Nimmitabel is a quaint township set on the rolling Monaro Plains. A small village of only 324 people (2021 Census), it was known under different iterations such as ‘NimmityBelle’ and “Nimmithyball”. The name “Nimmitabel” is derived from an Aboriginal word, though its exact meaning and origin are somewhat uncertain. Some interpretations suggest that “Nimmitabel” could mean “place were many waters start” or “dividing of the waters”. However, like many Indigenous place names, the precise meaning may vary depending on different interpretations and historical contexts.

The town was settled in the 1850s, and was officially proclaimed as a village in 1871. Nimmitabel was settled due to its strategic location as a stopping point along the route from the coastal areas to the Monaro region and the Snowy Mountains. The area’s fertile land attracted pastoralists and farmers, who saw its potential for grazing livestock and agriculture. Over time, the village grew as a hub for trade, transportation, and agriculture, becoming an important part of the Monaro region’s history and development.

The area around Nimmitabel has a rich Indigenous history that predates European settlement. The traditional custodians of the land where Nimmitabel is located are the Ngarigo people. The Ngarigo people have inhabited the region for thousands of years, living a semi-nomadic lifestyle, hunting native wildlife, gathering seasonal fruits and plants, and practicing cultural traditions.


Known for its friendly community atmosphere and stunning landscapes, visitors to Nimmitabel can explore its historic buildings, enjoy outdoor activities such fishing at Lake Williams, and savour the local culinary delights. With its idyllic setting and warm hospitality, Nimmitabel invites travelers to experience the serene charm of country living in the heart of New South Wales.

Accommodation is available in town at the Royal Arms B&B, the Federal Hotel and Nimmitabel Motel. If interested in exploring the rural charm of the surrounding region, try rustic and secluded log cabin on Kallaroo Farmstay, or charming cottage Old Minton. Open for food, you’ll find Bertie’s Cafe and the very popular Nimmitabel Bakery . The Drover’s Bistro is open for dinners on select evenings at the Federal Hotel.