Tomakin a top spot
  |  First Published: September 2013

I have travelled and fished our coast from the Queensland boarder to Victoria for the past 67 years and finished settling at the quiet coastal village of Tomakin.

This small village began life known by Canberrans as Sun Patch, inheriting slang names such as Dog Patch and Rabbit Patch before finally becoming Tomakin Village.

The river that divides Tomakin from sister villages Mossy Point to the north and Broulee southward is the Tomaga River, upon which sits the caravan park that bears its name.

This river offers some wonderful bream, blackfish, whiting and dusky flathead fishing from a boat or off the bank, and it also has one of the safest river entrances on the South Coast.

Fishing from small boats in the bay is relatively safe, but the area also offers great offshore bottom fishing and game fishing for larger boats.

One of the best lookouts on the South Coast takes in pleasant beaches and sheltered anchorages, and whale watching from this point is very hard to beat.

There are sheltered spots for family outings with very protected safe waters for children to swim.

The foresight of several early residents produced the wonderful riverside Tomakin Sports and Social Club with heaps of activities for locals and visiting families.

The increasingly famous Tomakin Mighty Bonanza is a fantastic introduction for fishing families to this quiet village and I recommend the relaxed competition and fellowship it provides.

The turnoff at Mogo Village on the Princes Highway will take you directly to Tomakin. Many people drive by these roads, little knowing just what is available a little off the beaten track.

The area supports a magnificent zoo, shopping facilities and plenty of water access. I moved here on retirement 25 years ago and see no reason the leave or seek holidays elsewhere. Anywhere in the village is only 5-8 minutes’ walk from beach, rock and river frontage. – Neville Aurousseau

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