Nungurner is a rural locality in east Gippsland, 10 km west of Lakes Entrance. It is thought that the name derived from an Aboriginal word describing the landscape.

Nungurner adjoins Kalimna West and in the 2006 and 2011 census both areas were counted as one. Kalimna West is the older area, having had a school in 1900. At that time much of Nungurner was uncleared bushland, and not until the 1920s did farming start and an access road built. A primary school opened in 1924.

Farming took in both grazing and vegetable growing. Nungurner’s lakeside was opened up with a foreshore jetty in 1957. For many years before then the Nyerimilang homestead and gardens had been a private holiday resort; it is managed by Parks Victoria as a public facility.

There were schools at Kalimna West and Nungurner. The former closed in 1992 and Nungurner had 14 pupils in 2014. Kalimna West had an active district young farmers’ club in the 1950s.

Census populations have been:

census date population
1921 20
1933 96
1954 92
1961 66
2006 406*
2011 471*

* Including Kalimna West

Further Reading

Marion Le Cheminant, Nyerimilang:gem of the Gippsland Lakes, Maffra, 1999

Kalimna entry