Why Live in Nimmitabel?
Nimmitabel means the ‘place where many waters start or divide’ in the local Aboriginal language. The village has a population of 240 and an elevation of 1070m. This location means there are four distinct seasons with cold snowy winters, luxuriant spring blossoms, hot dry summers and colourful autumns.
According to available records, Nimmitabel was settled in the 1830's but wasn't designated as a village until a survey in 1858. At this time the village consisted of slab and bark huts amidst rich grazing properties leased from the crown. Employment opportunities have always been somewhat limited. A sawmill at the northern end of the village operated from 1948 until closure in 1992 and there were a small number of jobs available when the railway was operating. Throughout the 1990's we lost our RTA depot, railway service, post office and sawmill. Severe droughts since the mid 1980's have meant that grazing properties which in the past had managers and farm workers, are now reliant on casual workers. Today there are only half a dozen businesses in the main street, mostly catering for the passing tourist trade. Extensive information on Nimmitabel's history is available on information signs at Lake Williams and Geldmacher House. The tourist information brochures carried at all the shop front businesses includes the Heritage Trail map. Another rich source of historical information is the local publication "The Journey from Nimitybelle to Nimmitabel", also available at several of the businesses. Nimmitabel's Heritage Trail is a fascinating walk through almost 200 years of villagers rising above adversity and creating something special- Nimmitabel.
Real Estate and Design
The properties offer the combination of a sea and ski change, as it is located just over an hour from the far south coast and NSW ski fields. The village offers all town services including water, wastewater, power and phone while it also has a country club with bowls, tennis and golf. A busy main street offers coffee shops, bakery, post office and convenience store. The homes are traditional and have historical characteristics. Make the best of all seasons as you are within close proximity to the beach in summer and the snowfields in winter. Some houses were constructed in the 1880’s, and the features acknowledge a by-gone era. These include open fire places, cedar architraves and skirting boards and high ornate ceilings, whilst incorporating many appointments to suit modern living. Some are extremely appealing, with western red cedar weatherboard constructions, timber floors and country-style kitchens. There are small properties, perfect for the winter or summer holiday and open landscapes, making Nimmitabel a sought after location.
Within and around the village, local businesses offer a range of services including meals, accommodation, a general store and speciality stores. There are also picnic, BBQ and rest stop facilities at Lake Williams and at the local Caravan Park and park. The view from Lake Williams to the Snowy Mountains is awe inspiring all year round.
Sports and Fitness
Each season offers a different experience and activity, ranging from walking the local Heritage Trail, National Parks, snowfields, fishing, farm stays, horse riding, 4WD, hiking, golfing, biking, bird watching, wild life sanctuaries and much more.
Distance from Cities and Transportation
Nimmitabel is half an hour from Cooma, just under 2 hours away from Canberra, 5 hours from Sydney and 7-8 hours from Melbourne. The area is serviced by CountryLink buses that make daily journeys to both Canberra and the Bega Valley, and there is the Cooma - Snowy Mountains Airport which is 15 kilometres from Cooma.
The Heritage Walk explores Nimmitabel's rich history and can be completed in an hour or may be broken into 10 to 20 minute walks. You will see Gelmacher House, circa 1863, the Town Well, the Old Mill, circa 1872, the beautiful St Andrews Church and many other interesting features and buildings. The Nimmitabel Show is held on the first Saturday of February every year. Enjoy country entertainment at its best with events, competitions, exhibits and all the fun of the fair like local produce, equestrian events and dog trials.
Restaurants and Cafes
There are cafes in Nimmitabel, offering a range of ethical meals catering for all diets like vegan, organic and gluten free. There is coffee for sale at the general store and a self-catered homestead out of town. The town has a country club and a motel with restaurants, and the Windmill Cafe sells Snowy Mountains Coffee, milkshakes, confectionery and eat-in or take-away meals. The Nimmitabel Bakery, located next door to the famous Nimmitabel Elephant, offers a wide range of breads, meals, pies, pastries and beverages.
Schools, Education and Institutions
The closest schools are in Cooma. Monaro High School is Cooma's only public high school, it serves the town and seven of the neighbouring rural towns and villages such as Berridale, Jindabyne, Nimmitabel, Bredbo and Dalgety. There are two public primary schools including Cooma Public School and Cooma North Public School, both providing education for students in kindergarten to year 6. There is a Roman Catholic school called St Patrick's Parish School providing education from kindergarten to year 10. Cooma also has a private Christian school known as Snowy Mountains Christian School. TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute Cooma Campus provides further education.
- Municipality:Cooma Monaro Shire Council