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					Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park, Vic, is a redeveloped holiday spot that raises the bar.


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         agambie Lakes Leisure Park is so new,       it’s obvious that someone has had a good, hard          This Top Tourist Park sits between a stretch
         it still has that smell. A combination of   think about what makes a park tick.                  of the Goulburn River and a bank of Lake
         just-laid flooring, drying paint, silicon                                                        Nagambie, both of which have their water
sealant and a solid whack of freshly-turned          WATER FUN                                            level guaranteed by the Goulburn Weir. Many
earth, it’s the van-park equivalent of what          From the flattened remains of a well-aged, very      other lakeside parks are faced with sandy views
car dealers spray in cleaned-up second-hand          tired park, the team at Nagambie Lakes have built    sprinkled with tree skeletons, but Nagambie
vehicles. This is the real thing, though, and        a spacious holiday destination that’s 2km long       Lakes Leisure Park still has plenty of wet stuff for
walking into the gleaming, cool reception area,      and 52 acres vast, with a surprisingly homely air.   paddling away in a kayak, a spot of waterskiing,

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sailing or rowing a regatta, something for which     plasma-screen-studded games room, and a            Opposite: The sun sets over Chinaman’s
the lake is well known. And if you’re travelling     gigantic heated swimming pool with 25m lanes       Bridge. Above: The attractions at Nagambie
with a watercraft, the park has a private boat       and an infinity edge that would be well at home    Lakes Leisure Park include a tennis court,
ramp on the edge of the lake.                        at a tropical resort.                              boat access to Lake Nagambie, a large
   Immediately to the right as you enter the park,                                                      pool with 25m lap lanes, a well-equipped
nearly in line with the boom gates, is a secluded    FACILITIES                                         games room and the Chinaman’s Bridge
section for school groups. Usually they come         On the other side of the drive, the shoreline is   Cafe, which is run by one of Nagambie’s
out here for rowing camps, so they’re out on the     studded with shining, well-spaced cabins with      celebrated restaurateurs.
water all day and come back only to eat              unobstructed views of the Goulburn River. Our
and sleep. What little noise they do make is         cabin had a lime-and-white modern touch to
shielded by two mod-grass tennis courts, a           the decor, with a dark-grey feature wall in the

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     cHiNamaN’s briDge
     caFe
     Cafes at van parks don’t tend
     to attract diners beyond the
     overnighting clientele, but
     Chinaman’s Bridge Cafe at Nagambie
     Lakes Leisure Park does. From near
     and far they come to sit to feast on
     crunchy, full-flavoured pizzas, roast
     chicken and vegetables, pastas and
     risottos, and much more.
     It’s licensed, with a solid selection
     of beer and local wines, and the           bathroom and timber-look flooring. The kitchen       internet and fax facilities are located in the
     coffee’s decent too.                       was fully equipped, the TV was complete with         reception building, in the Chinaman’s Bridge
     For sustenance during a long sunset
                                                DVD player and the corner sofa offered more          Cafe, with essential supplies also sold.
     conversation, the cafe assembles           lounging space than the obligatory two-seater.          Apart from the park itself, there’s the wider
     antipasto and cheese plates. And if        Outside, a covered deck faced the river, and         region to enjoy, with a number of top-notch
     you’re not into anything too fancy,        inside, at the other end of the cabin a master       wineries and gourmet food producers not far
     gourmet pies are served through            bedroom with queen-size bed sat by a second          away, a large handful of national parks for
     lunch and dinner.                          bedroom with a double and fold-down single. All      bushwalking, and all the Ned Kelly-rama you
     Breakfasts are highly recommended,
                                                in all, it was solid and comfortable, even more so   can poke a stick at, starting in nearby Euroa.
     with your full hot brekky as well          with the reverse-cycle air-conditioning.                Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park makes a great
     as healthier, muesli-based options.           All sites are powered, and vanners,               base for whatever it is you want to do, and no
     Prices are all very reasonable, and        motorhomers and fifth wheelers can take              doubt it’ll soon be booked out, year-to-year. n
     given that the folk running the joint      advantage of sweeping views on waterside
     used to have the best restaurant in        stretches of park. A proper dump point is                Nagambie Lakes Leisure
     Nagambie, there’s little reason to         provided for self-contained RVers, although you
     look any further for a night out.
                                                                                                         Park Fast Facts
                                                might prefer to step into the tasteful, spick-
     Chinaman’s Bridge Cafe,                    and-span amenities blocks. Clad in wood and
                                                                                                         Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park is in
     (03) 5794 2100, is in the reception        designed to blend in with the surroundings,              Nagambie, about 120km or an
     building of Nagambie Lakes                 seven blocks are set throughout the park. Full           hour-and-a-quarter north of
     Leisure Park.                              laundry facilities are also featured. A massive          Melbourne via the Hume Freeway
                                                black-and-silver camp kitchen is set towards the         and Goulburn Valley Highway.
                                                back of the park, near the quietest section of
                                                                                                         Visit www.nagambielakespark.com
Clockwise from main: Powered sites are          the property, where tenters can get very close to
                                                                                                         .au for more information, or phone
available along the river; in addition to the   nature indeed, among the spoonbills and other            (03) 5794 2373.
master, our cabin had a second bedroom          waterbirds.
with a double bed and fold-down single; the        The modern world is never too far away, with
covered deck outside the cabin faced the        wireless internet available through most of the
river.                                          park. If you’re without your own computer,

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