Burrumbuttock is home to the award winning Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre. The name ‘Burrumbuttock’ is believed to have aboriginal origins and the word ‘Burrum’ usually refers to water. Local belief, however, has the meaning as aboriginal for ‘Bullock’s Backbone’. From 1839 Burrumbuttock Station was originally 30,000 acres starting at Jindera gap passing through Burrumbuttock towards Walbundrie.
Burrumbuttock was developed on a crossroad to Walbundrie, Brocklesby, Walla Walla and Howlong.
In 1880 the Farmers Inn Hotel was established as a meeting place for locals and those passing through. In 1883 the Burrumbuttock Post Office was opened with the Burrumbuttock Store opening in 1921. In 1870 the first Holy Cross Lutheran Church was dedicated and in 1908 the present brick church was built and dedicated.
Burrumbuttock Public School was established in April 1888 with 14 children of mostly German residents. The school has now developed an award winning environmental education program through Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre.
Wirraminna Environment Education Centre This 4 hectare park in Burrumbuttock features a Discovery Centre with aquaria, a Corroboree Frog display, wetlands, woodland and native gardens linked by walking tracks. A self-guided walk informs visitors about the natural environment and ecology of woodlands. Ph: 02 6029 3185 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.wirraminna.org Corroboree frog Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre began in 1995 on 4 hectares of public land in Burrumbuttock, which was originally a stock reserve and public watering place, with a large dam (constructed in 1902 by Chinese labourers). Interpretive signage and a self-guided walk around the park tell the environmental story. A strong environmental education program is run every year for regional schools. The rammed earth Discovery Centre is used by school and community groups and contains an aquarium for native fish and a colony of threatened Southern Corroboree frogs.
- visit the Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, open every day, with the Discovery Centre generally open on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment. The Centre also offers picnic area with a free electric barbecue beside the picturesque dam.
- play some tennis.
- wander along the Burrumbuttock Walking Track, a 4.5 kilometre circuit track of the town.
- let the children play at the playground.
- or simply enjoy a BBQ in Schmidt Park.
- enjoy an ale and some country hospitality at the Farmers Inn Hotel.
A map of the town can be found here(PDF, 523KB).