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DIMBOOLA

Welcome to Dimboola (including Antwerp)

Dimboola is situated on the Wimmera River and was previously known as ‘Nine Creeks’. The ‘Gateway to the Little Desert’, Dimboola is the setting for Jack Hibberd’s renowned play, Dimboola. The area was traditionally known as ‘Watchegatcheca’ by the local Aboriginal People which means ‘wattle tree and white cockatoos’. The name Dimboola comes from the Ceylonese/Sri Lankan word Dimbula which means ‘land of figs’

EXPLORE

For those wanting to get back to nature, Dimboola is the gateway to the Little Dessert. The Little Dessert has many bush walking and 4WD tracks as well as camping facilities. There are fantastic camping facilities at Horseshoe and Ackle Bend.

A few kilometers west of town, next to the Western Highway, is Pink Lake. You can view the lake from the rest-stop beside the highway or walk down the path to the edge of the lake. Yes, it is Pink! The intensity of the pink varies with the amount of water in the lake. When the lake is drier more light is reflected from the white crystallized salt reducing the impact of the pink.

DAY TRIPS

Located 22km north of Dimboola is Antwerp. Antwerp was first settled by Europeans in 1846, when George Shaw and Horation Ellerman applied for 130,000 acres (530km2) for sheep grazing. Ellerman named the area after his birthplace, the Belgian city of Antwerp. In 1858 Moravian missionaries arrived in the area. By 1859 they had built a church and over subsequent years, baptised many local Aborigines. This is known as Ebenezer Mission Station, where the buildings still remain and are open to the public.

35km north west of Dimboola is the Glenlee Flora and Fauna Reserve.

EXPERIENCE

Dimboola has plenty of activities to entertain the whole family with the Dimboola Print Museum and the Sidney Nolan Gallery for the history and art enthusiasts.

 

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Sleep

  • Dimboola Caravan Park

    The Dimboola Caravan Park (previously Dimboola Riverside Caravan Park) has 118 tourist sites and 46 of these are powered and 9 are ensuited. Most of the powered sites are grass. The park is pet friendly. Bookings can be made by telephoning the park.

  • Dimboola Motel

    Located off the main highway. All of our ground floor non-smoking rooms consist of either double or queen beds with new flat screen TV's, reverse cycle air conditioning & FREE Austar. Interconnecting rooms are available. Facilities included laundry, in ground swimming pool and free communal kitchen are available for all guests. Breakfast and meals are served to the rooms.

  • Riverside Host Farm

    A peaceful tranquil holiday or one filled with activities, the choice is yours. Riverside Host Farm offers comfortable self-contained cabins situated on a working farm. Located on the banks of the Wimmera River and adjourning the Little Desert National Park.

  • Victoria Hotel

    The Victoria Hotel is in excellent condition. Recently repainted, this hotel includes a bistro offering great country value meals, a bar, guest lounge and single and twin rooms.

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SERVICES

Petrol - Open 7 days per week – 8.00 am – 6.30 pm. Mechanical available 7 days per week. Fuel, Autogas, bottled gas, and BOC gas. Closed Christmas Day
Supermarket - Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm, Sunday 9.00am – 12.30pm.
Agricultural Supplies, Antiques, Automotive Supplies & Services, Clothing, Financial Institutions, Gifts & Home wares, Hair & Beauty, Pharmacy, Newsagency, Nursery, Post Office, Trades & Services

EVENTS

Dimboola Golf Club Tournament - July
A&P Society Show - 3rd Saturday in October
Swap Meet - October
Dimboola Rowing Regatta - November
Gerang Gerung Market - 2nd Sunday in November, 3rd Sunday in March

INFO

For more information about Dimboola, visit http://www.dimboola.com.au/ or the Hindmarsh Shire Council Website


 

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