The Big Murray Cod in Tocumwal, New South Wales, is one of the earliest big things anywhere in the country. Installed back in 1968, the cod - or Goodoo, the Aboriginal name for the fish - represents what this area of Australia is most famous for. In 1967, the Women’s Auxiliary of Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture decided that the town needed something to put it on the map. Several of the women held dances, card nights, and more to raise the money to build and install the giant fish.
Made by the Duralite Company in Melbourne, the Big Murray Cod is made of Fiberglass and required an eight-piece mold to get the design right. Inside, the skeleton is made of steel truss and strutting, holding the outer shell in place. The exterior was spray painted and then the small details were added by hand.
Town Beach Camping Area Tocumwal is a great spot by the river with potable water, toilets and cold showers for a budget price. The caretaker is on site to collect fees. Reasonably flat for motorhomes, caravans and tents.
There is plenty of wood for campfires. The river good for splashing around but be careful of the strong undertow.
Town is walking distance for supplies. A Farmers Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of the month on the Anglican Church grounds. The Foreshore Market days are huge but you will have to look up the internet for the dates as they vary and do not follow a certain time of the month. There is also the Rotary Garage Sale and Op Shops on Murray Street.
Tocumwal Foreshore Market has 215 stallholder sites and is situated on the Foreshore of the Murray River in the centre of Tocumwal Township, market starts at 8am until approximately 1pm.
Their market is one of the oldest markets in Australia and was established in 1978, today it is considered a Premium Country Market by visitors and stallholders alike.
They always have many new and exciting products at each market including designer jewellery, ladies fashion clothing, handbags and shoes, fishing and sporting gear, pet supplies, plants and seedlings, fruit and vegetables, tools and equipment, antiques, designer garden sculptures and brush art, handmade glassware, candles and soaps, cosmetics and beauty products, artisan bread, conserves, to mention but a few.
Take a travel back in time. Come and experience the era of the classic cars, trucks, caravans, tractors and a host of other collectables. Set on 1.8 hectares, Chrysties Museum is a life time collection of amazing treasures which will enthral and amaze. From an old logging truck to working vintage cars, farming equipment, classic caravans, and collectables.
The largest collection of cacti in Australia!
Imagine yourself in a desert landscape, surrounded by beautiful cacti and other succulents, on sandy walking trails that take you away to the other side of the world. Spend an afternoon in Mexico, or the Sahara, but actually right here in Australia! Our huge 12-acre garden has thousands of varieties of incredible plants that will leave you astonished at how crazy mother nature can be.
Here at Cactus Country, there are plenty of activities to entertain the whole family. Shoot the best ever photos for your travel album, find your new favourite plant pet to take home with you, and learn all about our incredible cacti. Our café and courtyards are wonderful places to chill out while enjoying an ice cold margarita or Mexican beer - and don’t forget to try our famous cactus cake and cactus ice cream!
Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Club offers two immaculately presented championship courses with excellent greens and gently undulating fairways of wintergreen couch. Each of the Captains and Presidents Courses offers a unique playing experience. With their relative location the holes on both courses can be arranged into four composite courses offering the golfer up to six different course combinations.