DISCOVER NIMMITABEL

Welcome to the community website for the village of Nimmitabel.

Nimmitabel is a charming historic village on the Monaro region in southeast New South Wales – Australia, and is steeped in farming history.  For over a century it has been one of the premium wool growing areas in NSW.  At the 2016 Census, Nimmitabel had a population of 320.

Nimmitabel is an Aboriginal word for the ‘dividing of the waters’.  It marks the place where southern waters flow into the Snowy River and the northern waters flow into the Murrumbidgee River.  As with many other Aboriginal place names in Australia, the Europeans struggled with both the pronunciation and the spelling.  In the past Nimmitabel has been spelt  Nimitybelle, Nimmitybell, Nimithyball, Nimity Bell and Nimoitebool!

 Nimmitabel is on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, at the west of the Monaro Range, and lies 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the Wadbilliga National Park.  The area around Nimmitabel has the only true chernozem soil in Australia, a very rich, fertile and dark colored soil.

Discover more about Nimmitabel

Police Station & Lock Up

Nimmitabel Police Station and Lock Up – Built in 1862 the police station consists of offices, a residence, a court house, two stone cells and a three horse stable.

Nimmitabel Garden Club

Royal Arms

Royal Arms Circa 1850’s – originally the Cobb & Co station and stables and later restored as the Royal Hotel.  It appeared as the ‘Australian Hotel’ in the 1959 film The Sundowners.

Lake Williams

Lake Williams – Opened by Peter Cochran MP Member for Monaro on Australia Day – 26 – 1 – 1994.  This Lake and Park has been created by the New South Wales Department of Public Works, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council and the Lions Club of Nimmitabel for the benefit of the Nimmitabel Community.  The name commemorates the contribution to many district organisations by members of the pioneer Williams family, descendants of John and Sarah Williams, who settled on this land in 1839.

Nimmitabel Heritage Trail

Discover the rich history of the village of Nimmitabel. The Heritage Trail Walk explores the township and can be completed in an hour, or can be broken into 10 to 20 minute walks.

 The walk encompasses historic sites including Geldmacher House – circa 1863, the Town Well, Old Stone Mill – circa 1872, Uniting Church, Cenotaph, Pioneer Cemetery,  Public School, Police Station and old Lock-Up, Royal Arms, local Churches and many other interesting features and buildings. 

Nimmitabel Bakery

A small country town bakery with an amazing selection of breads, sausage rolls, pies and coffee’s! Pretty cozy with good service and ambiance. Located next door to the famous Nimmitabel Elephant. 

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