Trayning

A small service town located in the central agricultural region.

A typical wheatbelt town, Trayning has natural granite outcrops, native birds, insects, reptiles, woodlands and stunning panoramas of wildflowers in season which are all easily accessible. The area experiences an average rainfall of 300 mm per annum which, with the average farm size of 2500 hectares, is enough to grow wheat and sheep as well as some oats, barley and lupins.

The town is a tourist base for exploring local wildflowers. In the surrounding area are some gnamma holes (ask in the town for directions), some unusually named granite outcrops including Billyacatting Hill (on the road to Mukinbudin) and Kodj-Kodjin which was originally known as Codgy-Codgy - surely one of the strangest and most amusing names ever given to a town in Australia.

Granite Loop Trail

A drive through the Eastern Wheatbelt and Central Agricultural regions of Western Australia, visiting the many picturesque granite outcrops in these area. Experience the striking beauty of massive granite outcrops that rise out of the landscape where an abundance of natural vegetation is waiting to be discovered. Wandoo, Salmon Gum, dense Honeymyrtles and Tea tree Thickets give way to flowering Granite Kunzea with their gnarled shapes.

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Where is it?

236 km east north east of Perth and 44 km east of Wyalkatchem.


History

The town came into existence in the late 1880s with the movement of prospectors and fossickers through the area on their way to the goldfields. It was common to stop at the Trayning Well which was an important water source between Wyalkatchem and Mukinbudin. When the Dowerin to Merredin railway was planned in 1910, Trayning was selected as the site for a siding.

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding. Trayning was one of the first five locations of bulk wheat transport on the Western Australian Government Railways and consequently one of the starting points of the Co-operative Bulk Handling system of grain receival points.

Origin of name: named after Trayning Well, the Aboriginal name of a nearby water source located on an old road from Goomalling to the eastern goldfields. The name was first recorded by a surveyor in 1892.

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