Monday, January 3, 2011

The Great Victorian Bike Ride - Day 5

Day 5 - Rest day at Nagambie.

It was so nice to be able to have a sleep in instead of the just after dawn rising.

It was a lovely day despite raining all night. Lots of activities were planned to make the most of our rest day. The girls in our group decided we would go on the winery shuttle bus and then into Nagambie for the market. The boys being boys decided to go into Nagambie and explore the idea of a pub counter meal.

Nagamabie is a very pretty place and Lake Nagambie is one of the highlights. The shuttle bus took us up pretty country road, although we had to make a couple of detours because the rain made some roads impassable.

We arrived firstly at Chateau Tahbilk. What a gorgeous winery it is. The winery has been in the Purbrick family for 150years. The history and the beautiful old buildings are a site to behold, and we could have spent a lot longer there than we did. It is right on the banks of the Goulburn River, and incorporates a magnificent wetland and wildlife reserve and a cafe. Of course we couldn't leave without a few tastings and the three of us declared they were a good drop.

Next winery was the Mitchelton winery which was the venue for the Shannon Noll concert this evening. It was beautiful too but completely different from Chateau Tahbilk. Of course another couple of tasting we had to have.

The shuttle bus delivered us back to the Nagambie township where we browsed in the market and shops in the main street before heading back to the campsite .

It was a great day, enjoyed by the boys as well and we were all well rested for the next days ride.

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