ABC Breakfast Radio interview

This morning’s interview with presenter Matt Dowling regarding my work on tracks and trails promotion in the Strathbogie region. Commences at 43.30minutes.

ABC radio tracks and trails interview

Avenel: Tarcombe Rd – Upton Rd Cycling Loop

Bump & Grind

Mode: Gravel Grinder

Start / Finish location: Jubilee Park, Avenel

Route Map

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 39km

Elevation: 150 – 480m

Topography: Flats through to steep gradients

Surfaces: 25km bitumen / 14km gravel

Description & Features: Quiet roads. Beautiful scenery. Vistas to grazing pasture, rolling hills, cherry orchards, vineyards, forested waterways and granite outcrops. • A steady gravel climb to views across to Mt Wombat from Upton Hill • A winding bitumen return downhill • Avenel Maze is passed on the return leg

Riding conditions: It can be very cold in winter and very hot in summer. Check local weather conditions before leaving.

Options: Choose clockwise or anti clockwise, the 14km of gravel is at the eastern end of Tarcombe Rd

Amenities (Avenel): Car parking BBQ Fuel Shops Seating Parkland Playground Picnic tables Public toilets Potable water Accommodation Historic features Sports Reserves Swimming Pool Railway station

Cautions: Steep climbs Soft shoulders Slippery surfaces Subject to flooding Road surfaces vary Snakes may be active Mobile reception may be unreliable Carry food, water, First Aid, be SunSmart Be equipped for self-reliant riding

Anticlockwise Cues:  Start Jubilee Park car park  Right Ewings Rd  Right Livingstone St  Left Mitchell St  Right Jones St  Cross Hume Fwy  Straight on Tarcome Rd  Left Upton Rd  Right Tarcombe Rd  Cross Hume Fwy  Straight Jones St  Left Mitchell St  Right Anderson St  Left Ewings Rd

Lake Nagambie Walk

Trail Checklist


  • Lake Nagambie Foreshore Walk20191105_pho_LakeNagambie01

Responsible Authorities:

  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Goulburn Murray Water
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Acceptable modes of transit:

  • Walk

Distance & duration

  • 3km return via High St or Lakeside Drive

GPS coordinates & map

36°47’07.8″S 145°09’11.0″E

-36.785508, 145.153068

20191112_pho_LakeNagambieMapGrading (using the Parks Vic Track and Trail Grading Manual):

Grade 2


  • Public toilets
  • Car parking
  • Potable water
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Playgrounds
  • Ornamental gardens
  • Platypus sightings possible under footbridge
  • Picnic areas
  • Seating, tables and automatic bbqs
  • Shelters
  • Boat ramp
  • Water sports
  • Boardwalk
  • Side exercise trail to Blayney Lane


Snakes, slippery surfaces, embankments, falling trees and limbs, deep water


  • No camping
  • Restricted alcohol consumption times

Trailhead sign

  • No

Informational Signs

  • Yes

Directional signs / bollards or trail markers

  • No


This pleasant walk is in current use and offers many amenities to visitors. A feature map brochure, separate to the Nagambie Tourist Map and including the Regatta Centre Walk, would encourage more people to extend their visit beyond just looking over the Lake from High Street.

Honeysuckle Creek Walk

Trail Checklist


Honeysuckle Creek Walk, Violet Town


Responsible Authority:


  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA)


  • Honeysuckle Recreational Environment Project (HREP)
  • Violet Town Action Group (VTAG)

Acceptable modes of transit:

  • Foot and cycle

Distance & duration

  • 3km as a circuit or divided into 1km or 2km loops across bridges

GPS coordinates & map

36°38’01.0″S 145°43’05.8″E

-36.633606, 145.718286


Grading (using the Parks Vic Track and Trail Grading Manual):

  • Grade 2


  • Multiple entry points
  • Easy car parking
  • Open parks and gardens
  • Native plantings
  • Good for bird watching
  • Picnic tables and seating
  • Informational signage
  • 4 Bridges across creek
  • Public toilets in adjacent Recreation Reserve
  • Rubbish bins in adjacent Recreation Reserve
  • Shelter in adjacent Recreation Reserve
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pool and Skate Park in adjacent Recreation Reserve
  • Caravan Park
  • Commercial centre nearby


Snakes, tree and limb falls, flowing water, uneven ground and slippery surfaces


  • No camping
  • No horses
  • No dirt bikes

Trailhead sign

  • Not present

Directional signs / bollards or trail markers

  • Present, but not always and can be unclearBrochure  – HREP brochure available


This is an established, easy, bushy parkland walk with options for longer or shorter loops available. It is currently in frequent use by the public.