Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Great Places To Visit - Tocumwal N.S.W. - Australia.

The sweet little town of Tocumwal is nestled on the Murray River on the N.S.W. border, with Victoria on the other side of the river. A quaint little border town, with great little Cafes to eat at, a lovely foreshoe with "Big Murray" the fibreglass murraycod lazing by the water and wonderful Farmers Markets full of beautiful fresh, locally grown produce.  This weekend when we visited (which we do as often as we can, as we have a holiday home there) we attended the small but well stocked Farmers Market.  As the weather warms up, so will the number of stalls at this market. It was small this weekend, but the produce was amazing.
If you are looking for a relaxing few days away from "the big smoke" Toc (as it is know by the locals) is a place well worth your consideration. If you are a keen fisherman or golfer, than you should most certainly consider it. Toc has a very good golf course and is only a 15minute drive to the Cobram/Barooga Golf Club which is highly regarded and has a good "Sportsman" Club with meals etc.  Toc also has a Golf Club which serves good meals.
If you don't want to go to the Golf Club to eat there are a number of pubs to pick from in the town as well as 2 bakeries and an assortment of Cafes.  You won't go hungry!

A little history for you.  I grew up in Tocumwal and my father was a keen fisherman when he was younger. He's now 83. I do have a couple of his fishing photos from when he was in his 40's that I thought I would share with you.  It would be very rare these days to catch a Murray Cod this size anywhere! You'll have to forgive the quality of the photo, it's very old.

I think this Cod weighed in around 75Lbs.

Being a keen fisherman, dad also had a great sense of humor as this Fisherman's Crying Towel shows. The fish on it are red fin, which I don't think you will see anywhere in the Murray now.

Dad always had a great wood heap as all our heating and cooking was done on combustion stoves, and wood heaters. This is a photo of his wood heap taken about 20 years ago with his grandson (our son) posing with him as a small child.

Then there is the beauty and tranquility of the Murray River itself. I never get tired of spending time on it's banks listening to the birds, and watching the ever changing beauty in front of me as the day progresses. Love it.

And last, but not least.  "Big Murray", the fibreglass murray cod who lazes on the foreshore.  This photo was taken about 10  or so years ago.  If you go and visit "Big Murray" now, you will find he looks vastly different!  Check him out for yourself and compare his "make-over".  It certainly put some life back in the "old boy". Oh and he doesn't bite!

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