Located just over 90 minutes from downtown Melbourne, either by car or rail, Nagambie is quickly growing its reputation as a great place to live and a wonderful place for those with young families looking to settle down and find their first home.
Located in the Strathbogie Shire of Victoria, Nagambie is a region of wine, waterways, wetlands, wildlife, and the great outdoors. This sleepy town is home to around 2,000 people, however, it is a region that is growing in popularity thanks to the wide range of things to do in the area and surrounding towns including Murchison, Seymour, Avenel, Longwood, and Shepparton.
If you are a fan of water sports, Nagambie is a great place to base yourself. Lake Nagambie sits at the heart of the community and is host to many water-based activities, most notably rowing. The whole town revolves around the lake and as well as playing host to a wide range of water-based activities, the lake is also home to a diverse range of wildlife.
What makes Nagambie a great place to live?
One of the biggest drawcards of Nagambie is the cost of living here. Compared to other regions in Victoria, house prices are affordable and appreciating in value, making it a great place to invest.
With many properties enjoying views over the lake, and with 88% of the population living in stand-alone properties, there is a sense of space here and a great community spirit that is ideal for young families.
Another contributing factor to its appeal is the proximity to Melbourne. Commuters can hop on a train and be in the city in 90 minutes. With many roles now offering a hybrid model that allows a certain number of days working from home, the opportunity to work on the train commute to the city also provides flexibility for those looking to escape the big city.
By car, it’s just over 90 minutes to the heart of Melbourne making it a good option if you still enjoy watching live sport or a show.
In addition, there is good access to healthcare services in Nagambie, with a private hospital located on the shores of the lake and other medical services all within easy driving distance. There is a public hospital located in Seymour, just a short 20-minute drive away and the Shepparton Hospital has an Emergency Department and is located just 45 minutes away.
In terms of education, there are a number of options in and around Nagambie up to primary school age. As kids progress to secondary school, there are a couple of options within close driving distance – Seymour College and Euroa College.
Things to do in Nagambie
Nagambie is a great place to live, but also a great place to spend a few days exploring the local area if you fancy a break from the big city. There are lots of places to stay in town, including B&Bs, hotels, motels, and apartments. The town was formed in 1891 and everything was built around the shores of Lake Nagambie.
There are lots of things to do in the region no matter what you are into. A popular weekend getaway for people looking for a romantic trip, the eco-trail and wine tasting in the region is very popular.
Experience the history, the beauty and the serenity of the Goulburn Valley at your own pace – looking over the vineyards from the iconic tower, staying at their new hotel, relaxing by the pool, recharging in the day spa, exploring the seasonal menu at The Muse, stopping by The Provedore, touring their cellars and, of course, tasting their signature wines.
Along with wine tasting, the eco-trail in Nagambie is one of the most popular things for visitors and locals alike. A natural and quiet environment for you to enjoy a walk by the sound of birds chirping, the eco-trail can be both a romantic and relaxing experience being the perfect getaway from the stress of modern life and a moment to appreciate the sounds of nature.
Swimming in Lake Nagambie is one of the best activities, especially in the summer months. The lake is an extremely safe environment for young kids learning to swim and the summer months will resound to the laughs and splashes of kids (young and old) swimming in Lake Nagambie.
Of course, swimming is not the only activity on the lake and sailing and rowing are also extremely popular, especially among locals. The mornings tend to be the busiest time on the water and there is a real sense of community.
Like most towns in Australia, Nagambie is home to a golf course and this is another central hub for residents of the town. The course is community-run and is a great challenge for visiting golfers. The clubhouse is also a focal point of the community with many events held there including birthdays and other celebrations.
When the members are not out playing, they can often be found cheering on home-grown Victorian players on the PGA tour including Marc Leishman. Leishman will be hoping to build on his T6 finish at the Open Championship in 2017 when the Open returns to St Andrews in 2022 for the 150th edition. Leishman is 51.00 with Betway Sports to lift the Claret Jug this year behind fellow countrymen Cam Smith and Adam Scott.
One of the best ways to visit the wineries is by boat. Nagambie offers a river cruising experience that starts at Mitchelton and ends at Tahbilk. The town’s famous river is Goulburn, and the name of the tour is Goulburn Explorer River Cruiser. It is an excellent opportunity to check Nagambie waterways closely, enjoy the scenic views, and share a bottle of Marsanne or two with friends and family.
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