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.
Above: The view along Town Beach at Tocumwal
(Order this image)
The easiest to access and probably the largest single stretch of sand is Town Beach, located a few hundred metres
upstream of the Tocumwal 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.
Other Information Before You Go:
Town Beach Rd, Tocumwal, New South Wales
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.
Car parking, toilets, showers, campground, bins
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
Constructed camp fire must have a clear area of 3 metres. Dogs permitted.
Limited to no shade available on the beach
Can drive to the beach but need to cross the sand to reach the water
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
Berrigan Shire Council
The giant Murray Cod on Deniliquin Rd in town
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. 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.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the town beach.
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