Dumbleyung - Places to See


Lake Dumbleyung and Donald Campbell memorial
On New Years Eve 1964, after a particularly wet winter had seen the lake fill to overflowing, Donald Campbell set the world water speed record when he raced his boat Bluebird across the lake at the remarkable speed of 444.66 km/h (276.3 mph). This made him the fastest man both on land and on water. A unique double.

A memorial to Donald Campbell's achievements is located on Pussy Cat Hill on the lake shoreline. Offering excellent views over the lake, it is clearly signposted 'Scenic Drive - Lake Dumbleyung' on the road from Wagin to Dumbleyung.

Lake Dumbleyung, undoubtedly the area's great attraction, is the largest natural body of inland water in West Australia. It is approximately 13 km long by 6.5 km wide with a catchment area which extends approximately 64 km north towards Kulin, 64 km south towards Narrangerup and 55 km east to Tarin Rock.

Heritage Trail and History
An interesting journey through the region can be taken by following the Dumbleyung Historic Schools Trail Heritage Brochure. The brochure details four separate drives which include the sites of 26 schools and cover a total of 374 km

There is an excellent book on the area titled A History of Dumbleyung written by Terry Klemm. It is available from the Shire of Dumbleyung office on the corner of Harvey and Dawson Streets.

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