My Yearly Visit to Tomakin

I have this gorgeous 12 year old border collie cross named Jack. He was a rescue dog that we gave a forever home to when he was 2 years old. He is one of the most beautiful dogs with the kindest hearts that I have ever met. For the past five years my sister and I (my mum has recently joined us) have been travelling for a day trip from our home in Canberra to Tomakin for a beach day.

Jack on Tomakin Beach
Jack on Tomakin Beach

Tomakin is a little seaside village on the south coast of New South Wales between the major towns of Batemans Bay and Moruya in Australia.

Ready for the car trip
Ready for the car trip

It is about a two and half hour drive down the winding roads to the south coast. We make this trip in January each year(yes it is very very hot) and we really look forward to it.

Selfie!
Selfie!

I don’t know about you guys but we have our traditions when we are road tripping. My sister and I meet at my parents place early in the morning to pick up the dog with his leash. Plus probably a couple of doggy treats to keep him happy.

Tomakin Beach
Tomakin Beach

Jack is a bit of an old man these day but that has not stopped his excitement. Basically the entire way from Canberra to Braidwood (just over an hour of driving) he is whinging with excitement. Braidwood is our halfway stop as they have one of the best bakeries in town. Come at me meat pie!

Jack at Tomakin
Jack at Tomakin

The next half to Tomakin is basically up and down the mountain range so it is really quite slow. Jack is a bit bored by this point and is asleep in the boot by this point. But when we come right down to Tomakin Beach then it is entirely worth it, especially when Jack realises where he is.

Tomakin
Tomakin

Tomakin Beach is stunning and is just so peaceful. This is one of the only dog friendly beaches on the south coast and you really will meet all different types of dogs enjoying their day out.

Tomakin Beach
Tomakin Beach

We spend the entire day lounging around on the beach and soaking up the salt water and sun. There aren’t really many waves so it is quite easy for the dogs to have a paddle out and throw a ball around.

Tomakin
Tomakin

Lunch is another delicious tradition for us. We pack up our gear and drive down the coastal road to Batemans Bay to the same fish and chip shop. Ordering some hot chips and burgers, we have a seat in the shade at the Bay and watch the waves roll in. Coast life is just so different to my everyday life.

Tomakin Beach
Tomakin Beach

The afternoon is spent soaking up the sun and relaxing in the water again. I just love watching Jack have a paddle and enjoying the water. He gets anxious if we go too far out. He tries to come out with us but freaks out when he can’t touch the sand so he circles back to the sand and runs up and down the sand barking at us attempting to get us to come in.

Jack
Jack

We also spend a fair bit of time exploring all of the rock pools on the edge of the beach.  Jack isn’t so great at scrambling over the rocks. He tends to get too much speed up and can’t grip properly on the rocks! The poor puppy.

A bit clumsy!
A bit clumsy!

Our annual trip to Tomakin is one of my favourite road trips of all time. I love seeing how happy Jack is and being able to lounge around on the sand and the water is just bliss.

My Sister and I
My Sister and I

Do you have any annual trips you like to take?

The Rocks
The Rocks
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28 Comments

  • Oana

    October 1, 2016

    This place look amazing and it seems like Jack is enjoying every single second on Tomakin. Happy travels 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Jack really does love his beach trips. It is just so beautiful. Thank you for the comment!

  • Lisa

    October 1, 2016

    That’s so nice that your family is able to go together. Keep up the traditions. Looks like a nice place to kickback and have no worries!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Family is really important to me so we love doing trips like this together. It really is a great place to kickback and relax!

  • Live And Die In Afrika

    October 1, 2016

    Loving the view of the beach… 😉

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Thank you so much!

  • Clare

    October 1, 2016

    It looks like a great beach to visit. Nice you do it yearly with your family. Certainly looks a lot nicer that the beaches near me 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Thank you for the comment! It really is a stunning beach and just so much fun.

  • Amy

    October 1, 2016

    I LOVE that you rescued Jack, and that you take him on such special trips! An annual trip is such a good memory to have, especially with shared with our special people…and four legged family!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Thank you! All of our pets are rescues, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  • Kaylene

    October 2, 2016

    Your dog is such a cutie. Tomakin Beach looks like a really fun spot, I’d love to visit! It look so serene in your photos.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Thank you, he really is a cutie! It is such a beautiful place and I really do count down my days to going there 🙂

  • Nancy

    October 3, 2016

    Makes me so happy to see people save a dog and give it a good home. Jack looks like he is a happy boy and so cute! Would love to visit Tomakin sometime, what a beautiful beach!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Thank you so much! Jack is a really happy dog and he really does love his day trips to the beach. I would really recommend heading out to Tomakin one day!

  • Lara Dunning

    October 3, 2016

    I don’t have any annual trips like that, but I think it’s a great idea. I love dog-friendly beaches and they are now on my radar as we got an Australian Cattle Dog this spring and loves to go to the beach and dig in the sand. Thanks for sharing!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      October 3, 2016

      Thank you for the comment! Well if you ever come down here then I would highly recommend heading out to Tomakin!

  • Natasha

    October 3, 2016

    Looks like such a fun annual trip. Sadly I don’t have a yearly travel ritual like this one, I always find myself drawn to new places.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It is a good trip! There is nothing wrong with being drawn to new places. I also love exploring them 🙂

  • Elisa

    October 3, 2016

    so nice to have such family traditions. I don’t know this part of Australia so thanks for sharing!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you so much. It was nice to have a family tradition!

  • Vyjay

    October 4, 2016

    If you get such an amazing beach and landscape, i would say that is quite an epic road trip. I can very well understand Johny’s excitement of getting outdoors.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It really is the most epic trip and Jack really does love it!

  • Travel Lexx

    October 6, 2016

    Jack looks like he had a lot of fun! Beautiful place and another reason why Australia is such a perfect country for those that love the outdoors!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I could not agree more with that Australia comment. Jack does love his beach trips and I am looking forward to taking him in the next couple of months!

  • Kerri

    October 9, 2016

    I love taking our dogs to the beach. We’ve got a great shack in Northern NSW that we go to. Jack looks incredibly happy here and why wouldn’t he be. Sun, sand and his wonderful family. All a dog needs really (oh and food)

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Kerri! Jack really does love his trips to the beach and his food haha. I am looking forward to taking him again in the next month or so.

  • Miranda

    November 15, 2016

    Good for you that you’re always going back every year, well Tomakin beach was a good catch if you want to swim.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you! I am looking forward to my upcoming trip in the next month or so!

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