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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mullumbimby is 3,676, with a population density of 1.33 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mullumbimby is bounded by the localities of The Pocket and Billinudgel in the north, the locality of Ocean Shores, Synotts Lane, the Brunswick River and the locality of Brunswick Heads in the east, the locality of Myocum in the south, and the localities of Wilsons Creek, Mullumbimby Creek and Main Arm in the west.

Name origin

Mullumbimby is named from an Aboriginal word meaning “small round hill”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming and timber getting. Population was minimal until the 1880s when the township was established. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line in 1894. The main industries were dairy farming and fruit growing. The population increased gradually during the late 1970s and 1980s. The population continued to generally increase between 1991 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Mullumbimby includes a township (residential, commercial and industrial land use) and surrounding rural areas. Rural land is used largely for dairy farming and fruit growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mullumbimby & District War Memorial Hospital, Mullumbimby Museum, Mullumbimby Golf Club, Petria Thomas Swimming Pool, Brunswick Valley Heritage Park, Botanical Gardens Sports Field, Byron Street Sporting Fields, Jubilee Avenue Sporting Fields, Summers Park, Mt Chincogan, Council offices, the Brunswick River and numerous schools.