Nymboida, New South Wales

Nymboida is a rural village in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. It is about 21 kilometres south-west of Coutts Crossing, 44 kilometres south-west of Grafton and approximately 687 km north of Sydney. Nymboida is close to the challenging and popular white water rafting waters of the Nymboida River along the ArmidaleGrafton Road. The village is in the Clarence Valley Council local government area.

New South Wales
The Coaching Station Inn
Coordinates29°56′S 152°53′E
Population298 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation195 m (640 ft)
Location44 km (27 mi) from Grafton
LGA(s)Clarence Valley
State electorate(s)Clarence
Federal Division(s)Page

In the 2016 census there were 298 people resident in Nymboida, a decrease from the 427 recorded in 2006. 54.6% were males and 45.4% were females. The median age was 52. Of these residents 1.7% were Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander.


British occupation began in 1840 when squatters Gregory Blaxland Jnr, son of the explorer Gregory Blaxland, and William Forster established sheep stations in the area. Due to the land being forcibly taken from the Aboriginal inhabitants, violence occurred between the newcomers and the original owners.[2] Blaxland subsequently named his land claim Pandemonium due to the conflict that was encountered. Several years later, when he was trying to sell the land on, Blaxland changed the name of the property to Nymboida. The naming of the town of Nymboida, which is located within the boundaries of Blaxland's initial claim, was derived from this title.[3] Blaxland was later killed in further frontier violence when setting up a pastoral property in Queensland.[4]

Nymboida became a service stop for Cobb and Co stagecoaches, bullock teams, timber cutters, graziers and other pioneers who stopped here on the wool road from Armidale to Grafton. Nymboida now has an inn, general store, police station and a public primary school that has 20 pupils enrolled as of 2018.[5] Agriculture and tourism are the main sources of income in the region.

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  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Iluka (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. "CLARENCE RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY". Daily Examiner. 28, (8999). New South Wales, Australia. 5 June 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 15 October 2018 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. "CLAIMS TO LEASES OF CROWN LAND BEYOND THE SETTLED DISTRICTS". The Maitland Mercury And Hunter River General Advertiser. VI, (411). New South Wales, Australia. 10 June 1848. p. 3. Retrieved 15 October 2018 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. "Gregory Blaxland". geneanet.org. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  5. "School Locator". New South Wales Department of Education. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
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