A farming town in the Great Southern agricultural region.

Lake Dumbleyung is the largest body of inland water in Western Australia. It was here, in 1964, that Donald Campbell set the water speed record in his boat 'Bluebird' on Lake Dumbleyung. He achieved the remarkable speed of 444.66 km per hour.

Each year in November the town hosts the Bluebird Festival, attracting visitors to the town. Features include a Ute Muster, Fashion Parade, Tractor Pull, Markets, Sideshow Alley, Mini Golf Competition and Dog Races.

The surrounding area was once fertile region with grasses and trees that today have been replaced by dead trees and barren soil. Salination, a problem over most of the wheatbelt, has all but destroyed a once productive area.

Brief history: the first grazing leases in the area were taken up by George Kersley in 1875 which included part of the lake. As Dumbleyung was on the route to the goldfields, some enterprising farmers would load their wagons with supplies and take them out the goldfields and auction the contents. The town was declared in 1906 with the railway arriving in 1907.

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Where is it?

268 km south east of Perth; 39 km east of Wagin.

In 1843 the explorers Edward Landor and Sir Henry Lefroy visited Lake Dumbleyung and recorded the name as Dambeling Lake. It is from this name that the town's name is derived. It is of Aboriginal origin, though its meaning is uncertain. Some sources state it is the name of the native pear tree, presumably because fruit from the tree was picked here. Another claims it refers to a place where a game called dumbung was played. Yet another states it means "large lake or inland sea', referring to what it today known as Lake Dumbleyung.

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