Welcome to the community website for the village of Nimmitabel.
Discover the rich history of our village
Nimmitabel is a charming historic village located in the Monaro region in southeast New South Wales, Australia, which 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.
The name Nimmitabel is based on an Aboriginal word meaning 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 rendered as Nimmytabell (1837), Nimmitabool (1841), Nimmittybel (1844), Nimitybelle, Nimity Bell, Nimithybale and Nymytable (all in 1848), Nimmittabil (1851), Nimitabille and Nimithy Bell (1856), and Nimaty-Bell. The last form was submitted with a plan for the township in 1857, but it was changed to Nimmitabel in 1858 and that form has since been customarily used apart from the ose of Nimmitybelle briefly in 1862.
Nimmitabel is on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, to 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 coloured soil.