistening in the sun, beckoning you to explore further upstream and downstream.

The current in the River Murray is very strong and people regularly drown in it. For even experienced swimmers, this river commands respect. Never swim outside of your comfort zone or you will end up getting washed away to South Australia. Like a rip at the beach, if you get into trouble, swim across the current, not against it.

The River Murray is mostly an irrigation channel and runs bankfull in many places during spring and early summer. The best time to swim is in late summer or early autumn when submerged beaches re-appear and the current is less swift.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Town Beach Rd, Tocumwal, New South Wales
Latitude:-35.818356 Longitude:145.559620
Getting there: From the information centre in Tocumwal, head through the car park and follow the unsealed road along the river. You can also access this road from Hennessy Street. 2WD cars ok. Tocumwal is at the junction of the Newell Hwy and the Goulburn Valley Hwy, 700 km south west of Sydney and 270 km north of Melbourne.
Facilities: Car parking, toilets, showers, campground, bins
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Sand
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: Constructed camp fire must have a clear area of 3 metres. Dogs permitted.
Sun shade: Limited to no shade available on the beach
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Can drive to the beach but need to cross the sand to reach the water
Accommodation Options: You can camp at the self-described "primitive camping area" at Town Beach by ringing the caretaker. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area and don't want to camp, you can try accommodation in Tocumwal.
Managing authority: Berrigan Shire Council
Nearby attractions: The giant Murray Cod on Deniliquin Rd in town
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information. Specific to this site, the managing authority posted numerous general warnings on site, including pedestrians using the road, falling branches, uneven ground, native wildlife, submerged objects, broken glass, unpatrolled swimming area, deep water, shallow water, power craft (jet skis) operating, and strong current.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the town beach.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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