TOMAKIN epitomises unspoilt beaches and waterways and the surrounding area of Broulee, Mossy Point and Barlings Beach are perfect for a day on the beach, snorkelling, kayaking or fishing.  Take a walk around Broulee Island, or up to Melville Point at Tomakin and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.
 

Tomakin Cove is a protected sandy cove that is a shallow lagoon making it popular with novice snorkellers and kayakers. The cove is part of the greater Broulee Bay and is almost completely surrounded by rocky outcrops and reefs - on its southern side rocky platforms extend out into the bay, while to the north the cove is sheltered by Melville Point.
 

Above the water the rocks at Tomakin Cove are loved for their rambling exploring, while below the water snorkellers commonly see stingray species such as stingarees and eagle rays buried in the seabed floor, as well as schools of small whiting, mullet and baitfish feeding over the sand. On the seaward side of the cove the dense cover of kelps shelter many small fish and garfish are common in the deeper gutters near Melville Point.
 

Tomakin Cove is backed by dense vegetation which hides the houses of Tomakin village. To the south of Tomakin Cove is Tomakin Beach where there are amenities including toilets, wood barbecues and picnic tables.
 

There are two parts to Tomakin, the village and the river. To access the village from Batemans Bay or Moruya, turn off George Bass Drive into Ainslie. This way you can access Melville Point via Ainslie Parade .

FISHING: Tomakin Cove is within a general use zone of the Batemans Marine Park but just north of Melville Point the zoning changes to habitat protection zone, where certain restrictions apply. Check the Batemans Marine Park zoning guide for more information.

 

There are two caravan parks with on-site vans and cabins available. There are other accommodation options including bed and breakfast establishments and holiday cottages for rent.
 

Activities in the area include surfing, swimming, wind surfing, fishing (beach, rock, estuary, ocean) walks, bicycling and kayaking.
 

Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo situated in the nearby picturesque and historic gold mining village of Mogo.  Mogo Zoo is committed to survival of endangered animals and provides  for over 200 animals, of which 42 are rare and exotic species
 

Below are ALL KNOWN eating options in the area

TOMAKIN EATING OUT:

The Riverview Café opens from 10am - offering daily lunches in the bistro or Sunday breakfasts the cafe also offers toasted sandwiches, light meals, coffee, cakes, smoothies and milkshakes and ice cream.The Left Bank Brasserie menu changes constantly specialising in the freshest produce at reasonable prices. Click HERE for the menus. Ph 4474 7000

101 Sunpatch Parade Tomakin,

The Rivermouth General Store is a little coastal cafe with quality gourmet food and great coffee. They are committed to providing you a taste of local produce with a hint of something new. Their staff are super friendly and they are proud of their relaxed cafe vibe that offers a casual dining experience. Open 8 til 3 daily - closed Tuesdays Ph 4471 7272

Tomakin 'Servo'

George Bass Drive, Tomakin

They serve a great range of pizza's (local favourite is the 'Mick's Special') including a new gourmet Pizza range. The chef also has the distinction of having won one of those Best Meat Pie in Australia award. Their steak sandwiches are pretty good. Ph 4471 7698

2152 George Bass Drive, Tomakin

A family fun restaurant that serves fresh, locally sourced food that is consistently delicious. Smokey Dans overlooks Tomakin Golf Course, and is great for a quick bite or a long relaxing meal offering, Dine In or Takeaway . There is a great range of tantalizing meals. Enjoy a beer or two in the Beer Garden, or on the deck.  7:30 to 5:30 each day CLOSED MONDAYS Ph. 4471 5618

31 Pacific Street, Mossy Point

We believe that you will get the best possible product by using fresh quality ingredients. With our food we strive to be seasonal and simple but a little bit different. With our coffee we strive for quality and freshness using local roasters for our house blend and a variety of the best roasters in Australia for our single origin. With our service we aim to be professional and attentive but casual and friendly.  Breakfast or lunch plus dinner on selected Fri & Sat nights. Open 7 days a week from 7.30am – 3pm Ph 44718599

Barlings Beach Holiday Park 1939 George Bass Drive Tomakin

Delicious food and great coffee. Chill out on the shady café deck and take advantage of free WiFi  44715875

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Be sure to look at Our MUST DO and MUST SEE menus above

TOMAKIN TO DOs:

Eurobodalla is a fishing wonderland with land and water options available to suit all ages and all abilities. For tips and location info visit our FISHING page.

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Tomakin River is a fantastic place to explore - and fortunately it is well serviced by local businesses such as Region X who offer rental kayaks and tours. Visit our KAYAKING Page to learn more

Walking around Tomakin is a pleasure. Either via the wide open streets that lead to the rivermouth bar or the beach or back along the creek towards the bridge. Visit our WALKING page for more information of other walks such as nearby Burrewarra Walk in Guerilla Bay. There's lots to explore.

Tomakin has a rich and interesting history. Have a read of "Tomakin: the Undiscovered History" if you are able to track down a copy and then watch the town come alive as you walk it with fresh eyes.

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Below are ALL KNOWN major accommodation providers in the area

TOMAKIN TO STAY:

2152 George Bass Dr, Tomakin

Come and experience the natural wonders of the South Coast coastline at The Moorings Resort.

Just a short 15-minute walk from the resort, you can explore the beautiful beaches of Tomakin and a brief 5-minute drive to the exquisite beaches of Mossy Point and Broulee.

Ph 4471 7500

55 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin

 There are many reasons to stay at Tomaga River, particularly for families who enjoy the traditional, active Australian holiday experience.  Whether you stay in one of the brand new river front cabins, bring your own van, or just pitch a tent, the resort style pool with beach entry, is perfect for children and adults alike.  Play beach volleyball, explore the river or the lagoon on the kayaks, or race around the dirt tracks in the Gokart, Ph 44717235

Old Mossy Point Road Jeremadra

​Enjoying an outlook toward the commanding mountain ranges of Deua National Park, Oaks Ranch and Country Club is a unique country resort featuring 300 acres of magnificent bush land. Our guest rooms all have great views of the countryside across the Ranch and golf course.

The Oaks Ranch & Country Club is 2-3 minute drive to Tomakin  Ph 44717403

1939 George Bass Dr, Tomakin

Barlings Beach Holiday Park, Tomakin is spectacularly situated on 22 acres of beach side land. Just stroll across the dunes to the beach. Perfect for families, there are no roads to cross to get to the beach. The beach is clean and safe and fishing in the area is very popular. Barlings Beach Holiday Park is also situated in close proximity to licensed clubs, shops, lawn bowls, golf, zoo, boat ramp and tennis.  Ph. 4471 7313

Pet Friendly Holidays provide four excellent dog friendly holiday homes on the NSW South Coast. Welcome to
 Sunpatch Cottage @ Tomakin beach. – just a 2 minute stroll to the beautiful Tomakin Beach and river “off leash pet friendly " 24/7.

River Haven Tourist Park

476 Tomakin Rd, Tomakin

The park hosts a resident manager, 74 powered and 30 unpowered sites available for caravans, campers and motorhomes, a swimming pool large sites for RV’s, dogs allowed, separate children’s bathroom, dump station, BBQ area, wheelchair access, games room, children’s playground, sites available for short stay, campers kitchen and more… they have accommodation available to suit all holiday makers;  The park is perfect for families, overnight stays and travellers of all ages. Ph 4471 7381

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Some History 
Below are extracts and pictures from the book “Tomakin  The Undiscovered History” by Mark Young and published by the Tomakin Community Association along with additional historical material. The book can be purchased for $15 by contacting the TCA.

  

Our little village has been variously known as Tommaghan; Tomago; Tomakin; Burry, Burri, Sunpatch and back to Tomakin again across its history. Even its current name of Tomakin has had several suggested origins with rumours that it was named after a local fisherman (Tom Akin) or that it was a shortened form of  the name of a local Aboriginal - Thomas Tinboy, King of Nelligan who spent a great deal of time in the Tomakin area with the early European settlers.

While these have a certain attraction as explanations, it is most likely that the NSW naming board, on changing the name from Tomago in 1880, anglicised the Aboriginal name of Tommaghan which had been given to it by Thomas Florence in the sailing ship Wasp who had been ordered to examine the coast from Port Jackson to the Moruya River in 1828 and name places overlooked by Captain Cook.

 

Other unofficial and tongue in cheek names, largely bestowed upon it by Canberra visitors have included “Dogpatch” after the Li’l Abner American comic strip series by Al Capp - In Capp's own words, Dogpatch was "an average stone-age community nestled in a bleak valley, between two cheap and uninteresting hills somewhere." The inhabitants were mostly lazy hillbillies, who usually wanted nothing to do with progress. It was also referred to as “Flypatch”; “the Village that Time Forgot” and “Sleepy old Tomakin”. These descriptions belie the fact that Tomakin has a very long and important history, playing a major role both pre settlement and in the development and growth of the Eurobodalla, punching way above its weight compared to many of the better known settlements.
 

The area in which our village now sits has a rich tapestry of Aboriginal history and usage, stretching back in time well before the pyramids were built. As European settlement began and grew in the area, Tomakin developed into a vibrant and industrious village having variously had five sawmills, a ship building yard and operating as a very busy port with hundreds of visiting schooners trading across New South Wales, Victoria and even Queensland. The village grew rapidly around these facilities with a Post Office, Church, Schoolhouse, Boarding houses and Racecourse being established. It has also had several farms, dairies, cheese-making facilities and stores of various kinds including a butcher.

Where the well-known Caravan Park now stands there was just a shack, occupied by a very self-sufficient gentleman, Tom Barling. The village was called ‘SUNPATCH’ in the 1960's for a short period of time by the land developers as part of the extensive development  which saw the introduction of streets named after Canberra suburbs. To the north of Tomakin on the grass flats there was  a small airstrip to fly in prospective buyers.

After a couple of decades the name reverted back to Tomakin.

There were two farms in the area, three cheese factories and a steam driven saw mill was located by the riverbank. The local shop, now a busy hub for locals, was originally operated by Alf Stephens and opened just half a day, once a week. There was also a small cemetery at Gravehead, now known as Melville Point lookout.

These days the Tomakin Rivermouth Store opens and is ready to go every day great food and good coffee. The area of Tomakin is much larger than just the village. There are approximately 755 folk living within a 7-kilometre radius of this little village which a great deal to offer the casual visitor also.

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