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Mumballup

A very small and pretty settlement on the Donnybrook - Boyup Brook road, situated on the Preston River, about 30 kms south of Collie. The former Donnybrook - Boyup Brook rail passes by the town. The Bibbulmun track also emerges from the bush here to cross the road. This is farming country in a section of the Darling Range which affords the area many rugged, hilly views. The name origin is unknown but it is probably derived from an Aboriginal term


 
 
 
 
 

Mumballup - Hotel

The Mumballup (Mumby) Hotel on the Donnybrook - Boyup Brook Road. This was built in 1907 and was originally called the Forrest Tavern. It has also been known as the Forrest Hotel and the Forrest Wayside Inn. In the early days, the old hotel spirits store room was used as a school room for around seven years. There is a Westrail coach stopping point outside the hotel. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP001

 

Mumballup - School Site

Just to the left of the Mumballup Hotel is this block of land. As the sign says, this was the site of the local school in the 1930's. I'm sure I saw another sign pointing to another old school site from a different era a little way up the road to Collie. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP002

 

Mumballup - Highway

A view along the Donnybrook - Boyup Brook Road. You can see exactly how far the town site is from both Donnybrook and Bunbury. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP003

 

Mumballup - Bibbulmun Track

Here at Mumballup is a section of the Bibbulmun Track (which starts in Kalamunda and wends its way down to Albany). This sign, below graceful hills, reminds passers-by of its proximity. The track emerges from the bush a few kilometres up the Collie Road and crosses the Donnybrook - Boyup Brook Road here. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP004

 

Mumballup - Railway

Look closely through the greenery here and you'll see a glimpse of what was once the thriving Bunbury to Boyup Brook railway line. In many places now, healthy trees have sprung up between the tracks. I believe the line was closed in about 1980. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP005

 

Mumballup - Cafe

Just up the Collie Road a couple of hundred metres, and up a little track off to the right is this rather splendid cafe. I stopped here for a bite to eat and I must say it would be hard to find a more pleasant setting or pleasing fare. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP006

 

Mumballup - Cafe

This is entering the cafe. What impressed me is the huge amount of time and effort and TLC the owners have put into this place, its gleaming cleanliness, its aesthetics and its peaceful ambience. You can also buy Mumballup beauty products inside. Well worth calling in. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP007

 

Mumballup - Hills

A view over this superb hill from the cafe outside dining area. The undulating straw-coloured landscape is so typical of this area. Some of the hills are quite steep. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP008

 

Mumballup - Farm Road Mail Box

Most of the farms all over have Road Mail Box services. This place has been a little more decorative with the teapot, the tractor, the barn, and, oh, another letterbox! February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP009

 

Mumballup - Bus Shelter

The farmers at this place have been rather innovative providing a sun or rain shelter with a customised water tank, perhaps children waiting for the school bus to come along. February 2011. Photos Ref: MMBP010


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