Dumbleyung is a town and shire in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, south-east of Perth between Wagin and Lake Grace on State Route 107.
Dumbleyung's name is of Aboriginal
origin, coming from "Dambeling" which possibly means "large lake or inland sea" (although another source suggests it came from "dumbung", a game played with bent sticks and a hard piece of fruit). The lake nearby was discovered and named Dambeling Lake by explorers Henry Landor and Henry Maxwell Lefroy
in 1843, and the current spelling was used by surveyors in the 1860s and 1870s. Pastoralists and sandalwood
cutters moved into the area, initially settling at Nippering, north of Lake Dumbleyung and west of the present town. However, in 1907, Dumbleyung was gazetted as a townsite and became the terminus of a railway from Wagin
. By 1915, Dumbleyung had grown to become the major rural service town in the region.
The nearby Dumbleyung Lake
is a well-known attraction.
Dumbleyung itself is a service centre with a post office, school, tavern, public library, caravan park and other facilities. Both the tavern and roadhouse offer counter meals. Each year in November the town hosts the Bluebird Festival, attracting visitors to the town.