The Sun Country on the Murray region is famous for its numerous stretches of pristine, sandy Murray River beaches. Beautiful inland beaches are lined with towering gum trees and grass picnic areas, ideal for swimming, fishing, boating and camping. You can even bring your dog to most of the beaches to enjoy the river with you.
Cobram Barooga is a popular holiday destination, with its main attraction being the Mighty Murray River. The river twists and turns through a thick state forest. There are numerous walking trails through the native bushland and wetlands.
You will find access points to over 100 river beaches. Bush tracks lead from the Murray Valley Highway, Goulburn Valley Highway and Tocumwal-Barooga Road, through state forests to picnic and camping areas.
Check the current road and weather conditions, as some beaches may become inaccessible due to high water levels or rain.
Murray River Beach Highlights
A few minutes' drive from the centre of town, Thompson's Beach is located in an idyllic setting and is a lovely spot to soak up the tranquility of the Murray River.
Shaded by the magnificent, towering river red gums and floodlit in the evenings, it is the perfect spot to relax or for a family get-together.
The locals claim that Thompson's Beach is the largest inland beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
Dead River Beach
Dead River Beach has an extended beach backed by a green grassed level bank shaded by stands of immature River Red Gums.
It continues around into an old
horseshoe bend, which the river now bypasses (the land to the west, on the new south bank of the Murray, is in NSW). Surrounded by River Red Gum flood plain forest. Prolific bird life, some cattle grazing.
Dead River Beach is just to the north-‐west of town along a track off Racecourse Road. non flush toilets are provided. There are picnic areas to the north at Big Tom's and Little Tom's Beaches (access via Wondah Street).
Just a few kilometres to the south-east of Cobram is Scotts Beach, which has a large and popular camping and day visitors area.
On the way to Scotts Beach down River Rd, stop off at the Quinn Island wetlands, a nesting area for waterbirds that’s accessed by a footbridge.
Big Toms Beach
Big Toms Beach has an expansive 300m beach and plenty of flat, grassed areas.The low entry into the water here makes launching a rubberdingy or canoe really easy. The campground is an easy 15-‐20 minute walk into town. Access for Big Toms and neighbouring Little Toms Beach is via Wondah Street. Follow the track further west along the river to reach Dead End Beach campground.
Forges No. 1 & 2
Halfway between Cobram and Yarrawonga you will find the access to Forges No.1. This beach is one of the most popular sandy beaches on the Murray. Grassy banks make this an enjoyable place to visit.
Forges Bend gets busy over summer and public holidays. At other times of the year you can have the entire beach to yourself. Forges No. 2 beach is popular with motorhome owners and fisherman.
Two wheel drive access is possible to Forges No. 1 beach. However the access can become slippery after rain and has limited access during the wetter months.
Forges No. 2 beach has good access most of the year but is closed regularly during periods of high water over winter.
Non-flush toilets and shared picnic tables are provided at this basic bush campground.