The quaint rural township of Tammin is a convenient rest-stop and base from which to explore the countryside, experience the wonder of outback wildflower season, explore pioneering history and learn about 21st century Wheatbelt farming.
Located two hours and 15 minutes east of Perth by road, Tammin is on the self-drive Golden Pipeline Trail, which follows the path and story of the Golden Pipeline – engineered by C. Y. O’Connor in the 1890s to transport fresh drinking water 560 kilometres from Mundaring Weir to the arid Goldfields. Hit the trail and take yourself on a journey of discovery, visiting a 100 year old steam pumping station, walking across a dam wall and learning about the lives of the people behind the pipeline at the many museums along the way.
There are a number of self-drive detours nearby taking in the area’s natural attractions, reserves, flora, fauna and interpretive walking trails. Visit in spring and you’ll be greeted by a riot of colour as a myriad of wildflowers blanket the countryside.
At Charles Gardiner Reserve, 14 kilometres south of Tammin, 600 hectares of native flora await, home to a wide variety of vibrant wildflowers between June and November – many of which are unique to the area.
Yorkrakine Rock is another important haven for native plants and animals. This unusual granite outcrop, 26 kilometres north of Tammin, is 341 metres high, offering excellent climbing and panoramic vistas.
For more pioneering history off the Golden Pipeline Trail, visit restored Hunts Well just south of the town – named after explorer Charles Hunt, who built wells and dams along his early exploration route, opening up the Goldfields for stockmen, prospectors and other explorers. Today, this historic watering point is a popular picnic spot with locals and visitors alike.
For a fascinating insight into contemporary Wheatbelt water use and science, visit Kadjininy Kep. In addition to an interactive hydrology model, you’ll find barbecue facilities here, making it an ideal place to take a break from the road. Alternatively, meals are available at Tammin’s hotel, along with accommodation, if you’d like to extend your stay.