The Mighty Murray River

The Murray River acts as the border between New South Wales and Victoria.  We love camping on the banks of the Murray River. It’s our go to place for a quick get away.

Morning mist over the river
Morning mist over the river

There are heaps of different places along the banks between Cobram and Yarrawonga and the best bit is they’re all free. Our favourite spot is in the Tocumwal Regional Park, just north of Strathmerton. It’s around a 3 hour drive north of Melbourne which makes it great for a weekend escape. Tocumwal RP is managed by Parks Victoria, however unlike the popular nearby Bahmah National Park dogs are allowed.  There are no facilities though, so you need to be self sufficient.

 

Wildlife

There is always an abundance of bird life on along the river and it’s not uncommon to spot kangaroos in this area. But it’s always really special when we get to camp with koalas as our neighbours.  They are really lazy.  You wouldn’t know they were there apart from the bizarre growling noises they make at night.

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On our last trip up we set up nearby a group of gum trees. Later that day we noticed the quiet ball of grey fur snoozing in fork of the nearest tree. What was even more amazing was the following day when he (or she) shuffled down the trunk, ambled down the road, and then climbed up the next tree. It was only when it climbed the tree that we realized there was a second koala hanging around.

Climbing down
Climbing down
Hits the ground
Hits the ground
Turns around
Turns around
Starts walking
Starts walking
Climbs up next tree
Climbs up next tree
Two koalas
Two koalas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our dog Buster was asleep so didn’t cause a fuss, but to be on the safe side we tied him to the trailer.  Unfortunately we hadn’t taken the camera with us on this particular trip, so only have the photos from our phones.

Buster taking a snooze
Buster taking a nap

 

Resources

SV Maps show camp locations and access tracks along the river and are reasonably priced

Parks Victoria – or call 13 19 63 (within Australia).

There have been times when we’ve cancelled a trip as a phone call revealed that the tracks were closed for maintenance over winter. However once we didn’t check conditions and drove all the way up only to discover that all the campsites on the river were flooded and roads were closed because the river was high. We ended up driving back home again the same day – we were not happy campers!

So take it from us, ALWAYS check park conditions before arrival.

 

Strathmerton

Strathmerton is a small town along the Murray Hwy.  Whenever we go up to the river we always stop in at Strathy. The bakery there does a to-die-for beesting pastry. Unfortunately the quality of coffee they serve has gone down hill in the last few years L Still it’s always good to sit inside in the warm and dry if it’s been a cold wet weekend.

Between the petrol station, pub, newsagency and bakery the basic needs are all covered. (For other supplies the large town of Cobram is only 15 minutes away).

Other facilities the town provides for travellers includes

  • Public toilet block including shower facilities are directly across the road from the shops. We have generally found these to be in good repair and clean condition.
  • Dump point
  • Park with sheltered BBQ’s and picnic benches, courtesy of the local Lions club

One thought on “The Mighty Murray River

  1. […] Quite some time ago, we booked a few days off in November. The idea was to do a mini trip to make sure that the trailer was packed and ready for the impending big trip.  We thought about heading down towards Lakes Entrance area for somewhere different, but in the end it was just easier to head back to our favourite spot on the Murray. […]

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