Murdunna

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Murdunna
Tasmania
Murdunna is located in Tasmania
Murdunna
Murdunna
Coordinates 42°47′S 147°52′E / 42.783°S 147.867°E / -42.783; 147.867Coordinates: 42°47′S 147°52′E / 42.783°S 147.867°E / -42.783; 147.867
Population 321 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7178
LGA(s) Tasman Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons

Murdunna is a small town in south-east Tasmania, Australia at the head of King George Sound, a narrow bay opening off Norfolk Bay. Murdunna is approximately halfway down the Forestier Peninsula on the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur. It is around 6 metres (20 feet) above sea level. At the 2006 census, Murdunna had a population of 321.[1]

Population increases in the summer months, and it is becoming increasingly popular with people from Hobart who are looking for weekend getaways. Many houses are owned by non-residents who use them as holiday homes. The name Murdunna is believed to come from a local indigenous word meaning "place of the stars".

Tourism is a major source of income, although forestry was and still continues to be a major employer. Many inhabitants commute to Hobart on a daily basis with improved roads.

Recreation is centered on Sommers Bay, about 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Murdunna itself.

History[edit]

Murdunna Post Office opened on 1 June 1910 and closed in 1969.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Murdunna (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.