Sitting on the banks of the sprawling 170-hectare Lake Nagambie, the scenic Victorian town of Nagambie is a natural drawcard for grey nomads … and a host of other adventurous travellers.
Located just 90 minutes or so north of Melbourne, Nagambie – which is home to a population of just over 2,000 – boasts a wide main street, historic buildings, superb cafes and restaurants, and a fascinating history.
However, it is the lake, created by the construction of Goulburn Weir in the late 19th-century, that is the star of the show here.
Grassy picnic areas by the lake are right in the town, and of course, there is plenty of opportunity to fish, swim, boat, kayak, birdwatch, take a cruise, or just chill … or take a stroll up to Jacobsons Outlook for expansive views out across the water.
Explorer Thomas Mitchell was the first European in the area when he crossed the Goulburn River near Nagambie, a route that was later to be used by the mail route from Melbourne to Sydney.
The Post Office opened here in 1870, and the railway arrived in 1880. Trains travelling between Melbourne and Shepparton still stop.
For history buffs, there is a museum operated by Nagambie Historical Society which opens on Wednesday mornings and on some weekend days. For grey nomads interested in infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, the grave Issue of his father, John ‘Red’ Kelly, can be found in the Avenel Cemetery.
However, the town’s most famous son or daughter is actually iconic racehorse, Black Caviar, who was born in the area in 2006. The champion mare remained undefeated in all her 25 races, and a life-sized bronze statue of her was erected her in 2013, and is a popular tourist attraction.
Further afield, there are some magnificent wineries in the district including Tahbilk and Mitchelton.
Many travellers also put a trip to Nagambie Brewery and Distillery on their itineraries! Also within striking distance is the old Balaclava Mine near the ghost town of Whroo, and the granite-topped mountains of the Strathbogie Ranges.
There are some good caravan parks in the area, as well as free campsites within easy reach. These include Majors Creek and Reedy Lake, about 15 kilometres south west and north west of Nagambie respectively, and at Greens Campground a little further afield at Whroo.