Towns in Australia

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Tammin WA


Postcode: 6409

Tammin is located 178 km east of Perth, Tammin is a typical wheatbelt town which derives its name from the tammar or tammar wallaby, a small wallaby which was the first Australian marsupial ever sighted by Europeans. The tammar, which only stands about 60 cm, is capable of withstanding droughts of over six months.

As the surrounding area developed for agriculture, there was sufficient demand for land in the area for the government to declare a townsite, and Tammin townsite was gazetted in 1899. Tammin is an Aboriginal name derived from the nearby Tammin Rock, a name first recorded by the explorer C C Hunt in 1864.

Hunts Well is a historical site located a few kilometres south of the town. Explorer Charles Hunt built wells and dams along his early exploration route which opened up the goldfields for future stockmen and other explorers.

An unusual granite outcrop is located 26 kilometres north of Tammin, 341 metres high it provides good climbing. Charles Gardiner National Park, with an area of 600 hectares, is best viewed during spring and winter when it is ablaze with wildflowers. Accommodation is available at the hotel, which also supplies meals.