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Tocumwal Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 33 photos


Tocumwal is located on the NSW side of the Victorian/NSW border, and is close to the Victorian town of Cobram. It is also part of the Berrigan Shire.
Like many other communities along the Murray River, the two towns straddle the river and the border. Tocumwal has a long history in rural industry in the southern Riverina.

The first people here, were the Waradjuri, who lived in the region for more than 40,000 years. The town, which took its name from an Aboriginal word 'Tocumival', meaning 'deep hole' was gazetted as a village in 1862.
The bridge across the Murray River, opened in 1895... this helped consolidate the towns importance, linking it to an easy crossing place.

During the Second World War, Tocumwal's population grew, as American airforce personel based in the town. The RAAF training base was the home of Liberator Bombers, ready to play a part in the defence of Australia. At this time,Tocumwal was home to thousands of American airmen.

In the second half of the 20th century Tocumwal became the centre of the rice-growing industry.
Today, it is the largest producer of rice and rice products in Australia.

Tocumwal is also the town where the Newel Highway begins it's long stretch through NSW. It is a very popular Highway with travellers heading to the interior of NSW, and also those travelling between Victoria and Queensland.
But it is also the preferred route for most heavy vehicles, like semis, and road trains. Although this can be quite heavy at times, it is a good highway, and still my preferred route.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely country town to stop at en route.
  • Cons:Certain times of year, the flies can be a pest..
  • In a nutshell:Nice place to relax, and enjoy The Murray.
  • Last visit to Tocumwal: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 8:46 AM

    Lovely place. I would love to see the Murray, hear the birds and taste the cakes in the bakery there!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2004 at 2:55 AM

    I'm honored to be the very first one to see this new page, Susie dear, great start, excellent page is about to be born keep it up, I'll be back! :-D

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2004 at 5:43 AM

    What a wonderful place. Can't wait to read more. I'll be back.

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2004 at 8:36 PM

    Tis a pretty little place indeed Susie, about 1 hour further in from Corowa & Wahgunyah. We had coffee & cake upstairs at the gr8 bakery overlooking the mighty Murray with a friend who is Principal of Finley P.S. Thanks for showing VTers this place!

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2004 at 8:25 PM

    Interesting new page, Susie I'll be back !

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 6:19 PM

    should be great.....love the Gum tree's, lovely intro pic..I'll be back Susie


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