The village of Mumbil is located about 25 kilometres from Wellington. This quiet settlement began in 1879 with the coming of the railway. Though it is a small village, it is rich with history, like most places in the Wellington Local Government Area.
Mumbil is the closest village to the beautiful shores of Lake Burrendong and was its main service area when construction began on the dam in 1946. It is the perfect place for travellers to stock up on supplies before they head out to the Lake to enjoy the best water playground around.
The name "Mumbil" is derived from the Aboriginal word for "black wattle" which was once abundant in the area. This has inspired the name of Mumbil's major event, The Black Wattle Fair, held on the second weekend in January annually.
This unique event features an assortment of activities, including the entertaining Chuckakubra Competition, where competitors endeavour to see who has the best technique to throw an Akubra hat the furthest. The prize being bragging rights, and of course, an Akubra hat!
There is much to be seen and experienced in Mumbil, history abounds on the walking tour, whilst fishing and bird watching around the area are great for the nature enthusiast. A very involved community ensures that there are special events held throughout the year for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike!