Dumbleyung, Western Australia

Dumbleyung, Western Australia
Western Australia
Dumbleyung is located in Western Australia
Population: 223[1]
Established: 1907
Postcode: 6350
  • 267 km (166 mi) from Perth
  • 39 km (24 mi) from Wagin
LGA: Shire of Dumbleyung
State District: Wagin
Federal Division: O'Connor

Coordinates: 33°18′54″S 117°44′17″E / 33.315°S 117.738°E / -33.315; 117.738

Dumbleyung is a town and shire in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 267 kilometres (166 mi) south-east of Perth between Wagin and Lake Grace on State Route 107.



Dumbleyung's name is of Aboriginal origin, coming from "Dambeling" which possibly means "large lake or inland sea" (although another source suggests it came from "dumbung", a game played with bent sticks and a hard piece of fruit). The lake nearby was discovered and named Dambeling Lake by explorers Henry Landor and Henry Maxwell Lefroy in 1843, and the current spelling was used by surveyors in the 1860s and 1870s.[2] Pastoralists and sandalwood cutters moved into the area, initially settling at Nippering, north of Lake Dumbleyung and 10 kilometres (6 mi) west of the present town. However, in 1907, Dumbleyung was gazetted as a townsite and became the terminus of a railway from Wagin. By 1915, Dumbleyung had grown to become the major rural service town in the region.

Present day

The nearby Dumbleyung Lake is a well-known attraction.

Dumbleyung itself is a service centre with a post office, school, tavern, public library, caravan park and other facilities. Both the tavern and roadhouse offer counter meals. Each year in November the town hosts the Bluebird Festival, attracting visitors to the town.[3]


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