We walked around to find a good spot and yet not be in anyone's way. A couple of campers who had been there a few days came over for a chat and were happy for us to park where ever. Nicely we ended up parking right by the water in what we thought was the best spot.
I had a walk around the camp and checked out the toilets, which are open 24 hrs. It's next to the tennis courts and a small playground.
There are no sign's when you arrive at the camp but it is on WikiCamps. It is also stated on the Facebook page of Tungamah that the council welcome caravan's.
The pub has an honesty box if you would like to put any money in for the camp site. The pub and its patrons are trying to get the council to put in a dump point.
The Tungamah Pub and the locals
We went to the pub on a Sunday, a few of the locals were at the bar which was good to see. We ordered a VB, as when in Rome 🙂 and we ordered lunch. Fish and chips $15, shepherds pie $16 we sat across the table from Cocky the cockatoo. Funny little character and cute as a button.
On the Monday a few more locals were at the bar and what a great bunch of people, they gave me a few belly laughs. But were apologetic in case they scared us off, not a chance, great people. We were invited back the next night which was nice 🙂
Tungamah lovely Locals
The next afternoon one of the locals from the pub stopped by the van to say hi and have a chat. He too is a caravanner. He gave us some advice on were to go in Shepparton to check out some more solar for our ute.
Another of the locals gave us a tip on were we could have a drive and check out a local Emu farm and take some photos, unfortunately we didn't get a chance to check it out.
At the Tungamah pub that evening we chatted and had a couple of drinks with them both at the bar. They told me Paul the landlord drives in the Variety Club Bash. Two great looking cars sit outside, one I'm sure is the Bat mobile in disguise. It seems he raises money for lots of charities, What a legend!
Not long after going home we heard a car outside the van, this time someone from the pub asking if we had an on-suite or would we like to use his shower as we had been here a few days. There are not words to describe how lovely it was that he asked (although maybe we smell?) 😛
An added mention about the mini library outside the pub, borrow a book and put is back when you have read it. Or maybe you can ask if you can swap a book if you're not staying that long?
Tungamah Pub library
Opposite the Tungamah pub is the Store it sells bits of everything. Also a Museum, it has some awesome history in its large volumes of newspaper articles from why back when. Along with the usual old trinkets and a dress they have other paraphernalia people have lent them.
It was only a gold coin donation but the lady gave us four volumes of the Tungamah Times that the Tungamah and district historical society had put together. They are so cool, they tell story's of the people who used to live in the area and tell the news from the local rags from that era.
one of the many plaques around town
Plaques describing the old buildings
If you stroll down a couple of the streets some buildings have plaques outside with the history of the building or the building that used to be there.
Drives to the local area
20 min away from Tungamah is Yarrawonga. We drove to have coffee and buy some beer's. It's one of those towns that has everything you need. A long strip of shops on both sides of the street with a great coffee shop on one side “Soulediado” sourdough breads and specialty coffee.
I'm a sucker for rustic wooden furniture (well, any rustic wood really) and the tables outside drew me in. When our coffees arrived on a plater I knew we had stopped at the right place. Great coffee and friendly staff!
We also went to Yarrawonga on another day and had coffee and cake at the “Yarra Hotbread” bakery. Again what great staff, the lady making my coffee accidentally put some coco powder on my flat white and brought a small cake out for each of us for the mistake 🙂 Now that's what I call service! The bakery is opposite Woolworths and has a great selection of cakes and pies.
About 45 min away for Tungamah is Shepparton. This large town has all the large chain stores, such as BCF, Target, Bunnings. After the usual coffee and stroll down the street we headed to BCF to check out some new fishing rods.
We really don't know anything about fishing so got one of the assistants to show us what we needed. He was great, after filling him in on what we will probably be using it for e.g. River fishing rather than sea, he gave us some options. We ended up with one rod as I want to see how much we use it before we buy two.
As soon as we got back Larry set it up, grabbed our chairs and a beer and put the line in. we didn't catch anything but just the kookaburras laughing and breeze blowing while we sat was a great memory.
A drive back in to NSW took about 25 min from Tungamah. Going over the bridge we passed a giant inflatable water playground on the Victorian side of the bridge and on the NSW side was a resort style golf course not far from a mini golf course.
We parked by Lake Mulwala and watched jet ski's, jet boats, people fishing and a tourist boat. This area had a dump point, BBQ and large play area.
Katamatite is bout 20 min away from Tungamah is this small town. We only drove through but it had a servo, cafe, post office and pub 🙂
This is a great free camp and town that we would recommend!