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Numinbah history

Click to enlarge Egg Rock, Numinbah Valley, circa 1920s. Photographer unknown.

Egg Rock, Numinbah Valley, circa 1920s.
Photographer unknown.

Riding side-saddle through the Numinbah Valley, circa 1905. Photographer unknown.

Riding side-saddle through the Numinbah
Valley, circa 1905. Photographer unknown.

  1. The name Numinbah means hold tight country from nyummin meaning tight, for the Aboriginals believed that the narrow valley held the mountains together.
  2. An Aboriginal word meaning place of devils.
  3. Should be N'yumminbah, the small midjim palm or walking stick palm.

Location

Numinbah Valley is located in the south west of the Gold Coast.

The valley is about 116 square kilometres in area and is the major water supply catchment of the Gold Coast. The main valley strikes north from the McPherson Range and is enclosed to the south-east and south-west by the plateaux of Springbrook and Beechmont.

The area is characterised by cleared valley floors with some grazing land stretching up into the steep, sharply defined sides of the valley.

The Nerang-Murwillumbah road runs along the valley floor adjacent to the tree lined banks of the Nerang River and its tributary creeks.

The cliffs, narrow ridges, forested slopes and open farmlands combine to create one of the most scenic rural areas in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

European settlement

Settlement of the area is associated with timber getters moving up from the Tweed and Richmond Rivers in search of the valuable red cedar trees in the 1870s.

The timber resources of the area supported the economy of the local farming families, and supplied timber for a number of local and regional saws mills well into the 20th century.

Dairies, banana plantations, beef production, and later tourism, have played a significant role in the economic history of the area and inevitably have helped to shape a cohesive community.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.

Sources of information and further reading

Hanlon,W.E., 1934, The Early Settlement of the Logan and Albert Districts, p.238

Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p.60

Walkabout magazine, September 1958, p.34, 35

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