Well, hello there. Welcome to Nagambie, a little over an hour outside of Melbourne. Whether you’re thinking of joining us for the day, planning a weekend away or contemplating a tree change, you’ll love it here. For the newbies among you, we’ve come up with just a few suggestions so you can make the most of your time here.
1. Lake Nagambie
You’d never know it, but our lake wasn’t always here. It was formed in 1891 when the Goulburn River was dammed and now it’s an epic spot, whether you’re keen on throwing in a fishing line, getting on your water skis or simply staring out at the splendour. When the weather’s good you can even take a dip. Up for a bit of exercise? There’s a walking trail that goes right across the Goulburn Weir, which forms Lake Nagambie.
2. Goulburn River
This mighty waterway, part of the Murray–Darling basin, starts high in the Victorian Alps. It’s a major source of water for irrigation in these parts, but it’s also rather popular with recreational boaters. You can hire a canoe or tinnie and do a bit of exploring, watching out for the abundant birds and wildlife on the banks. In October each year, the river hosts the Head of the Goulburn Regatta, which sees rowers race from Chinamans Bridge to Tahbilk Winery.
3. Mitchelton Winery
Oh, what a beauty. This property, just a little way south along the Goulburn River, has sweeping vineyards all the way down to the water. Stop by the cellar door to taste its wine – the award-winning shiraz and riesling are must-tastes – have lunch at Muse Restaurant, and spend some time browsing the Gallery of Aboriginal Art.
You know what? Nagambie is just a beautiful spot. Go for a wander down the main street, check out the statue of Black Caviar (the champion racehorse was born here) and, of course, enjoy the beautiful waterways. If you’ve ever thought you wouldn’t mind kayaking or canoeing, this is the place to do it. Those who enjoy a walk should head to the Tahbilk Wetlands and Wildlife Reserve – a boardwalk weaves through it and there are bird hides along the way if you want to check out some of the native species. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, tuck into some of the amazing local produce and wine. You deserve it, after all.
5. Mitchelton Hotel
There’s so much to see and do here and, well, it’s just so relaxing, you might want to stay for a day or two. There’s no place quite like this contemporary hotel, part of the Michelton estate. There are 58 luxury suites, as well as a sparkling pool and day spa. Designed by Hecker Guthrie, every detail has been attended to, offering guests a beautiful sanctuary.