Cobram landmark in the running for state-wide search for readers' favourite tourism attraction.TONI BRIENT April 22, 2014 3:01am
Place to be: Thompsons Beach, Cobram, has been nominated in a statewide competition to celebrate regional Victoria.
It’s Australia’s biggest inland beach and a major tourist attraction for the region, but Thompsons Beach is attracting even more attention after being named in the Fairfax Media and Tourism Victoria ‘Our Patch’ competition.
Readers of The Age newspaper are being encouraged to enter the competition, which is billed as a celebration of regional Victoria, by sharing their favourite experiences across the state.
In Saturday’s newspaper, reader Karen Corbett named the Cobram beach as her favourite.
The Eltham woman said it was a ‘‘relaxing, beautiful destination’’, highlighting the ‘‘majestic river red gums’’ in the area.
Cobram Barooga Visitor Information Centre visitor services operator Chris Crawford said the spot rose to fame as the home of the late Peaches and Cream Festival.
‘‘We still get people ringing up asking when it’s going to be on,’’ Ms Crawford said.
‘‘Back in the day when it started, about 35 years ago, it was the only festival of its kind.
‘‘Now there are a dime a dozen — Big Day Out and every other festival — but back in the day, that was thought of something unique to have on a beach like Thompsons Beach.’’
Ms Crawford said other events, including Music on the Murray and Tango on Thompsons, were well-attended.
She highlighted this weekend’s Easter River Beaches Festival as another popular Thompsons Beach event.
‘‘It’s a nice feeling to go down there, sit under the trees on a balmy evening; to drink, eat, and enjoy the ambience,’’ she said.
Ms Crawford said Thompsons Beach was a perfect spot for visitors to take in the river scenery.
‘‘It’s so accessible to anybody — you don’t need a four-wheel drive to get there,’’ she said.
‘‘From the visitor information centre, for people looking at seeing river beaches, it’s an easy one to send people down to.
‘‘There’s the free barbecues, rotundas and toilets, and it’s a great spot for families.’’
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