"Mundubbera - Central Queensland" Mundubbera by cafank

Mundubbera Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 20 photos

Meeting Place of Waters

"Mundubbera" is an aboriginal word meaning either "footsteps in the trees" or "meeting place of the waters". Apparently there used to be "footstep" trees in the area; there is still "a meeting of waters" as the Burnett, Boyne and Auburn Rivers all meet in this area.

Today Mundubebera is known as the citrus capital of Queensland and when the fruit is ready to be picked the population of the town goes from 2500 to much more as itinerant workers come in to pick fruit.

It's not all citrus, the area is fast becoming known for the wide variety of all fruit which is now produced in the area: mangoes, peaches, lychees, grapes (for eating, not wine) watermelon and rockmelon and quite a few other crops.

Other industries are beef and dairy cattle, pigs and timber.

Beyond the Black Stump

Mundubbera's town lookout is on the Burnett Highway coming in from the south east. There is actually two stumps here today - one concrete and one a true burnt out tree stump.

The 'black stump'symbolises the edge of the outback - when Aussies talk about 'beyond the black stump' they are talking about way out west or into the outback.

Some say that Mundubbera is well on the way to the outback... well at least it sort of on the edge of the Queensland Outback.

So many things to see and do

I had only 2 days here so didn't see half of what was around the area - there is definitely a need for a return visit.

You can tour 'Bugs for Bugs' where predatory bugs are produced to be used in biological pest control.

You could visit the Jones Weir - great fishing for yellow belly, bass, eel, catfish - the list goes on.

Auburn National Park is famous for its 'dinosaur eggs', granite gorge and a natural amphitheatre.

Visits to many farms and related factories can be arranged by staff at the Visitor Centre.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A great little town, lots to see and do
  • In a nutshell:More than just another funny Aussie place-name
  • Last visit to Mundubbera: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Nice to see your page on Mundubbera, haven't been there for years. Quite enjoyed it the last time though! I wonder how many towns have the Black stump, I have seen three!


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