The old Borumba Homestead, Imbil National Park, Queensland

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I believe this to be the setting of The Call of the Bellbirds, a country music song, written and sung by the Webb Brothers, Fabian, Marius and Berard.

The Webb Family lived here for a period, beside Borumba Creek. This "wild little valley, 'bout a hundred miles from town" is adjacent to the the pine forests of Imbil State Forest, and nestles at the western foot of Mt Borumba. Here blue gums grow along the creek flats and bellbird colonies ring their tinkling calls.


I've been a wayward wanderer, but found I like to rest

In my home up in the mountains, the place I love the best.

I wandered to the city in quest of better times

But now I am returning to my home up in the pines.


So ring your bell, bellbird, you're a-calling me back home

To my home up in the mountains no more I will roam

For there will be contentment, and my heart will be at ease

Where the bellbird's call at evening floats on the mountain breeze.

* It seems I hear the bellbird in the valley far below

It brings back old-time memories of the days so long ago

So I'm finished with my wandering - I'm goin' to settle down

In this wild little valley 'bout a hundred miles from town

* I'm leaving in the morning - I'll soon be back again

To my life up in the mountains where my heart will know no pain

And then again at evening I'll sit outside the door

Just to listen to the bellbirds and hear their call once more


* Ring ting-a-ling-a ring ting-a-ling-a bellbird

Ring ting-a-ling-a call me back home

Ring ting-a-ling-a ring ting-a-ling-a bellbird

Ring ting-a-ling-a call me back home

Ring ting-a-ling-a call me back home

Since the construction of Borumba Dam downstream on the Yabba, this valley has been cut off from easy access to the world, except for a mountain road through Imbil State Forest. The Webb Brothers have since lived on the original family property "Thornside", about 40kms north of here.

Today, most of this property is now national park estate.

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Comments (2)

bdeh on January 1, 2013

WOW, that's a very beautiful place to live and a very nice picture Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 1, 2013

It is a very special place to live...among the ranges, beneath a southern sky, listening to the bell-birds and watching the cattle grazing. And the weather is very kind in this part of the world.

That is why I have retired to live about 20kms away.

Greetings from Imbil, Berend.


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