On May 15th, after a week’s delay because of rain, we headed off to Finley Beach on the Murray. This delightful camping place is right near Tocumwal only an hour and a half’s drive from Howlong.
It is a free-camp spot in a NSW State Park, and the amazing thing about it is the many koalas living in the trees in and around the river bank and surrounding bushland.
We took out five dogs and had a yard attached to our caravan set up for them. This worked very well as they could come and go from the caravan but could not run free. There was still a warning out for blue-green algae which is toxic so unfortunately we had to keep the dogs away from the river. And of course away from the koalas which seemed to have no fear and could be seen descending from one tree, crossing the sandy ground and climbing up a nearby tree in broad daylight!
We enjoyed many walks through beautiful riverside bushland and it was only a kilometre to walk to Tocumwal along the riverbank too.
There are actually a few bush camps along this area most of them with long-drop toilets as Finley Beach has; albeit a 600 metre walk.
We really enjoyed our four day stay and the dogs did too!