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Tammin - Cities, Towns and Localities
Just over 180 km east of Perth, the town and Shire of Tammin is located in the central agricultural region, one of the wheat belt towns of Western Australia.

There are a number of theories of how the town got its name, such as ‘TAMMIN’ meaning grandmother or grandfather according to the ‘Descriptive Vocabulary of Aborigines of WA’ by G F Moore. Whilst others suggest that Tammin was named after the Tamma, a small marsupial that once inhabited the area or from the Tamma bush which is found growing throughout the district.

The town was first settled in 1893 by John Packham and gazetted in 1899. When the railway to Southern Cross was constructed in  1894-95, Tammin was one of the original stations when the line opened in 1895.

1896 saw the commissioning of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, a pipeline and dam project to deliver potable water to the Western Australia Eastern Goldfields communities. With the completion of the scheme in 1903, the township grew, providing services and facilities for those travelling along the route to Kalgoorlie.

Today, there continue to be a flow of travellers and vehicles through the region, travelling along the Great Eastern Highway, with Tammin offering a great stopover.

Source: Shire of Tammin

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Tammin Tourist Information Centre
C/- Shire Office
1 Donnan Street
Ph: 08 9637 1101


MSN Map of Tammin, Western Australia
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Tammin Attractions

Hunt’s Well
Just a few kilometres south of the town, is the historical site of Hunts Well. Constructed by surveyor and explorer Charles Cooke Hunt and his men, this well was one of a number of wells that provided a vital water hole allowing for the successful movement of livestock in the vast region. One of these vital well tracks was that which lead through the north-east to the Coolgardie area, and saw the success of prospectors Bayley and Ford being able to access the area and discovering gold.
Tammin Hydrology Model and Amphitheatre - Kadjininy Kep
Kadjininy Kep was officially opened in April 2005 - a project that features an interactive working Hydrology Model depicting a typical wheatbelt landscape showing how farming land is being lost to salinity and offering some long term solutions.

The 500 seat amphitheatre is used for numerous local artistic and cultural events. Shady grassed areas with barbeque facilities are also available for day trips or when passing through. See the shire website for future community events.
Charles Gardner Nature Reserve
This 799 hectare reserve is just 15 km south of Tammin and is popular during winter and spring when the reserve is ablaze with a variety of wildflowers, some of which are not found anywhere else in Western Australia.

Charles Gardner Nature Reserve was classified as an ‘A’ class conservation reserve in 1958 and is a floristically diverse nature reserve of value both botanically and historically. A district herbarium is established in the old railway station, enabling tourists and landcare groups to identify local flora and assist in collection of seeds of endangered species.

Named after Charles Gardner, who was Western Australia's Government Botanist from 1929 to 1950. Gardner contribution included defining the plant regions of the state and his 1935 ‘West Australian Wildflowers’ (West Australian Newspapers Ltd) an extremely popular publication, going through several revisions and is still in print as ‘Wildflowers of Western Australia’. Over his 50 years, collecting, identifying and naming plants, he described eight new genera and about 200 new species. As well as his publications, his greatest legacy is his plant specimens, estimated to be between 9,000 to 10,000, which form the Western Australian Herbarium.

Source: Shire of Tammin - Landcare

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Tammin Distance

Distance to Tammin
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Tammin:
Bruce Rock 81
• Coolgardie 378
Cunderdin 24
Esperance via Norseman 744
Kalgoorlie 413
Merredin 80
Norseman 541
Northam 82
Perth 180
• Southern Cross 188
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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