Pambula Village

History Trail

Welcome to the historic village of Pambula

Our History Trail is a guided walk around our beautiful village, highlighting some of our most historic sites.

You can listen to the stories of our past using the QR codes you will find in-person at the sites, use the map to explore or click on the links below to read more.

Forming part of Yuin country, the Thaua Aboriginal people have lived on and cared for the local area for countless centuries. Middens around Broadwater Lake and Pambula River date back to at least 3,000 years before present, illustrating a lengthy and lasting relationship with the district. In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to the elders, past, present and emerging.

The town name of “Pambula” comes from the local Thaua language, “Pamboola”, meaning “twin waters”, which is believed to refer to the meeting of salt and fresh, something that occurs at various points in the locality. Early European spellings were “Panboola” and “Panbula”.


This history tour was funded by the NSW Government Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund and the Pambula Community Bank. The project was facilitated by Pambula Business Chamber with the support of local historians – Angela George and Pat Raymond.