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Nimmitabel is a small town in the Monaro region in southeast New South Wales, Australia, in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council local government area. At the 2016 census, Nimmitabel had a population of 320.[1]

Nimmitabel
New South Wales
Monaro Highway in Nimmitabel.jpg
Looking south through the town along the highway
Nimmitabel is located in New South Wales
Nimmitabel
Nimmitabel
Coordinates36°30′0″S 149°17′0″E / 36.50000°S 149.28333°E / -36.50000; 149.28333Coordinates: 36°30′0″S 149°17′0″E / 36.50000°S 149.28333°E / -36.50000; 149.28333
Population320 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)2631
Elevation1,075 m (3,527 ft)
Location
  • 435 km (270 mi) SSW of Sydney
  • 152 km (94 mi) S of Canberra
  • 37 km (23 mi) SE of Cooma
  • 75 km (47 mi) W of Bega
LGA(s)Snowy Monaro Regional Council
State electorate(s)Monaro
Federal Division(s)Eden-Monaro
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
15.6 °C
60 °F
3.4 °C
38 °F
687.6 mm
27.1 in

The town is 37 kilometres (23 mi) south of Cooma and 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Bega. Nimmitabel is on a stretch of highway shared between the Snowy Mountains Highway (HWY B72) and the Monaro Highway (HWY B23).

It is on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, at the west of the Monaro Range, and lies 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of the Wadbilliga National Park.

Nimmitabel means "the place where many waters start or divide" in the local Aboriginal language.[2] Many various spellings were adopted for the town, including: Nimmitybelle, Nimithybale, Nimitybell, Nimity Belle and Nimmitabel.

The area around Nimmitabel has the only true chernozem soil in Australia, a very rich, fertile and dark colored soil.[3]











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ClimateEdit

Nimmitabel has a subtropical highland influenced (Cwb) oceanic climate (Cfb) with mild to warm summers and cool to cold, snowy winters averaging –2° to 8° C with evenly spread rainfall throughout the year. Frosts occur regularly during autumn, winter and spring. Because of its elevation and southerly latitude, several snowfalls can be expected each year from May to September.

Climate data for Nimmitabel, NSW (Wastewater Treatment Facility); 1,075 m AMSL; 36° 26' 14.28" S
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.2
(99.0)
38.3
(100.9)
31.7
(89.1)
25.6
(78.1)
23.9
(75.0)
17.2
(63.0)
14.5
(58.1)
18.7
(65.7)
25.6
(78.1)
26.1
(79.0)
31.1
(88.0)
34.4
(93.9)
38.3
(100.9)
Average high °C (°F) 22.8
(73.0)
22.6
(72.7)
20.2
(68.4)
15.7
(60.3)
11.6
(52.9)
8.3
(46.9)
7.7
(45.9)
9.4
(48.9)
12.8
(55.0)
16.0
(60.8)
18.6
(65.5)
21.6
(70.9)
15.6
(60.1)
Average low °C (°F) 8.5
(47.3)
8.9
(48.0)
6.7
(44.1)
3.6
(38.5)
0.9
(33.6)
−1.2
(29.8)
−1.9
(28.6)
−1.3
(29.7)
0.7
(33.3)
3.1
(37.6)
5.2
(41.4)
7.4
(45.3)
3.4
(38.1)
Record low °C (°F) −1.1
(30.0)
−1.1
(30.0)
−2.1
(28.2)
−3.3
(26.1)
−7.2
(19.0)
−8.7
(16.3)
−9.9
(14.2)
−10.5
(13.1)
−8.7
(16.3)
−6.6
(20.1)
−3.9
(25.0)
−2.2
(28.0)
−10.5
(13.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 68.2
(2.69)
59.3
(2.33)
59.5
(2.34)
48.7
(1.92)
51.5
(2.03)
66.9
(2.63)
50.1
(1.97)
45.7
(1.80)
49.1
(1.93)
58.1
(2.29)
61.7
(2.43)
67.7
(2.67)
686.5
(27.03)
Average precipitation days 7.6 7.5 7.9 7.6 8.6 9.8 9.0 9.0 9.4 9.5 9.0 8.6 103.5
Source: Climate statistics for Australian locations: Nimmitabel

HistoryEdit

  • 1840 Locals started calling the village Nimoitebool
  • 1845 Appears on Townsend's map as Nimmitabel
  • 1858 Church was built
  • 1857 Renewal of licence for hotel
  • 1858 Post office arrives
  • 1861 Bell's Store
  • 1863 Separate Courthouse built
  • 1865 Geldmacher builds windmill
  • 1866 Cameron's Store opens
  • 1869 Nimmitabel Public School opens
  • 1912 Railway arrives
  • 1921 Area's first saw-mill opens
  • 1959 Used as location for multi-Oscar nominated film The Sundowners[4]
  • 1986 Railway closes

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Nimmitabel (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  
  2. ^ "Nimmitabel". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 November 2009.  
  3. ^ KG McQueen "The Tertiary Geology And Geomorphology Of The Monaro: The Perspective In 1994" [1] Centre For Australian Regolith Studies, Canberra 1994
  4. ^ "America's Best, Britain's Finest: A Survey of Mixed Movies" - Google Books, John Howard Reid, pub. Lulu.com, March 2006. ISBN 9781411678774, p.241

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