Visit Tintaldra, on the Murray River in Victoria

In Tintaldra, you’ll come across a big Murray Cod, the Murray River, pub curry nights and living history at the Tintaldra Store. 

This slice of history is available for sale. Tintaldra Store dates back to 1864 and was made from river red gum and stringy bark. We chatted to Robin, who told us about her mum, Betty Walton, and her love of teapots and bush poetry.

“Mum bought a pub licence when the other pub closed years back. She used to do stew and damper dinners for travellers and loved to have a yarn with them.” 

Betty owned the store for almost half a century, there is so much history and memorabilia there. I loved the teapots, and royal canisters! Robin said that all will go with the sale.

Robin showed us their views

You can take your devonshire teas out to the back, to a sheltered picnic table looking over the Murray River and the Snowy Mountains. The guesthouse next door was her mum’s home. 

The store brings opportunities for those wanting a tree change, said Robin, “Mum bought a pub licence when the hotel closed, years back.” As well as the post office for town, she takes group bookings and serves up tea, scones and drinks.

The pub (established 1870) opposite has a curry night – and it is popular, regularly serving up 100 meals each time. I wish I’d known about that as we travelled the Upper Murray route! The last one was slow cooked beef massaman, vegetable aloo matar and Jo’s butter chicken – all made from scratch! They are served with a pineapple raita, basmati and naan! So Tintaldra Hotel is on my list for next time. The pizza and parmi night look good, too.

You can camp just around the corner at Clear Water Upper Murray Caravan Park, also opposite the Murray – where you can check out the magnificent Murry Cod sculpture (one of many sculptures on “The Great River Road”. Pet friendly and budget priced, the caravan park has cabins and canoes for hire. 

I’ll also have to come back to visit Burrowa – Pine Mountain National Park. Pine Mountain is said to be bigger than Uluru! This site is great for bushwalkers but note there are currently some track closures. We list campsites here, too.

We loved this region of Victoria, there are beautiful lookouts, free camps and views everywhere of the Mighty Murray! Stop in and say hello when you are there – hopefully there will be a new owner, starting their own stories with the Tintaldra Store. 

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