Dumbleyung is a friendly farm community found in the Southern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia's Golden Outback.

The name Dumbleyung is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Dambeling’ meaning ‘large lake or sea’. Pioneers arrived in 1875 and established farms out of virgin bush, tolerating a shortage of fresh water, finance, medical supplies and loneliness. Sandalwood cutters and pastoralists began to settle at Nippering, north of Lake Dumbleyung.
By 1915 the post office and hall were the only remaining evidence of the township at Nippering, with Dumbleyung becoming the larger town where the terminus of the Wagin-Dumbleyung railway was located. 

Dumbleyung attractions

Head for Dumbleyung Lake, after good rains it becomes a popular spot for water skiing and family picnics. Lake Dumbleyung received world recognition when Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record on 31 December 1964, travelling at 276.33 miles per hour (444.71km) in his boat ‘Bluebird’. A granite memorial to Donald Campbell can be seen at Pussy Cat Hill, overlooking the lake.

2014 saw the 50th anniversary of the water speed record and the community saw the opportunity to commemorate his achievement, with members raising money to build a replica of Bluebird. The replica is proudly located in the town centre, on Absolon Street, with interpretative signage. Check out the Bluebird Discovery Centre, where visitors can learn more about the water speed record.

Follow the Historical School Trail and explore the one-room school buildings still standing at various locations around the Shire. Or call in at the Dumbleyung Tavern for a cold beer and a chat with the friendly locals. Built in 1911, it provides meals and accommodation. The nearby roadhouse also serves meals. 

Contact the Shire's website www.dumbleyung.wa.gov.au for more information about Dumbleyung.





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