A-Z challenge: N for Nagambie
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
N is for Nagambie, a small town in Victoria, situated on the Goulburn Highway, with a population of about 1500. Nagambie is located in the Goulburn Valley, which is considered to be the Food Bowl Centre of Victoria.
Nagambie was established, as it was on the mail route from Melbourne to Sydney. Earlier, explorers had made a river crossing on the Goulburn River and this became part of the mail route.
Originally the main highway to Sydney went right through the centre of Nagambie, but just a few years ago, the town was bypassed when the new freeway was built. This has caused the town seem to be a little more sleepy which benefits tourists. This quieter environment has served Nagambie well, with it’s picnic grounds and Lake Nagambie at it’s heart.
Nagambie is on the shores of Lake Nagambie, an artificial lake which is situated beautifully right in the centre of town. This lake is one of Victoria’s major water sports venues. In recent years, Lake Nagambie has become home to rowing clubs with the Australian Rowing Championships regularly being held there.
There are many activities available to tourists, around Nagamie – either on or off the water. Take a boat trip on the Goulburn River to the various wineries. This is a very popular tourist attraction, with the wine in the area, being very well known. The most well known wineries are the Mitchelton Winery and the historic Tahbilk Winery.
The more adventurous are also catered for with sky diving, four wheel driving, mountain bike riding, Nagambie Speedway and the many usual sports facilities. Quiet roads also allow for peaceful road bike riding.