Another of those "big" sights that are found all around Australia.
I rather like this one. Tocumwal is known for good fishing, and does hold an annual competition here, so what better than to have , but a 21 feet long and 7 feet high and 5 feet across, Murray Cod, that weighs in at 450 pounds. The Murray Cod is a big fish in real life.
It has become a real 'icon' of the town, and has put Tocumwal on the map, just as the Ladies of the Auxillary had hoped it would do. How clever were they!
The "Big Fish" can be found in the Foreshore park, quite close to the Tourist Information centre.
Located in the Foreshore park is the Tocumwal visitor centre, run by friendly volunteers with a wealth of helpful information. They can help with train tickets, accommodation and general information.
Local produce, souvenirs and gifts and a Regional Sample Bag containing regional information and brochures of places of interest are all available at the centre.
In the same building are the free public toilets.
All along the foreshore, is lovely green lawn, with plenty of shelters with tables & chairs. BBQ's are along here, and there is plenty of car parking. What a pleasant area it is, and it was being used by quite a few people at the time I was there. This is located on the side of the River Levee bank. On the top of the bank, is a walking trail, and then on the other side of the bank is the River.
In the main street [Deniliquin street], is the Historic Aerodrome Museum, documenting the history of and the importance of Mcintyre Airfield in Tocumwal, and also post war operations when over 700 aircraft were scrapped for aluminium. Stories, maps, photos, news articles and scale models.
OPEN....Monday-Friday 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am to 2pm
Open all Public Holidays except Christmas Day
There are plenty of these, so stop the car, and go for the short walk along the flat paved street.
Most of the buildings are located in Deniliquin road.
This small country town still has the old shop fronts, just how they were years ago.
I found an antique shop, some beautiful old homes, Banks, more than one Hotel, and just really nice old buildings.
It is worth stopping and doing the walk at Tocumwal.
In the Riverside park at Tocumwal, was a Glider on display. I wondered why, then I read, since 1976, Tocumwal has welcomed Glider pilots from around the world who want to experience some of the best gliding conditions in the world. Competitions are held here.
During the Second World War, the town was the site of Royal Australian Air Force Station Tocumwal, which was a major Royal Australian Air Force training airfield and aircraft depot, now it is a renowned gliding site.
The Glider was donated to the people of Tocumwal by Riley Aeronautics after Ingo Renner won his World Championship in it.
Summer days are long and ideal for gliding. The average tourist can go gliding here! Imagine gently soaring in the sky above - at one with the birds. You don't have to be a glider pilot to enjoy soaring. There are a few companies that offer flights.
To give you an idea of prices, this is what SportAviation charges.
Single Flight - $180.00 up to a 30 minute flight.
DUO - Two Flights - $340.00 up to 30 minutes each flight. Can be taken by same or different passenger.
TRIO - Three Flights - $495.00 up to 30 minutes each flight. Can be taken by same or different passenger.
In the early 1850s a regular crossing place had been established somewhere in the vicinity of the town and it is thought the first buildings were built in or near the present town site about 1857 or 1858.
As usual, a Hotel.....the Tocumwal Hotel , was one of the first buildings to be built.
When built in 1861, it had what was called the Horse Works to pump water, and was situated near the river. It was a large circular frame that the draught horse was harnessed to and the horse walked in circles turning the frame that pumped the water through the pipes to the hotel.
It was a regular stopping point for Cobb & Co. coaches and the paddle steamers which traded along the Murray River.
Today, a Motel section has been added to the Hotel, so it is modern traveller's that now stop at the Hotel for an overnight stop or longer.
Located on Anzac Parade, is the War Memorial.
Set in a very nice setting, the Memorial commemorating the lives of Australia soldiers lost in the World Wars. On display in a fenced yard, are two anti-aircraft guns, so no climbing over by children!
When travelling around areas where you have to cross the River Murray, you will notice the massive Bridges.
One of these is at Tocumwal. The Tocumwal bridge was opened in 1895, has three spans, the centre one having an opening lift span for navigation. By 1930 river traffic declined, and so by 1944 the monthly lifting was altered to yearly. The last lift for river traffic was in 1933.
The Bridges on the Murray were built like this because of all the Paddlesteamers travelling along the River in the 1800's and early 1900's. Initially, it was built just for road traffic, then in 1908, it was strengthened for rail traffic, and was used for both road and rail traffic until 1987.
It now is being looked after as a piece of our Australian history and we cross the River Murray via a concrete Bridge.
If you don't enjoy saltwater in your eyes at the Ocean Beach, then why not come to Tocumwal where there are 25 beautiful sandy beaches, and the fresh water of the River Murray.
This serene area is available for bush camping, and has proper camping bays, Toilets and Cold showers. These are better than nothing, and are not worth doing up, as in winter these are covered by flood waters.There are 60 sites, site fees are payable to caretaker (on site) as well as tourist Information Centre in the main street.
The Murray River would have to be the biggest drawcard here.. It is one of Australia's most beautiful regions, especially if you are drawn to the bush, and nature.