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Mallee Highway at Underbool
Underbool is located in Rural City of Mildura
Coordinates35°10′0″S 141°49′0″E / 35.16667°S 141.81667°E / -35.16667; 141.81667Coordinates: 35°10′0″S 141°49′0″E / 35.16667°S 141.81667°E / -35.16667; 141.81667
Population217 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation91 m (299 ft)
  • 476 km (296 mi) from Melbourne
  • 154 km (96 mi) from Mildura [2]
LGA(s)Rural City of Mildura
State electorate(s)Mildura
Federal Division(s)Mallee
Localities around Underbool:
Murray-Sunset Murray-Sunset Torrita
Linga Underbool Torrita
Big Desert Big Desert Big Desert

Underbool is a town in the Mallee region of north-west Victoria, Australia. The town is in the Rural City of Mildura local government area and on the Mallee Highway—between Ouyen and the South Australian border – 476 kilometres (296 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Underbool had a population of 217.[1] The town services the grain farmers and graziers in the area. For tourists it provides access to the Pink Lakes in Murray-Sunset National Park.

The town name is thought to come from the German word underbolt given to it by surveyor Dr. Neumayer when he camped there in October 1861.[citation needed]

A post office opened on 15 July 1912 when a regular mail service was provided by the opening of the railway from Ouyen to Murrayville a month earlier.[3]

Underbool Primary School (No. 3819) opened on 5 November 1913, with a purpose-built school building opening in June 1919. A second weatherboard building was built in 1929, and the former Daalko school building moved there in 1967.[4]

With its neighbouring township Walpeup Underbool had a football team (Walpeup-Underbool) in the Mallee Football League until the league folded in 2015. Golfers play at the course of the Underbool Golf Club on Monash Avenue.[5]

Notable People from Underbool include Greg Brown, independent MP[citation needed], James Kilpatrick, professional latin dancer[citation needed], and Dallas Willsmore, AFL footballer player.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "(L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  2. ^ Travelmate
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ What Happened To All The Schools?. Local History Resource Centre. 1989. p. 72.
  5. ^ Golf Select, Underbool, retrieved 11 May 2009

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