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Tammin  Western Australia

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Out along the Great Eastern Highway, roughly halfway between Cunderdin and Kellerberrin, about 180km east of Perth, Tammin is a small wheatbelt town made memorable by the huge grain silos that dominate the landscape. Built in the early 1960s, the silos are the first in Australia to be made of concrete. Tammin is another of the towns between Perth and Kalgoorlie to benefit from the construction of the Goldfields Water Pipeline which takes water from Mundaring dam, just outside Perth, all the way to Kalgoorlie. Stretching over 550 kilometres, it's the longest water pipeline in the world. The stress of conceiving and overseeing the building of the pipeline caused its creator, C.Y. O'Connor, to take his life on Fremantle Beach just a couple of months before the water started flowing. It reached Tammin in 1902. If you’re visiting town, make sure you see Hunt’s Well - an important water source for the area - and the 160ha, 341m-high outcrop known as Yorkakine Rock, about 26km north of the settlement. The town, which also boasts friendly golf club, was named after a small marsupial called a tamma.


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