Nagambie is an aboriginal word meaning ‘place by the water’. And it lives up to its name, with a wide range of water-based activities including skiing, fishing, cruising and general sightseeing.
Nagambie is a man-made lake, created by the Goulburn Weir in 1991. The lake is well known as a haven for rowers, with a 2km, fully-buoyed, National Standard rowing and canoeing course. It’s famous for its ‘Head of the River’ rowing regatta. From the lake you can take a boat trip between Mitchelton and the historic Tahbilk wineries.
Boaties share the waterway with the abundant birdlife that inhabits the lake and wetlands. Swans, pelicans, ducks and brolgas will fill your viewfinders, and aroundevery river bend you’ll find a new species. Off the water, visit cellar doors, historic bridges and shop for little treasures in many of the quaint country towns nearby.
“I LIVE HERE”
Wally Cubbin has been a local resident of Nagambie for 40 years. A keen angler, he’s watched the fishing fortunes of his town rise and fall – and rise again. He’s very proud of the fishery, claiming it’s now up there with places like Lake Mulwala. From 2008 to 2014, over a million Murray cod and golden perch were released into the lake. Fish are best caught on a slow troll with Stump Jumpers. Casting to structure with spinner baits can produce some big cod. Wally believes the bigger the spinner-bait, the better. “The deeper you go, the bigger the fish”, he proclaims. Wally loves nothing more than drifting along the river and lake, and he reckons Nagambie seems to have a different persona every day, so thriving with life is it.